The New York Times has just published a fascinating article about the town of Cornelius, N.C. (pop. 25,000), which has replaced town council paper work with iPads, swapping printing endless piles of meeting agenda packages with iPads for the town’s commissioners. Speaking to the Times, along with police chief Bence Hoyle, town manager Anthony Roberts explained why the town council had made the decision. Roberts said that for each meeting, 20 agendas at 200 pages per agenda would have to be printed up, making 4,000 pages per meeting, which would then be recycled. And aside from those printing and paper costs, simply putting the agendas together took eight hours per agenda, with changes often having to be made. Chief Hoyle also added that each agenda would have to be delivered to the town commissioners by the Police Department to ensure that they got it in time.
“We see it as a money-saving measure. We see it as saving our taxpayers money,” Roberts told the Times, going on to explain that the town owns 16 iPads in total, which are given to the department heads, mayor, board members, town clerk, finance director, police chief and the I.T. team. Roberts didn’t give a figure as to how much money exactly the town would be saving, but he estimated that the town would have saved the $8,000 spent on the iPads in approximately a year and a half.
Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/us...?_r=1&src=recg, via TUAW