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An Experiment…

It’s the third Wednesday of the month…yes…it is the day of my monthly County Planning Commission meeting.

However, today is going to be a bit different…

Today, I am going to the meeting without paper staff reports and project proposals….

Today, I am taking my Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the staff reports available electronically.

For the past year I have been telling my fellow commissioners that we need to go electronic and help save the County money in the expense of mailing weekly reports and project proposals.

Since the beginning of 2011, I have been keeping track of the cost to County of the large envelopes being mailed to me… $427.38 for postage…that is a weekly average cost of $12.57, not counting the labor for making the photo copies. With a commission of five people, that adds up to a potential annual cost to the County of $3268.20 in postage…and this has been a quiet year with relatively small and simple projects…we have not had the projects where the packages cost $36 to mail, multiple drafts, over several months.

In these times of tight budgets, what other boards and commissions could utilize mobile technology to save their counties, schools and companies money?

Here’s hoping it goes smoothly… lol

I did notice one major benefit right off… the electronic maps are actually legible 🙂

I would like to thank Dan Toland, from Ohio and Ray Prock, from California, for turning me on to the Samsung Galaxy Tablet and also thank Ray for showing me ‘RepliGo Reader.”

  1. September 21, 2011 at 7:20 AM

    How cool.

    In education, it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes for tablets to replace books. One of the plus points of our current economic crunch is that the savings aspect of change become powerful drivers for same.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      September 21, 2011 at 11:52 AM

      I can see great value and opportunity for schools to embrace new technology and merge it into our educational system. Exciting times we live in.

  2. Julie Walker
    September 21, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    Jeff…you are one cool cowboy…and an excellent example for us all to follow!

    • commonsenseagriculture
      September 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Not sure I’d go that far Julie, but thank you for the kind words 🙂

  3. Erin
    September 21, 2011 at 8:14 AM

    yahoo when do I get mine

    • commonsenseagriculture
      September 21, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      If I told you then it would no longer be a surprise 😉

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