The City of Santa Rosa is currently conducting a series of meetings at a variety of locations intended to attract targeted audiences to tell them what the City’s website should do for them. Steve Cancian, Shared Spaces consultant who is assisting plan the Roseland Area Projects, has scheduled gatherings throughout the City. As you read this, four have occurred, targeted at advocates and activists, families and children, seniors, and the southwest community. This week, Steve will be meeting with students and youth, web community, tourism and the visitor agencies, and the business community.
I have attended all meetings, and have suggested the website needs to support a more participative and engaged community, is simpler to find information, and is embracive of a wider set of content reflecting the entire city.
Very recently, a decision was made to conduct a ninth meeting, one aimed at listening to members of the Open Government Task Force and Santa Rosa Together. It will be held in the Council Chambers this Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:30am. I know this is a late notice, but I encourage all of you to attend if you can do so. The ideas being collected will be incorporated into the design specification for the vendor chosen to build a new website for the City. The meetings so far have been very well run, and the ideas varied and responsive. If you have questions, I’d be happy to respond to them either through email (email@example.com) or phone (546-5771).