The Public Affairs office plans to deliver transportation-related
news to your desktop on a daily basis. Work is progressing
to put news clippings about ITD and transportation in Idaho
on the departments Intranet portal page, accessible
by most department computers. The conversion from photocopied
pages to electronic format might be complete by the end of
The change represents a leap in customer service to ITD employees.
Some advantages include:
Its a much more timely way of keeping informed
about ITD news, says Jeff Stratten, Public Information
Officer. As a department, well be more effective
in monitoring transportation- and ITD-related stories in the
news, and be better positioned to respond when necessary.
Stratten says much of the credit for the projects success
goes to Information Services staff members Peter Davidson
and Carol Barton.
Theyve been very helpful in creating a customized
web application that meets our needs. We described what we
were looking for, and they made it happen, Stratten
The new process also is expected to yield cost savings for
the department by eliminating clipping service fees and saving
staff time that was devoted to assembly and distribution.
Some overlap of distribution methods (paper copies and Intranet
posting) is expected while newspaper clippings and real-time
news coverage converge, and while the system is refined.