There is a lot of great video out there being made by government operations, at all levels of government. A well-run city has a connection with its citizens and uses reasonable resources to keep the citizens informed of city activities, including fire safety, traffic, roads and parks.
The web channel we’re saluting for the week of Nov. 22, 2013, is the City of Eugene, Oregon’s YouTube channel. Eugene has many well-produced videos on its YouTube channel featuring many aspects of the city’s operations. This includes a series of videos that put the city’s high-tech businesses front and center with its “Bold Steps” awards. Other videos discuss major paving projects, the city’s courts, downtown revitalization, fire service improvements and even a documentary celebrating the city’s many immigrants. One eye-opening video showed the city’s financial response the to recession that started in 2008, a video that did a good job of going beyond the numbers into the recession’s impact on lives. Most of these are in HD and most are put together by people who understand how to make videos.
Watching videos from cities around the country, there are many similarities in how they universally work to put each city’s best foot forward. Eugene’s YouTube channel does this exceptionally well and one reason is the quality of the videos themselves. With video that looks this good, it’s easy to get a favorable impression.
For introducing us to its diverse citizens and clear explanations of its complex projects, Government Video salutes the City of Eugene’s YouTube channel.