I wanted a site that would be a one-stop shop for current information and a place where those working around the Capitol could exchange ideas both under their name and anonymously.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 19, 2012
Visiting the Texas State Capitol might seem a daunting experience to someone unaccustomed to navigating the seemingly endless underground extension or the hundreds of similar looking offices in search of their local elected official. Keeping up with who’s who at the Pink Dome can sometimes be a challenge even for the most veteran Austin reporters, lobbyists, or state workers - as many elected officials move offices or change staff members in the years between legislative sessions.
Virtual Dome Texas (VDTX), created by a former legislative staffer, wants to take the mystery out of the dome and make it easier for anyone working at or visiting the Capitol to exchange and share information, discuss policy and even debate the merits of legislation in a safe, managed online environment.
“As a person who has worked in and around the Texas State Capitol, I realized how much time we spend seeking out different information on various sites. Even then, there is no guarantee that the information we find is up to date and accurate,” said Christie Goodman, founder of Virtual Dome Texas, LLC. “I wanted a site that would be a one-stop shop for current information and a place where those working around the Capitol could exchange ideas both under their name and anonymously.”
Interactive forums managed by VDTX staff provide users the ability to share opinions on political issues, debate legislation and to exchange views on policy in real-time. Christie says this feature has been one of the most interesting to the users who’ve been testing the site. “We see opportunity to help these legislative offices connect with each other through Virtual Dome to discuss and debate new and future laws.”
Early users of the site have been busy testing VDTX for several weeks now, helping the development team prepare the site for launch. “I’ve worked at the Capitol and in the private sector, and what’s most impressive is how effective a resource Virtual Dome is for people in both worlds,” said Jenni Sellers, the state government affairs manager for Select Management Resources and Lone Star Title Loans.
VDTX launches officially on the evening of February 23, 2012 at a special event in Austin. Please visit http://www.virtualdometexas.com after that date for complete sign up and subscription information.
About Virtual Dome Texas
Virtual Dome Texas, LLC. (http://www.virtualdometexas.com) is a non-partisan, fully interactive experience allowing those with an interest in the Texas State Legislature to interact with others in a safe online environment. Members benefit from the site’s comprehensive mix of interactive forums and real-time debate features to exchange information about legislation and policy issues. Virtual Dome Texas (or VDTX) members have access to its continually updated online Capitol information resources including; member and staff contact information, event calendars, lobby directory, campaign events, lobby directory and more. VDTX is based in Austin, Texas.