West Central Blogger

Monday, January 7, 2008

Who would promote a town with a pun? Hawley would.

Perhaps you've seen the billboard after a shopping trip to West Acres in Fargo: "HAWLEY WOULD be a great place to live and work!" The city of Hawley, pop. 1,882, located 22 miles east of the Fargo-Moorhead area, has been using this campaign for about a year now, and people have noticed.

The "Hawley Would" campaign is run by the Hawley Community Club, an all-volunteer group that seeks to bring new homeowners and new businesses to the town, raise awareness about opportunities to live and work in Hawley and improve the image of Hawley in the eyes of potential home and business owners.

While the campaign hasn't produced an influx of new homeowners, businesses or new construction, marketing coordinator Lee Schwartz says the publicity has certainly helped raise awareness, thanks in part to some excellent coverage by local media. Schwartz is also optimistic by the steady sale of existing homes and feels Hawley is positioning itself well for positive outcomes in the coming year.

Find out more about "Hawley Would."

Watch news coverage about "Hawley Would."

1 comment:

Kat said...

Carlos, MN is a small town located north of Alexandria, MN. I selected the city of Carlos for my business because I feel that it has a lot of potential to become a place that could provide real estate for small specialty business. At this time there are some vacant buildings that would be perfect for boutiques, bakery, or pizza shop.

I am writing this because after being asked several times why I chose Carlos, the reasons listed above are the answer. I am an artist with a vision, and my vision is to have a gallery in a place with shops and eateries that encourage artistic expression. Open Mic Nights, hand made soaps, candles, candy or pizza by the slice. I can imagine bicycles parked out front. Out of state license plates and people talking with accents.

Can you imagine it People? Yes you can! So take a drive to Carlos, MN, have lunch at Herby's and bring your wallet because there is a nice new gallery in town ready to satisfy your decor and jewelry needs. Ruby Hill Gallery, open Wed-Sat 10 am to 5 pm, 320-852-9900, www.rubyhillgallery.com .