New governor opens online channel
- By Brian Robinson
- Jan 07, 2003
Your Oklahoma portal
Oklahoma Gov.-elect Brad Henry has signaled his intention to boost online
communication between his administration and state residents by putting
his transition Web site alongside other government agency sites, even before
he's taken office.
Henry chose to have his first official Web site built and hosted by
YourOklahoma, which is managed by e-government firm NIC and which in turn
manages the state's official e-government portal (www.YourOklahoma.com).
YourOklahoma also will build and manage Henry's site after his inauguration
as governor later this month.
It's the first time that YourOklahoma will design and host the governor's
Web site. Outgoing Gov. Frank Keating maintained his own site and linked
to the state government's site.
The agreement to build the site was the result of similar thinking on
both sides, according to YourOklahoma spokesperson Deb Page, because each
approached the other almost at the same time.
Henry is using his transition site (www.youroklahoma.com/gov-elect)
to provide details about his transition team and inaugural events, but it
also has several areas where viewers can have more direct interaction. It
includes online forms for groups and organizations to issue speaking invitations
to the governor-elect, for example, and it has an area for people to recommend
individuals for official appointments to Henry's team.
The site also includes forms citizens can use to make detailed suggestions
about what they think is needed to improve Oklahoma's government.
Henry said it's important to offer a platform for citizens to express
an opinion and share ideas, because not everyone has the time to drop by
the state capitol. The current and future governor's Web site "will help
Oklahomans stay in touch with the state government, particularly the governor's
office," he said.
Robinson is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore. He can be
reached at [email protected]
Brian Robinson is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore.