February 23, 2009

Mayor Daley Launches YouTube Channel

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Mayor Richard M. Daley today joined officials at Google Chicago to launch his own YouTube channel. The channel can be found by visiting www.youtube.com/mayordaley.

"I set up my YouTube channel so residents and visitors can see some of the great things the city is doing on a daily basis to help improve the quality of life for our residents and how we are working to compete in our global economy," said Mayor Daley. "I'm proud of our city and all we have accomplished by working together and this site is a chance for me to talk with residents directly."

The YouTube channel offers a behind the scenes look at the Mayor's duties by highlighting courtesy visits from various heads of state, offering a personal tour of his City Hall office, and learning about his travels in the United States and abroad.

According to Nielsen NetRatings, YouTube is the fourth largest Internet destination. "YouTube has become a worldwide phenomenon allowing people to watch hundreds of millions of videos a day that create discussion and spark debate by sharing thoughts and ideas within minutes around the world," said Mayor Daley.

The Mayor also noted that technology has been key to moving the City forward and no one is more innovative than Google, who purchased YouTube three years ago, for its worldwide recognition for changing the way people interface with the Internet.

Founded in an apartment in Lincoln Park, Google Chicago had less than 100 employees in 2005. Today, they have more than 500 working in the areas of sales, advertising and engineering. In addition, they have assisted with the City's bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and just recently hosted 40 Chicago Public School students to educate them about engineering and computer science as part of the company's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."

"I'd like to thank the team at Google Chicago for partnering with us to make this channel a reality," said Mayor Daley. "My YouTube channel is another tool to help communicate to residents why Chicago is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I hope everyone enjoys this channel and has a chance to visit it often."

YouTube is a free video-sharing website. Registered users, including Mayor Daley, can upload an unlimited quantity of content. Video content will be uploaded and maintained by the City’s municipal television channel, ChicagoWorks.