Redding, Calif. -- As more and more mom and pop shops are being run out of business by online shopping, it's more important than ever to be on the cutting edge of technology.
That's why the Shasta Economic Development Corporation created "Project Hometown" to offer local businesses a way to compete with online shopping.
According to a 2017 study by the organization, out of the 17,000 business in Shasta County many of them have webpages that aren't compatible with mobile devices.
So,with this new service not only will local businesses have a better online presence but it will be cheaper to use than most third party websites makers.
"Let's just say its going to be really easy to get a professional expandable website for well under $1,000," said Tony Giovaniello, President of Shasta EDC.
But one of the biggest issues the Shasta EDC saw with the Project Hometown was getting the major web developers to create these sites at discounted prices.
That's when they turned their attention to the high schools and created internships.
"We thought what if we get students involved and create an opportunity for internships. Teach them technology. Get them involved with potential employers with the tech companies then they work for the businesses," said Giovaniello.
Officials say not only has this changed the game for their project but also how Shasta County could soon be looking at business.
"Its a great opportunity to bring money into our community from outside the community," Giovaniello.
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