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Building connectivity through Golden.com

Warden help to engage residents

Posted 1/19/15

In the list of community contributors to Golden who have worked to make it bigger than what it has been, better than it was yesterday and the best it can be in serving its residents, Barb Warden is certainly a pillar in helping to create community …

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Golden Business News

Building connectivity through Golden.com

Warden help to engage residents

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In the list of community contributors to Golden who have worked to make it bigger than what it has been, better than it was yesterday and the best it can be in serving its residents, Barb Warden is certainly a pillar in helping to create community value.

Founder of Golden.com, Warden has been engaging Golden’s residents and business owners through her website for nearly a decade.

“I like documenting things, and for some reason I just felt that Golden needed to be explained,” Warden said. “I wanted to tell people more about the community — my target audience is the people who live here.”

The “Complete Guide to Golden” or Golden.com indeed offers a complete guide to the goings-on in the city, promoting its businesses and latest sales, Golden’s attractions from Art on the Brix to museums and theatres and a calendar filled with local events.

Logging on to the website reveals a current announcement explains why the holiday lights are still up in downtown. But another bonus to using the website is the option to subscribe to its daily email blasts which offer news, city council happenings, and event notifications.

“I don’t know how she does it but she’s wonderful,” said Laura Woodworth, treasurer for the board of the MOMS Club of Golden, a support group for stay at home moms and an active contributor to community events.

Woodworth, who subscribes to the email alerts, has been able to share information received from Warden to club members through Facebook. The club’s Facebook page has doubled in “Likes” and parents in and around Golden rely on the page for fun family things to do, she said.

“She is a wealth of knowledge,” Woodworth said.

In the trend of daily email news alerts which has been a staple for most large media outlets and digital newsletter start-ups such as theSkimm, Golden.com offers a daily dose of local happenings that inform residents about their community.

“It’s my only real source,” said Lisa DeCaro, director at Miners Alley Playhouse. “It’s very comprehensive without taking a lot of time, that’s a key for me,” she said. “She (Warden) is so involved in town and it makes it easier for the rest of us to be involved without having to put in all the work.”

DeCaro, along with her husband Len Matheo, who also directs Miners Alley, appreciate the publicizing of shows at Miners Alley, too.

“I know what’s going on in my community all the time by reading (the emails) and I can literally sell myself to the city of Golden to other people based on Golden.com,” Matheo said. “So I would assume that other people are grateful to get to know what’s going on with my organization the way I am grateful to know what’s going on with their organization.”

In addition to running Golden.com, Warden has published three books about Golden and is an active community member through her participation in many of Golden’s community building committees and organizations including the Golden Cultural Alliance, Honorary member of the Golden Rotary, and co-founder of Golden Beer Talks.

She has received a handful of awards including the recent Golden Landmarks Association Living Landmark 2014 and the Golden Chamber of Commerce Civic Award 2010 and the Golden Rotary Rotarian of the Year 2006.

“I like Golden because it’s such a small town, so neatly encompassed,” Warden said. “My husband and I have these discussions about how do you envision retirement, what it comes down to is he’s going to be in the garage and I’m going to continue doing what I’m doing — sitting there in front of the computer, writing about Golden.”

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