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For Immediate Release:

 

Friday, March 24, 2006

Video of Goodyear Council Meetings

Live and Running on the Web

 

(GOODYEAR, AZ) Goodyear is hoping its “Goodyear Connected” video streaming of City Council meetings will introduce residents to its City government who have never seen it in action.  According to the 2004 Goodyear Citizen Satisfaction Survey, more than 80 percent of Goodyear’s households have internet access in their homes and could watch the Council meetings. 

 

After a few test runs, the video streaming of Goodyear’s WorkSessions, Regular Council meetings and monthly Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings is running smoothly and can be seen on the internet by clicking on the graphic “Goodyear Connected” on the homepage for Goodyear’s website: www.goodyearaz.gov.  The City began testing the system in late February and began actual video streaming with the March 20th meetings.

 

When watching the meeting on-demand, “Goodyear Connected” allows the viewer to choose which sections of the meeting agenda they would like to view and go directly to that section. The same happens with the meeting minutes.  By pulling up the minutes and clicking on the desired section, the matching video will pop-up next to the written minutes, so one can choose to either watch/listen to the video or read the minutes. The new software creates digital archives that allows them to quickly download whatever portion of the agenda they are interested in (such as a staff report), rather than have to download the entire Council Meeting packet (as was the case in the past) with files so huge that it often caused viewers’ computers to freeze up.

                                                        

The video streaming of the Council meetings that lets viewers tune into its government in action was a bonus feature of the software Goodyear purchased to increase the efficiency of  completing and publishing meeting minutes. The City Clerk’s Office says it now has the Council draft minutes on the website within 24 hours of the meeting  -- a day earlier than before.  Over 16 manhours of time are also saved in the preparation of the minutes.  The video streaming software runs at optimal levels either on broadband, DSL or cable internet connections.  Viewers who are watching on basic dial-up systems will not be able to see the video but will be able to listen to the meetings.

 

Originally called “LiveLink,” Goodyear changed the branded name of its web viewing system to “Goodyear Connected” because the videos may not be live when being viewed. Video will be “live” only when the viewer is tuning into the actual Council meeting as it occurs. Any other time a viewer wants to see what happened at Council, the recorded video is available “on-demand” on the City’s website.  “Goodyear Connected” also relates to the City’s new slogan, “Feel the Connection.”

 

 

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