Citizens interact with their city and county governments online
The WV Department of Education, the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs), the WV Association of County Officials, the WV Municipal League the WV Office of Technology, and the Claude Worthington-Benedum Foundation have partnered to create county and municipality
e-government websites launching from the WV.GOV state portal website.
This new portal allows citizens and local governments to interact more effectively.
project, which will take several years to deploy statewide, was first launched
as a pilot in six cities and their counties to allow a process to develop for
smooth implementation and maintenance.
Already online, the WV.GOV website helps citizens
interact with local government agencies, such as city and county
administrations. A total population of 157,379 citizens has already been
impacted by the pilot project with another 1.6 million plus citizens in the
remaining 49 counties.
meetings are being held throughout the state to discuss the project, ways to
use websites and the state's portal. People who attend outreach meetings will
learn about the efficiencies and cost savings associated with the deployment of
e-government applications. As an incentive to participate the designated
cities/counties will receive a license for Microsoft Office Professional
Students gain experience with leadership and web
school students will help shape the information that will be provided through
the new state portal. High school students were very effective doing the
legwork to gather data in each pilot area. School districts are developing
lesson plans that will teach the students interviewing skills and techniques
for collecting information, photos and video content for the websites, along
with how to design and update webpages.
participating in the e-government project have access to laptop computers,
digital and video cameras, and use of other tools that will assist them in
accomplishing their task. Each school district determines the level of course
credit or community service student participants will earn. CCF purchases
equipment suitable to meet the students' needs. Upon completion of the project,
the equipment becomes school property.
participating city provides a liaison to work with the students. This person
coordinates schedules for interviews and photo/video shoots, and coordinates
the review and approvals of appropriate officials. The intent of new local
government websites is to promote the city and county, provide information to
the public, and provide basic citizen-to-government interaction tools.
of keeping the website information current are addressed by allowing civics
classes to use the project as a vehicle to teach Content Standards and
Objectives (CSOs), Learning Skills, and Technology Tool Usage required by their
curriculum. New students become responsible for updating the sites each year.
Communities benefit from 24/7 access and cost savings
distribution of information and conducting transactions on the internet provide
substantial cost savings to local governments. And, citizens quickly see the
benefits of having 24/7 access to online services. CCF is committed to helping
elected officials and community leaders become familiar with and implement