New site helps Butler County residents find local help during coronavirus shutdown

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The Butler County Visitors Bureau has launched a new portal called Butler County Renewed, which includes information for businesses and residents including travel information, industry research and business signage, content for a virtual world, a local Spotify playlist and much more.

“It’s really a good resource for all people in our community as we navigate this pandemic,” said Tracy Kocher, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

It is available at

Travel-related businesses have been particularly devastated by current restrictions, she said, The BCVB developed Butler County Renewed to help local businesses survive during this time and prepare for a quick rebound as restrictions are lifted.

“The Butler County Renewed portal is really our way of thinking about the future, because at some point or another, we are going to be returning to a new normal. So, this is our way of providing resources to businesses and residents. It’s a complete repository of information for our community,” Kocher said.

Butler County Renewed also includes a Butler County recipe book, information about the bureau’s See Hearts, See Hope effort to display hearts in business windows and dining resources. The information is available on the visitors bureau website.

” As new resources are finalized, we are adding them to the portal with new tabs. So, we recommend that people check back often for new information. A new data resource was just added,” said Kocher.

Information about restaurants offering carryout and other Butler County-inspired activities is also available.

” Once restrictions are lifted and it is safe to travel, the BCVB is poised to welcome visitors back. These resources keep Butler County top-of-mind with future travelers,” Kocher said.

“The main point of every initiative that we are working on right now is to build the strength and resiliency of our community, and we know that Butler County and its communities are very strong.”

While Ohio’s stay-at-home order is in place, all kinds of businesses need to find new ways to bring their products and services to customers online. Specifically, a webinar presentation gives businesses strategies to create a strong digital presence, Kocher said, The industry research section provides travel-related businesses needed insights to determine the depth of the impact on the travel industry and it also helps determine inflection points as travel reemerges in future months.

“Staying connected with the BCVB is more important than ever right now. We will continue to provide resources for locals to stay connected to small businesses and support our vibrant communities. We are also continuing to develop and add resources designed to help businesses navigate this unprecedented time and prepare for a strong renewal once this historical moment has passed,” Kocher said.

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