The city of Portland will begin live-streaming broadcasts of all City Council committee meetings Tuesday when the Economic Development Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall.

City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said in a statement that the addition of web-based broadcasts comes after the city made several technology enhancements aimed at improving government transparency and improving the customer experience.

City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau initiated the upgrades in 2017 by putting forth a resolution that called for more video streaming options.

Meetings of the full City Council and Planning Board meetings have been broadcast since July through the city’s Facebook page. Council committee meetings will be broadcast on Facebook Live starting in April. Over the past month, the city installed camera and microphone equipment in City Hall meeting rooms to accommodate live streaming of City Council committee meetings.

Grondin said City Hall staff members are also working with a Yarmouth company, Tyler Technologies, to implement a new software platform that will allow the city to share and disseminate data to the public in a more user-friendly way.

All of the city’s live-streamed feeds can be found on Portland’s website – portlandmaine.gov – under the government tab. Meetings will be archived on that page and available for viewing the next day.

Dennis Hoey can be contacted at 791-6365 or at:

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