Granicus has allowed us to streamline our agenda packet process to save staff time and promote sustainability with the reduction in copy paper, toner usage, and the elimination of typing verbatim minutes.
Granicus is my front line for research requests. Now that we've built 2 or 3 years worth of meetings in there and all the items attached to it, it's very, very comprehensive and really puts it all right in front of you really quickly.
Recently I was unable to attend an important council meeting related to our neighborhood. Fortunately, I was able to logon to our city's website and watch the archived video. It was not only convenient, but I was then able to follow up with my neighbors and council representative because I was well informed.
After trying out different approaches, we identified a SaaS solution, Captricity, to help us address the paper jam with handwritten and typed reports. Captricity allows us to upload scans of reports received via mail, fax or PDF and get back structured, machine‐readable data that is remarkably accurate, even for free‐form handwriting.
Constant communication is vital to the success of any program. A once‐a‐year calendar, while helpful, can't be the only thing you do. Engaging people digitally is cost effective vs mailings or print runs.
We are excited to present the OpenGov Platform as an inaugural partner of the Granicus AppStore. Our mission is to bring financial understanding and web-based budget analytics to governments and citizens across the country. This partnership will help bring world-class software to the world’s most important industry.
ReCollect has always had the vision that local governments should expect the very best software, delivered quickly, efficiently and at a competitive price. Being an inaugural partner of the Granicus' AppStore helps bring that vision to reality, this is something we are proud to be a part of.
We were looking for ways to better manage correspondence from the community. The Citizen Participation Suite has done this for us and it gives our council a professional report of meaningful feedback without a lot of work on the clerk's department.
Due to timing of some of our meetings, citizens would request DVDs or CDs of meetings they missed, taking up staff time and resources; with the Granicus solution in place, we essentially fill only one request per year.
SeeClickFix provides a simple and frictionless way to connect citizens and government officials for the greater benefit of their communities. Our partnership with Granicus will help make the procurement of the SeeClickFix platform just as convenient to purchase. It puts our technology at the fingertips of thousands of Granicus users and will give us a simplified purchasing and deployment model to conveniently reach a broader segment of IT leaders in the government sector more easily.
We were streaming our cable channel through a home-grown system but it wasn't very efficient and we didn't have the bandwidth to support it. We've been really impressed with the quality of video with Granicus and no longer have to worry about bandwidth consumption.
Textizen is dedicated to opening up the public input process to everyone, no matter their level of tech access or free time. Through this partnership with Granicus, we're excited to empower even more cities to reach community members where they are.
We were looking for a big forum where people could share their ideas and thoughts with us. Beyond that, SpeakUp has become a self-regulating educational tool for citizens who answer each other’s questions.
When I did my minutes before Granicus, I had to worry about decrypting my notes, cutting and pasting portions of documents, and then reviewing it all to ensure it was correct. Now it's all contained in one location and not only is my minutes process faster with Granicus, but it's guaranteed that my minutes are accurate. I don't have to worry about whether I recorded something correctly.
We had resistance from members of our staff who did not want to change their in-meeting process, so we needed to make sure that any integration we built was as seamless as possible and did not affect workflows.
It's definitely a lot better than anything we've tried before. Things go a lot faster. It has improved our transparency, too. With the implementation of Granicus, we now have all of our legislation online and available to the public instantly.
The process was so smooth once we got it implemented and the Clerk's Office was so happy we immediately approached the City Manager and said, 'hey let's do this for all of our meetings,' and he was extremely supportive.
The City Manager no longer has to do multiple meetings at multiple times and locations. Now, we do one meeting, create a publishing point with Granicus, and staff can watch it from their desktops. This has saved so much staff cost and time in attending and supporting multiple meetings and ensures that everyone is getting the same information.
Before Granicus, the City Clerk's Office received several calls each day requesting information regarding meetings. Now if someone calls in, we explain that they can access the information from our website. It has dramatically reduced the amount of time dedicated to public information requests in our office.
We wanted to increase government transparency beyond televising council meetings. Through research, Granicus kept coming up as the industry standard for streaming media and the quote we received was very cost-effective.
Being in Hawaii is like being in a small town, there's a community- feel to it. It's a people-driven community, and our content is community-driven. Through Granicus, we are providing a voice for our community and way for them to access it. The results we have seen have been extremely rewarding.
Something that has been a huge success – and I'll tell you my politicians absolutely love it – is iLegislate. They can't stop raving about the functionality... it really helps them to be prepared, and move through their meetings very successfully.
Before Granicus, we streamed and indexed videos in-house but it was a very time-consuming process, it took us two days to publish videos online. Now videos are publically available an hour after the meeting. It's been a big improvement and time-saver for our department.
Being able to live stream online opens us up beyond our region and now anyone can see what's going on. The price was ideal and the fact that Granicus was in place, and working well in New Orleans, really helped our staff decide to go with Granicus.
Small businesses are the heart and soul of our economy and a significant job creator. This new tool is a great example of how we are using technology and innovation to make government more responsive and efficient to help our businesses grow and succeed in our city.
It was important for us to make it easier for people to see our City Council meetings and participate in local government so we started researching online streaming .We looked at several Granicus client sites and were really impressed at how the software was tailored for government specifically. It seemed like the best fit for us.
Before Granicus we were manually posting video files to our website but weren't able to provide the player features that Granicus can. Being able to quickly find the information you're looking, by jumping right to the agenda item, is very helpful and user-friendly.
Our residents can click on the subject that is of interest to them, without having to wade through a 300 page document to find it. So, it's very popular with our residents. And now I get far less information requests because people can open the document and jump to the part of the agenda or to the part of the video they are interested in. It's made my job much easier.
Using Granicus technologies, we were able to create a Web environment for finding legislative info and viewing integrated streaming video.
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