I’m moderately tech-savvy but I’ll never be confused with a techno-expert. I was OK entering the wonderful world of Blogging but when I was asked last month why I wasn’t reaching out to the YouTube generation I must admit I was outside my comfort zone. I tried to say thanks but no thanks but this Kent resident was persistent. It turns out he’s not only persistent, he’s techno-talented enough to get this City Manager actually on YouTube.
One of the best parts of my job is meeting people that want to do something for their community. I get calls all the time from Kent residents that want to contribute their talents to the place they call home. One of my biggest challenges is actually figuring out how to put this home grown Kent army to work.
Mike (I didn’t ask Mike if it’s OK to use his last name) is a good example. He’s a long time Kent resident who has built a steady multi-media business into a profession. After getting paid to help promote Arkon through a series of media messages, he tracked me down at our kids summer lacrosse league and offered to do the same for Kent. I’m no genius but I’m smart enough to know a good deal and after seeing the quality of the Akron product I couldn’t wait to get started working with Mike.
Mike has tons of good marketing ideas but right off the bat he suggested getting some positive Kent messages up on YouTube. I tried back-peddling but he told me he’d take care of everything. He set up a time to interview me in downtown Kent, he asked questions and he shot about 45 minutes worth of footage. Since then he’s been trying to convert that into a series of short segments about Kent.
Two of those segments are now uploaded on YouTube. You can view them here: http://youtube.com/user/KentOhio360
It’s a bit nerve-wrecking to watch yourself on YouTube but I figure if it helps people understand what we’re trying to do here in Kent, then it’s worth it.
A big thanks to Mike and all those other Kent residents that have pitched in to help move Kent forward.