Rockhill Design opposes city’s effort to send web site business out-of-state

Rockhill Design opposes city’s effort to send web site business out-of-state

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Rockhill Design announces its opposition to the City of Fort Wayne’s initiative that encourages local businesses to use an out-of-state company for web-site services.

“It’s frustrating to consider that my tax dollars are being used to encourage local businesses to contract with Google rather than a local company,” said Rockhill Design’s owner and chief creative officer Jon Swerens.

According to a city press release dated May 1, 2014: “Mayor Tom Henry, in partnership with Google, the Northeast ISBDC and Greater Fort Wayne Inc., today announced a yearlong initiative to get Fort Wayne’s businesses online through Google’s Get Your Business Online program.”

Google is an American multinational corporation based in Mountain View, Calif.

“If local companies decide to use a big business like Google for their web site needs, I honestly wish them well,” Swerens said. “And I certainly have no issues with a local firm choosing one of my local competitors. Fort Wayne has dozens of fantastic tech businesses that are well worth the investment.”

“But when our city leaders say, ‘Many small businesses have a misconception that getting online is complex, costly and time-consuming,’ and then recommends a California company for correcting that misconception, it’s very discouraging to the local web industry.”

Rockhill Design is a Fort Wayne-based marketing firm specializing in marketing coaching, print design, and web creation. The firm was founded by longtime Fort Wayne resident Jon Swerens in 2013.

Read the City of Fort Wayne’s press release here.