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.
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.
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.
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/304910206/4bf0c299a5.