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Government Video Website of the Week: Columbus, Ind.’s Website

Webstreaming of government meetings to increase transparency

In and effort to make Columbus, Ind. city government more accessible and transparent, that municipality begins live streaming and archiving of public meetings on its website beginning Jan. 7, 2013.
The first meeting to be streamed live over the website is the City Council’s first meeting of 2013, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 7 followed by the City’s Board of Public Works and Safety meeting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 8, and a special meeting of the Columbus Redevelopment Commission at 6 p.m. Jan. 10.
Other important public meetings held in the Council Chambers can be broadcast as part of the service, according to Mayor Kristen Brown, who has advocated for increased transparency by government. By the morning after a meeting the video will be archived and accessible through Columbus’ website.
Anyone with Internet access can stay informed and keep up to date about decisions that affect them, even if they are unable to travel to City Hall at the time of the meetings.
In addition, Columbus plans to further extend the availability of public meetings by broadcasting them live on cable television by the end of 2013. The city is working with the local cable provider on the infrastructure requirements to establish that service.
For seeking to make city government meetings accessible to constituents, especially those who are unable to attend those meeting, by streaming those meeting over the municipality’s website, Columbus, Ind.’s website is Government Video’s Website of the Week.
Click here to access the website.