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Ken Welch to give Pinellas State of the County addresses



There’s the State of the Union address and the State of the State address and soon there will be the State of the Pinellas County Commission address.

Don't yawn just yet. The idea, which came from Commission Chairman Ken Welch, would have him delivering quarterly updates on the county’s goings-on, geared to residents who want to be engaged without devotedly following every hours-long commission meeting. The county will post the addresses on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, Welch said.

"One of the things I wanted to do this year was use social media more productively to let folks know what we’re doing," he said. "Here are the things we’ve accomplished, here’s what we’re working on, here’s what important."

Each address will be between 10-15 minutes will likely be delivered to the camera in the same style as the State of the Union. Along with potentially reaching new people, the speeches could also increase Welch's visibility, which certainly wouldn't hurt if he does eventually run for mayor of St. Petersburg.

Welch said he is hoping to put out the first video by the end of this month.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 12:59pm]


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