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County of Santa Clara to Launch Webcasting Technology

Residents Can Access Board of Supervisors Meetings Online

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – On Tuesday, January 26, 2010, the County of Santa Clara will officially launch the webcasting technology that allows residents to watch live meetings of the Board of Supervisors online. In the future, archived videos also will be available. The first Board Meeting to be streamed online will be held at 9:30 AM on January 26, 2010, and at 11:15 AM, viewers can tune in to the 2010 State of the County address.

“Transparent decision-making by elected officials is important in establishing public trust,” said Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager, who championed the program. “Webcasting makes Board Meetings more open and accessible to residents.”

Beginning Tuesday, the public will be able to access the video webcasting of the Board Meetings at: www.sccgov.org/boardwebcast . A calendar of the Board Meetings can be found on the County’s Web portal: www.sccgov.org , under “CONNECT WITH YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.”

“Online webcasting will help us engage the public on the important business of the County,” said Supervisor Dave Cortese, Vice President of the Board of Supervisors. “Constituents will have the option of tuning in to get immediate information while decisions are being made or viewing archives later at their convenience.”

Filming of the meetings will be conducted by CreaTV and live streaming on the Web will be provided by Granicus, Inc.

About Granicus
Granicus, Inc. is a provider of comprehensive government solutions for improving transparency, public participation, and collaboration over the Web. The extensive streaming media platform helps public agencies create, manage, and distribute live and on-demand streaming media content over the Web. The technology was built to support and enhance public meeting communications, internal trainings, and public education programs—while reducing staff time and costs. Granicus manages the world’s largest government-exclusive webcasting network, streaming an average of 200,000 government webcasts, with over 600,000 hours of archived content, on a daily basis.

About CreaTV
CreaTV San Jose is a non-profit organization that promotes the use of community media access resources for the free exchange of ideas and information. It provides support, management, production and distribution services to noncommercial, community-based media access programs. The organization provides necessary resources, including studio, mobile and video equipments, and training, to San Jose institutions, agencies, organizations and individuals and help them create noncommercial programming on public and educational access channels in the cable system.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408) 299-5119
Posted: January 22, 2010