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03-02-2012, 11:35 AM #1
iPad Changing The Way Municipal Governments Do Business
It's always fascinating to observe how the enterprise community, non-profit industry, and governmental agencies deploy the iPad in new and innovative ways. Just this week, the city of Vancouver, Washington is being praised for finding a way to reduce paper printing by 50,000 pages annually.
"If you attend a Vancouver City Council or a City manager meeting," the City says on its website, "you are likely to see iPads at the desk in lieu of stacks of papers (multi-page handouts and agendas.) It is now common to see Council and City leaders working from iPads at the dais during meetings as the City moves from a print-and hand-out culture towards a paperless one."
Incredibly, however, the transition from paper to iPad comes not as a first step in a major, long-term paper-preserving effort by the city but as a result of a smart and humble suggestion from City Council member Jack Burkman.
Burkman is a a former high tech executive who "pushed the City to move away from printing large stacks of paper for Vancouver City Council meetings each week." Fortunately, City Hall listened and a good number of trees can thank the iPad for saving their lives this year.
“If we kept pace with a 40 percent page reduction, we would print 75,646 pages this year, saving more than 50,000 sheets of paper, additional hours of staff time spent printing and collating,” city spokeswoman Barbara Ayers tells The Columbian. “If we projected these kinds of savings to more departments, we think we can make an incredible impact, demonstrating good stewardship of resources.”
Sources: Vancouver, Washington (city website), The Columbian