The county reckons with new-fangled technology

Tonight the Orange County Commissioners had a work session including two items related to technology. In the first, a consultant from the UNC School of GOvernment (how many of those are there?) presented Strategic Information Technology Plan which prioritized investments in tools for citizen engament and delivery of services. They also heard a brief update on the county staff's attempt to make agendas more electronically accessible through clean, searchable PDFs.

Both were quite neccesary and productive conversations, but the county needs to look at much more than the tools if they want to really serve the community. Our governmental bodies need to examine their entire organizational culture in light of a world in which transparency and openness are not longer just theoretical. Many hopes seem to be pinned on the newly-hired Public Information Officer (a first for Orange County) to provide some leadership here. I'm not sure how much she'll be able to do, but her existence is surely a step in the right direction.

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This Week in Orange Politics

It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

CHALT and the Sierra Club/Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/WCHL will hold candidate forums for Chapel Hill candidates.

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