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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2009

City ranks among top 10 in total number of archived webcasts

The City of Kansas City, Mo., is ranked No. 10 out of more than 500 government agencies in the number of total archived webcasts. The webcasts include City meetings, conferences, special events and original programming that have been recorded, produced and distributed as streaming media content.

The ranking involves users of the Granicus Inc., system, which is managed by the City Clerk’s Office with support from the City Communications Office, a division of the City Manager’s Office, and the Information Technology Department.

“Our goal for committee meetings and other government proceedings is transparency and access, and Granicus is the industry leader in accomplishing that goal,” City Clerk Vickie Thompson said. “To achieve a top 10 ranking shows the commitment we have to make information available for our residents to keep them informed.”

Along with total archived webcasts, the City also placed among the top 10 in most archived webcast viewers and most archived webcasts created.

The archived content also includes the City’s eight original programs, which can be viewed any time, on-demand.

“This ranking indicates how the wide variety of video content available on our Web site has proven to be an effective and cost efficient means for the City to communicate information about City business, programs and services,” said Mary Charles, city communications officer.

The City continues to work with Granicus to improve its capabilities and to take advantage of new products and systems.

“I am very impressed with the work that the City of Kansas City, Mo., has done to increase government transparency,” says Tom Spengler, co-founder and CEO of Granicus Inc. “We look forward to working with the City to put even more public meetings, hearings, and other content online.”

Kansas City’s high ranking also indicates that it’s one of the leading contributors in Granicus' effort to bring one million government webcasts online in support of the new administration's goal of creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.

The City’s library of archived video content can be found at http://www.kcmo.org/kccg.

For more information, contact Vickie Thompson, city clerk, at (816) 513-3363.

    
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