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Agencies Leverage Webcasting and Meeting Management to Decrease Costs and Build Public Trust (September 11, 2008)

DMN Newswire--2008-9-11--Granicus, Inc., the nation's leading provider of solutions for government webcasting and public meeting management, announced today that nearly 150 government agencies have adopted its technology so far this year, despite widespread economic challenges. 

The state of today's economy is presenting new challenges for cities, counties, special districts, and state agencies. Budget deficits, the downturn in local property tax revenue, employee layoffs, and cuts to services are creating a sense of uncertainty among constituents. In spite of these difficulties, nearly double the number of government agencies than a year ago are investing in government transparency with technology provided by Granicus.

Election-year rhetoric commonly emphasizes the proud tradition of open government. This year, governments are taking action and delivering real transparency, which is building trust in their communities and saving them money. To do this, they are turning to new technologies to build public confidence through increased openness, accountability, and efficiency. Citizen demands on government are also shaping today's necessity for government transparency. The public wants more transparency in deliberation, decision-making, and policy-making. As a result, government agencies are seeking long-term, affordable technology solutions to strengthen open government.

"Our exclusive focus on the public sector enables us to see a strong trend developing among government agencies. We're not surprised by the fact that agencies are recognizing that the budget crisis serves as an opportunity to make instrumental changes to the way they do business," says Tom Spengler, Co-Founder and CEO of Granicus. "Today, many public agencies are increasingly relying on technology solutions that create transparency and result in more public trust ? while decreasing both their communications and legislative costs. Granicus's remarkable market growth confirms the strong demand by citizens for transparency. Governments are applying webcasting and public meeting management solutions to fill transparency voids in their legislative and administrative processes."

This year alone, a wide variety of small towns, metropolitan cities, school districts, special districts, and state agencies have adopted Granicus solutions ? expanding the company's client base into 44 states across the nation. This broad range points to the prevalence of this trend among all types of governing bodies with differing powers and policy needs. Among them are:

  • Town of Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona
  • City of Ivins, Utah
  • City of San Marcos, Texas
  • City of Dallas, Texas
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Miami-Dade County, Florida
  • Knox County, Tennessee
  • Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia
  • Port of Oakland, California
  • South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation
  • Tuolumne Utilities District, California
  • Northwest Suburbs Cable Communications Commission (NWSCCC)
  • New York State Liquor Authority

Granicus software and services help agencies easily set up online repositories of government webcasts and digital documents ? all cross-linked, keyword-searchable, and conveniently accessible online 24/7. Granicus specializes in minimizing the impact webcasting has on staff time. Realtime streaming media indexing is built into public meeting management software for minutes-annotation and vote control, so government agencies can automate their processes and help ensure accountability at the same time. Staff from different departments and locations in governmental organizations can easily control their own content, while sharing hardware, software, storage, and bandwidth resources from a single system. These benefits provide agencies with a low cost of ownership.

This strong trend amidst difficult financial times is leading to smart cost cutting in public agencies across the U.S. The technology solutions they're increasingly turning to are from Granicus.

About Granicus
Founded in 1999, San Francisco-based Granicus, Inc. helps government reach staff and constituents without barriers. Public agencies trust our webcasting solutions to enable vital improvements to public access, staff efficiency, and government accountability. In addition, the combination of webcasting with public meeting management technology into a single workflow decreases administrative costs and simplifies public recordkeeping tasks. Granicus serves more than 400 governing bodies in 44 states, building close connections with more than 30% of the American population.

Lauren Alexander
Corporate Communications Manager
415-357-3618 x1788

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