September marks the four-year anniversary of Neapolitan Labs and more than 16 years of developing websites for clients in Iowa and across the country. As we celebrate a year filled with new projects, new clients, and new accomplishments, we wanted to take a moment to look back at some key dates in our company’s history.

2004

McMillin Web Development was established by Brian McMillin, a student at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. During its first several years, websites were built and launched for newspapers in Iowa communities including West Branch, Marion, Coon Rapids, and Mt. Vernon.

2009

First convention and visitors bureau website launched in the city of Ottumwa, Iowa.

2010

First city website launched for the City of Grafton, Iowa. First school district website launched for the Cardinal Community School District in Eldon, Iowa.

Cardinal Community School District in Eldon, Iowa
2013

Relaunched the website for Mahaska County along with sites for the Mahaska County Conservation Board and Oskaloosa Area Chamber and Development Group in southeast Iowa.

2015

Established a relationship with the Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau, launching a site with new features including a blog, interactive events calendar, and individual listings for places to eat, play, and stay in Council Bluffs.

2016

Signed agreement with the Pleasantville Community School District in central Iowa. Our Pleasantville footprint would expand later that year with sites for the City and Library.

Added business, design, and developer positions to accommodate growing client roster.

Executed three-month social media campaign to drive engagement and likes to the Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for the Council Bluffs CVB. The campaign resulted in the quadrupling of Facebook page likes and an award for Outstanding Social Media Execution at the 2016 Iowa Tourism Conference.

September 2016

Neapolitan Labs was officially formed following a retreat in Santa Barbara, California, composed of its founding leadership team including Brian McMillin, President; Caley Lewis, Chief Business Officer; Loren Cook, Creative Director; and Caleb Lewis, Senior Designer.

2017

Council Bluffs Convention & Visitors Bureau site relaunches with new UNleashCB branding, paving the way for an Iowa Tourism Award for Outstanding Website in October 2017.

2018

Cardinal Schools website relaunches on the new Neapolitan Labs for Education platform, along with our fourth school district client, North Linn in Troy Mills, Iowa.

New website launch for the Pottawattamie Countywide Tourism Promotion Committee under the Watta Way Iowa branding. This relaunch, including an interactive directory of county trails, received the Outstanding Website award in February 2019.

Launched website for the City of Ottumwa.

First Missouri school district website launches for Lone Jack.

Neapolitan Labs is in the news, profiled by Iowa startup publication Clay & Milk.

Neapolitan Labs launches sites in Tennessee, Arizona, and South Carolina, in addition to powering existing websites in Iowa, Missouri, and South Dakota.

2019

Election-centric website launches following collaboration with the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office.

New website and branding for the Bridge View Center, southeast Iowa’s premier entertainment center.

Relaunched Pleasantville Schools website, marking the ninth district powered by the Neapolitan Labs for Education platform.

2020

New website designed, developed, and launched for Pottawattamie County, Iowa’s 10th-largest county.

Established a relationship with the Iowa State Association of County Auditors to modernize and relaunch their statewide website.

Website launched for Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services, serving the nine-county region in southwest Iowa.

Standalone election website launched for 13th County Auditor’s Office, for Marshall County, Iowa.

Website launched for Crawford County, expanding the Neapolitan Labs client base to reach 45 of Iowa’s 99 counties.

Working with Neapolitan Labs was easy, rewarding, and ultimately led to a wonderful website and employee portal. Brian and his staff bent over backwards to fulfill our requests. I will continue to recommend Neapolitan Labs, their content management system, their creativity with design and workflow, and their willingness to educate us on best practices. They fulfilled our website requirements where others could not. In short, you can’t go wrong with Neapolitan Labs.

David Bayer, Chief Information OfficerPottawattamie County

Finally, we say thank you to all of the amazing clients that have trusted us to help build their visions and bring their dreams to life. We’re also thankful for our families who have provided unwavering support and time to help us make this a dream come true. We can’t wait to see what our fifth year of business brings!

Brian McMillin

About Brian McMillin

Brian has developed dozens of websites for businesses and organizations for more than a decade. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Cornell College, he has an extensive background in web development, search engine optimization, and social media strategy, including nearly 10 years working in a digital strategy role at a major national media company.