Myself, Cesar and Dusty went to the first of six Townhall Meetings regarding the redesign of the City of Austin’s website. At one time our site was voted the one of the best in the nation, unfortunately it hasn’t changed since then.
Pete Collins, CIO, did most of the talking and was very receptive to the audience’s thoughts and opinions – and even gave out his personal email address and phone number. We talked with Matt Esquibel who’s heading up the project. He seemed to really know his stuff and was a designer in his past life so I’m looking forward to a beautiful exterior for the site. Something that was interesting to me, they’ve deiced to build the site in Plone . They are looking to hire asap – I believe they have three full time positions open.
I was telling Paul Hopingardner how I believe the city needs a private media network to talk about/publicize what the city is up to. I’m subscribed to all these blog from The Valley, but really what I want to read about is what’s happening here in Austin. …We’re having drinks on this topic soon, I’ll report back.
On another note, it was my first time inside our City Hall, it’s very sleek, but quirky at the same time – fits Austin.