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From the Ponderwell Software and Web Development blog ...
On October 12, the evaluation committee for the Community Media Development Initiative recommended to Asheville City Council that they enter into a three year contract with Ponderwell for the development of our proposal for an online community media outlet. Council responded by voting not to fund anything. We were…surprised. Not necessarily by the decision not to fund our project, but by the lack of questions put forward about it. Opening statements from Council members indicated that we had not managed, in our initial proposal, to convey our vision of an online, community-based newsroom and what it could offer to the people of this area. Given the limited number of pages allotted for that proposal, that was to be expected. We had hoped, however, that through questions and answers we could paint a better picture of exactly what it is we want to create. Unfortunately, Council appeared to have already made up their mind. And that, as they say, is how the cookie crumbles. Or at least it was yesterday.
Today, however, we have two questions to answer: what have we learned, and where do we want to go from here?