Wednesday March 18, 2009
For Immediate Release:
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622
Stephen Haag 574-1204/ 645-1752
When it began in November, residents of Metro Louisville were able to be at any meeting of the Metro Council with a click of a mouse. Web streaming has brought all meetings of the Council to any home or office with internet access.
Now, Louisville Metro Government has been ranked as one of the top government sites that offer such a service to the citizens of a major city or community.
“In the new technological era of openness and transparency in government, we are pleased that our efforts at web streaming have been recognized,” says Metro Council President David Tandy (D-4). “This shows more of our citizens want to learn about their government and technology is an easy way for them to find out what is going on.”
The Metro Council officially began webcasting its regular and committee meetings in November of 2008 using software created by Granicus Inc. Working with Metro TV, anyone can watch a meeting online live or review any previous meeting under an archived list found on the Metro Council’s Home Page; www.louisvilleky.gov/metrocouncil.
“Now the public can actually see what went on at a meeting and how decisions were made,” said Metro Council Clerk Kathy Herron. “Over time we anticipate higher usage as citizens become more familiar with this new tool -- web streaming. We have also found the system is very easy to navigate for any user of a computer.”
Since November there has been an average of almost 200 hits a month to watch Metro Council meetings.
“I am pleased that we added the web streaming feature to our website. This addition has made government even more accessible for the citizens of Louisville’” says Councilman Kevin Kramer (R-11). “It’s terrific to know that our citizens are utilizing this tool and are actively engaging in the local government process”.
Kramer was President in 2006 when the Council first began the needed software upgrades to make it easier for the public to obtain information online.
Some 500 public agencies are currently using the Granicus Inc. system as a way to not only broadcast online but to create and efficient record and archive of meetings.
To see a listing of archived meetings of the Louisville Metro Council go to: http://services.louisvilleky.gov/metrostream/?viewid=2
David Tandy (D) 4
Kevin Kramer (R) 11