How Southwest Louisiana is Connecting through Mobile

 Southwest Louisiana is home to Lake Charles and five parishes including Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis. This broad region provides residents and visitors with many things - a rich culture, fantastic food, exciting festivals and events, unique attractions, a vibrant business community - and now it can add a comprehensive mobile app to the list.  The Official...

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Discover Northwest Houston Unifies a Dispersed Community

 The official app of the Spring, Klein and Cypress Creek Communities is working to unify a large and diverse area of Northwest Houston, Texas. Discover Northwest Houston is a newly launched zCivic app developed in partnership with the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce. The Spring-Klein and Cypress Creek Community is located 20 miles from Houston’s central business district, and is...

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The Official App of Odessa Texas Reaches Residents, Visitors and the Business Community

 The new official app for Odessa, Texas, Our Odessa, is now available as a free download on Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. The Odessa Chamber of Commerce partnered with zCivic, a division of Bar-Z Mobile Development, to create the comprehensive community resource. The app combines features and content from the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, the City of Odessa, the Odessa Convention...

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Local Newspapers Still Play a Vital Role in Our Communities

This week, October 1-7, 2017, is National Newspaper Week. As the climate for news coverage continues to shift and alternate sources of information proliferate, you may wonder, what role do local newspapers play in our communities today? We are pleased to say that newspapers play a far more complex role in the civic life of communities than many Americans may believe. According to a 2011 Pew...

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Non-Dues Revenue Opportunity for Chambers of Commerce

Bar-Z Mobile Development has long been in the business of creating innovative mobile solutions for civic organizations of all stripes. Our apps focus on connecting, communicating, engaging, inspiring and generally enabling organizations to reach their goals using mobile technology. In addition to the recent launch of our new zCivic division, we are excited to expand our product and service...

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SXSW Interactive Provides Valuable Lessons To Civic Organizations & Publishers

SXSW Interactive Provides Valuable Lessons To Civic Organizations & Publishers SXSW Interactive has officially wrapped up just a few miles from the Bar-Z office. The yearly tech conference, currently celebrating its 30th anniversary, always brings new technology and discussion how a variety of industries should adapt to technological change.  In past years, there has always been a stand out...

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