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The City of Galveston Rolls Out Live Broadcasting of City Council Meetings on Facebook
City aims to increase engagement amongst citizens, students, visitors and business owners, while increasing transparency in government.
GALVESTON, TX (October 25, 2017) – The City has made it easier than ever for citizens, students, visitors, and business owners to stay engaged in City government. Beginning October 26th, citizens will be able to tune in to the City Council meetings simply by logging on to Facebook on their phone, tablet, or computer and visiting the City of Galveston’s Facebook page.
“While the City has offered a live stream of the City Council meetings online for many years, this new feature will allow us to reach people where they are,” said the City’s Public Information Officer Jaree Fortin. “We are looking forward to seeing the increased engagement and interest in the decisions that are being made for the City of Galveston.”
The City’s Facebook page on any given week can reach over 50,000 people and has increased the number of followers by over 11,000 in the last year. With almost 20,000 followers, the City is hoping to engage more citizens in local city government using this tool. The live broadcasts will also offer an additional layer of transparency for city management and leaders.
“This administration and Council prides itself on being transparent in all that we do,” said City Manager Brian Maxwell. “The ability to stream these workshops and meetings live, as well as other special meeting as they arise, will only continue those efforts.”
The City will continue to stream meetings on their website as well as their municipal access channel in addition to Facebook Live.
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Citizens now have numerous options to view the City Council meetings live as they occur: