Stand by, please: Greensboro Council is canceling session as a result of technical difficulties. Native information

GREENSBORO – Tuesday’s city council working session went dark less than an hour after it started – the victim of a bad computer server in town hall.

The city council had scheduled a special working session via videoconferencing at 2 p.m. to discuss economic development and budgetary issues, but it became clear early on that things were not going well.

After a year of virtual meetings, the city’s staff have mastered the format and all council members and moderators of the agenda were online as expected.

However, the link available to the public to view this zoom call was never shown on the city’s website.

A quick check of the Greensboro Television Network’s alternative website also found no trace of the meeting.

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While city officials sought to send links to the media, the public was effectively shut out.

The meeting lasted approximately 30 minutes with a presentation from Brent Christensen, President and CEO of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.

City manager David Parrish then suggested that the city council take a 10-minute break so the city could find a way to make alternative connections to the meeting.

But when he returned at 2:40 p.m., he said the city’s streaming server was the culprit and the meeting should be canceled.

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