Absolutely amazing. GF Girl has posted an entry about a letter that was sent out by the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) concerning fiscal matters. Like me, her attention focused on this money (literally) quote:
The budget does not include funding to complete our new web site that we carried over from our fiscal year just ended or to buy much needed new computer equipment to replace or at least upgrade 6 year old computers, particularly our server. I believe we can cover these expenses through increased fundraising.
NO! Have these people not been paying attention? Don’t they understand that they don’t need “funding” to complete or maintain a website? And what precisely can their 6-year old computers not do? And they’re going to go for “increased fundraising” to pay for a website and new computers? GFDA, please pay attention: did you know that some companies sell state-of-the-art computers and even servers for just a a few hundred dollars, and that you can build and maintain a website for a measly $11.00 per month? Sure you do – I’ve told you that on numerous occasions. And I even built a mock-up site to show you how easy and cheap it can be!
Note To Self: wait a minute — my trusty Dell desktop computer will be six years old in November, and the cost for maintaining my website isn’t going down. Maybe I should ask local businesses and civic leaders for increased funding! After all, the $11.00 that I pay each month for GreaterFalls.com isn’t going to appear out of nowhere!
Folks, I’m sorry for being so snarky, but the whole GFDA/website situation has gone beyond ridiculous. And I am not saying that the people who run the GFDA are bad, or incompetent…but the word “clueless” comes to mind.
And yes, I understand the point that perhaps some organizations don’t need a website with anything other than a phone number and an e-mail address…but (a) that isn’t the kind of website that the GFDA should have, since it is supposed to be attracting people and business to our community, and that can’t be done with a lame placeholder page, and (b) if they’re asking for increased funding for the GFDA website, then obviously they WANT something more than just a placeholder. As near as I can figure, they need a simple website that contains information and news about Great Falls, the local economy, some commercial real estate listings, the labor pool, etc. Nothing super-fancy or tech-heavy, right? It’s not as if the GFDA is aiming to build a site to compete with Amazon.com or Google or such.
But maybe I’m wrong. Perhaps there is some sort of uber-secret plan that the GFDA has under wraps for the website. Maybe I’m the clueless one.