Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ty Relations

Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ty Relations

Pro­grams & Services

The Direc­tor of Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions man­ages the City’s web­site con­tent fos­ter­ing fresh, appeal­ing, and cor­rect infor­ma­tion; inter­views indi­vid­u­als to pro­duce media releas­es and pub­lic announce­ments; and con­ducts and man­ages com­mu­ni­ty morale-build­ing ini­tia­tives as well as efforts to keep peo­ple informed.

Cham­pi­on of the Month”

The City of Mar­i­on show­cas­es indi­vid­u­als who dis­play excep­tion­al ser­vant lead­er­ship and/​or extra­or­di­nary achieve­ment in the com­mu­ni­ty. Any­one may share a sto­ry of a Cham­pi­on through our home­page. We intake sto­ries and rec­om­men­da­tions, and announce the Cham­pi­on of the Month”. Find Cham­pi­on Archives.

Employ­ee Spotlight”

High­lights great work or dis­play of excep­tion­al char­ac­ter by an indi­vid­ual or group of City of Mar­i­on employ­ees. The month­ly pro­gram lifts up the work of the par­tic­u­lar Spot­light while edu­cat­ing the com­mu­ni­ty on the fea­tured role and duties of the indi­vid­ual or group. Find Employ­ee Spot­light Archives.

Busi­ness Spotlight”

We fea­ture an out­stand­ing Mar­i­on busi­ness each month in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Grant Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Growth Coun­cil, Mar­i­on-Grant Coun­ty Cham­ber of Com­merce, and Main Street Mar­i­on. Find Busi­ness Spot­light Archives.

Dog Date Afternoon”

An ongo­ing pro­mo­tion­al cam­paign where Mar­ket­ing & Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions Direc­tor Lay­la Price-Bod­kin par­tic­i­pates in Mar­i­on Ani­mal Care & Con­trol’s Loan­ing Love” pro­gram by tak­ing a shel­ter dog for a walk at a Mar­i­on park or pub­lic place in order to pro­mote pet adop­tion and Mar­i­on’s pub­lic places. Find #Dog­DateAfter­noon Archives.

Weath­er Wise”

An edu­ca­tion­al social media cam­paign cre­at­ed to help the Mar­i­on com­mu­ni­ty pre­pare for the chang­ing sea­sons by pro­vid­ing sim­ple tips through­out the year. Weath­er Wise Face­book; Weath­er Wise Twitter


WBAT Talk Radio

Talk of Mar­i­on” — Month­ly seg­ment dur­ing the morn­ing pro­gram, Good Morn­ing Grant Coun­ty,” edu­cat­ing the com­mu­ni­ty by fea­tur­ing City lead­ers focus­ing on var­i­ous top­ics. The seg­ment airs on AM 1400 WBAT every 4th Tues­day of the month from 8:10 – 8:25am.

On the Air with the May­or” — The may­or is on the radio every oth­er Fri­day morn­ing in the 7 o’clock hour to give announce­ments and address ques­tions from Good Morn­ing Grant Coun­ty” hosts as well as call-in or text ques­tions from the pub­lic. He also ded­i­cates time each month while on the pro­gram to high­light the lat­est Sto­ries includ­ing Cham­pi­on of the Month, Employ­ee Spot­light, and Busi­ness Spotlight.

City Web­site Design

A part­ner­ship with Indi­ana Wes­leyan University’s Mar­i­on Design Co. where stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, and vol­un­teers worked close­ly with City of Mar­i­on lead­ers to design and devel­op a clean and robust web­site, pro­vid­ing an attrac­tive, reli­able, and resource­ful online hub of infor­ma­tion. Small­er projects for the web­site through this part­ner­ship are ongo­ing and will con­tin­ue as needs arise.

City Brand­ing Project

A part­ner­ship with Mar­i­on Design Co. of Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty where stu­dents, pro­fes­sors, and vol­un­teers devot­ed time and resources to devel­op a strong new iden­ti­ty and brand for the City of Mar­i­on based off of exten­sive research, com­mu­ni­ty col­lab­o­ra­tion, and cre­ative design…all while learn­ing and advanc­ing the University’s edu­ca­tion­al menu. To learn more, click Mar­i­on Design Co’s web link below. You may also watch this neat video about Mar­i­on Design Co. dur­ing the Mar­i­on brand­ing process, pro­duced by Tay­lor Uni­ver­si­ty film stu­dents: https://​vimeo​.com/​304910206​/​4​b​f​0​c​299a5.

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