By Jeff Kline

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10 Best Economic Development Websites of 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015

As the temperature drops and the leaves begin to change, one thing is very clear—fall is finally here! And on the Accrisoft blog, that means it's time for our annual roundup of the 10 best economic development websites of 2015.

We looked through hundreds of sites to make our final selections. While searching for the very best, we noticed several design elements that seemed to be trending among EDO sites.

What's trending on economic development websites in 2015:

  • Bright colors (we're seeing lots of blues, greens, oranges)
  • Use of transparency for captions, navigation and other text containers
  • Huge images with interesting treatments (filters, color overlays, etc.)
  • Animations and micro-interactions
  • Flat design elements
  • Icons with hover effects

You'll notice these trends and other great design elements on this year's list of the 10 best economic development websites. Enjoy, and get inspired!

 

Charles County Economic Development

Charles County Economic Development website

The website for Charles County Economic Development combines two popular design elements—diagonal lines and vibrant color overlays—to create a unique look. 

 

Washington, DC Economic Partnership

Washington DC Economic Partnership website

The WDCEP website grabs your attention with a video background and animated headlines. Below the header, you can toggle between different sections of content that are organized by industry.

 

Valparaiso Economic Development Corp

Valparaiso Economic Development Corp website

The full-page image rotator allows Valparaiso Economic Development Corp to showcase high-resolution photography of the region and its top industries.

 

San Jose Office of Economic Development

San Jose Office of Economic Development

The San Jose website's use of neon green is bold and bright, but it still looks very professional. Other great features of this website include the static photo background and the pop-out menu.

 

South Bend Region Economic Development

South Bend Region Economic Development website

Stunning photography takes center stage on the modern web design for South Bend Region. Unique caption boxes and hover effects add tons of personality to this site.

 

McMinnville Economic Development Partnership

McMinnville Economic Development Partnership website

This website features gorgeous photography, a clean layout and great use of whitespace. We love the color palette of warm red and yellow paired with pale blue.

 

Alpharetta Department of Economic Development

Grow Alpharetta website 

Alpharetta's website uses vibrant, color-treated images to create an energizing look and feel. As you scroll down the site, you'll notice some great animations.

  

Vermilion Economic Development Alliance

Vermilion 

The Vermilion Economic Development Alliance website does a fantastic job of pairing bold, flat colors with a beautiful photo background.

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council

Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council website

This economic development website is actually part of a 5-in-1 hub site for Clarksville, Tennessee.

 

Vail Valley Economic Development

Vail Valley Economic Development website

The Vail Valley Economic Development website uses vector patterns and subtle patterns to add some extra interest to its flat design elements.

Bonus:

There are so many great websites out there, so here are a few more that we recommend you check out!

Wayne Economic Development Council

Charlotte Economic Development

Green County, Georgia

Santa Cruz Economic Development

Woodstock, Illinois Economic Development

 

Your turn

We hope you enjoyed our roundup of this year's best EDO websites! If you want more inspiration for your next website redesign, check out our blog post on the Top 10 Web Design Trends of 2015.

If you know of a great economic development website, we'd love to see it.  Share it in the comments section below!

 

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