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Posted on February 24, 2009

If you have a Chicago job – or are looking for one – it might be useful to know the city has set up its own YouTube channel.

Mayor Richard M. Daley
and officials at Google Chicago teamed up to launch the channel. The channel will allow registered users to upload an unlimited quantity of content, which will be uploaded and maintained by ChicagoWorks.

The channel will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the Daley’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. The channel also highlights various economic and jobs initiatives, such as the recent Green Office Challenge.

“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,” Daley said in a press release. “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.

“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,” Daley continued.

Chicago has long used technology to its advantage to help the city move forward, including help from Google, which purchased YouTube three years ago. Google Chicago had less than 100 employees in 2005 and today has more than 500 employees in sales, advertising and engineering. Google also has helped in the city’s bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“I’d like to thank the team at Google Chicago for partnering with us to make this channel a reality,” Daley added. “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.”