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Commissioners Announce Launch of New Speakers Bureau

York County Commissioners Steve Chronister, Doug Hoke & Chris Reilly today announced the launch of a new Speakers’ Bureau meant to help the community connect with County government.

The Speakers’ Bureau allows interested organizations to select speakers on 39 different topics in 15 different categories ranging from Aging issues to drug abuse, the environment, the legal system and more. More are expected to be added.

“This program makes it easy for civic organizations, colleges, trade groups, churches and others to find people within County government to speak at meetings and events,” said Commissioner Chris Reilly. “It also improves community awareness of the services and assistance available through County government.”

There is no cost to reserve a speaker, though availability may be limited depending on the speaker’s schedule and work responsibilities. A link to the bureau is available by clicking here. 

President Commissioner Steve Chronister said the bureau is only possible through the commitment to outreach by County staff and participating row officers.

“While many of our departments have long accepted speaking engagements independently, we all recognize that centralizing our resources makes connecting with the community easier and more efficient,” he said. “It’s just one of the many initiatives and changes our organization has implemented to improve the openness, transparency and accessibility of County government.

Other examples include:

  • The rebranding, redesign and launch of a new County website in 2012. The new site has improved greatly community access to the County’s programs, services and financial information, resulting in an approximately 40 percent increase in web traffic. The County’s site now regularly receives more than 100,000 visits per month.
  • Posting of extensive financial data: The County’s posts more financial information online than ever before. Documents include several types of audits and financial reports, along with an archive of budgets dating back to 2004.
  • Expansion of the County’s social media presence. Under this administration, the County is leveraging social media to connect with the community. Its Facebook pages* currently feature more than 7,000 followers, an increase of about 900 percent since December 2011 (701 followers). Thousands more people also follow the County’s Twitter accounts.
  • Posting of meeting agendas online, in advance of each Commissioners’ meeting, rather than only providing written copies at the meeting per past practice. The County also publishes an archive of all meeting minutes and agendas.

“This Speaker’s Bureau continues our drive to engage the community in every way possible,” said Vice President Commissioner Doug Hoke. “While each initiative alone may be small, together they represent big changes in the way the County does business.”

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