By Keith Rosenblum
TNAZ Regional Correspondent
Citizens of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora’s second-largest city, may now able to do accomplish at a single website a variety of tasks that would previously required visits to a dozen portals — if, in fact they wouldn’t have obligated users to actually leave their homes and visit city offices.
This internet prototype, known as Cajeme 2.0 Digital, seeks to create an internet culture in a medium-sized, agriculturally-based city with consumer habits – including minimal internet usage interaction with government — similar to much of Mexico.
The program is a part of Sonora Digital, the state’s over-arching effort to make Sonorans trailblazers in online interaction with government. Both programs were conceived and implemented by the state’s new Office of Governmental Innovation (Oficina de Innovación Gubernamental). The Ciudad Obregón sites are at www.cdobregon.mx and www.cajeme.gob.mx.
The Obregón pages offer the staples of government and private-sector sites – lists of functionaries, zoning and permitting information, educational facilities and steps to start up a business – but also include such oddities as a “city-hall blog” and a kind of online critique called “citizens voice.” Also included are links to a half-dozen social networking sites and an invitation to “follow us” at each of the sites.
Program designers are hoping the site serves as a showcase for how government can administer programs, monitor citizen opinions and handle permitting online. It is to be reviewed monthly by city officials and an advisory panel of educators and public officials headed by Gov. Guillermo Padrés.
“We’re hoping that we get evaluated, instantly, and in ways we’ve never been critiqued before,” said Marco Antonio Paz, director of the Innovation office. “In addition to handling permitting, payments and information requests online, in a single venue, we think we can energize the economy.”
Once bugs are handled, the same system is introduced during 2010 in Navojoa, Guaymas, Empalme, San Luis Río Colorado, Caborca, Nogales, Agua Prieta, Hermosillo, Cananea and Bacum.
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