"I had heard from so many businesses, organizations and foundations what a hard time they were having planning their special events while not knowing what was going on in the rest of the county," said Hilton Snowdon, Gloucester’s tourism director. The new online calendar (www.gloucestercalendar.org) will provide individuals and organizations a quick look at various upcoming community events, he said, even providing information several years ahead in some instances.
The online calendar came about by a partnership of a number of community agencies, Snowdon said. East River Marketing of Gloucester was hired as a consultant for the project, Snowdon said, and a lot of input came from representatives of the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, the Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, and the county departments of Parks/Recreation/Tourism, Community Education and Information Technology.
But a key player was Justin Willis, a 2013 graduate of Gloucester High school, who lent a hand with the website development for his senior project at GHS. Willis estimated he spent more than 40 hours on Beeline development.
Denise Carter, special events supervisor for Gloucester P/R/T, said that her department has many special events planned throughout the year. The Beeline will help the department get the word out about its programs and those of other agencies both to local residents and tourists, she said.