Thank you, City of Durango, for sharing your SIPA Micro-Grant project update with us!
DurangoGov TV (DGOV) is an online communication channel created to keep residents and visitors to Durango and surrounding counties, such as La Plata, Montezuma, and Dolores, informed and up-to-date. The channel has a variety of offerings - everything from council meetings to economic development to interviews with government employees to community events. The award helped to improve the reach, accessibility, and sustainability of DGOV. The City of Durango's use of the Micro-Grant epitomizes SIPA's mission to assist governments in putting more information and services online.
Mitchell Carter, Public Information Specialist for the City of Durango, said that the DGOV team was encouraged by other departments in the city to apply for a grant and that "the process was straightforward. The questions really made us think about how we should spend the money if we were to receive it." Carter went on to say, "During the 416 fire, we saw a significant spike in online viewership.” Having made community information awareness, safety, and engagement the top priorities this year, the DGOV team’s dedication to informing the public has paid off.
Read the full story here and get more insight to DGOVs successful year in community engagement.