The tempest over GSO's official Googlefi website hit the N&R this morning.
It's a real issue on two fronts: the site is inadequate to the job at hand, and the site does not seem to provide reasonable value for the price charged to build and maintain it.
All of those problems carry the caveat "so far," but this is a time-sensitive project.
On the other hand, it's too early and too breathless to say this part of the public effort "could blow Greensboro's chances."
The City's formal response to Google's RFI is a crucial element here. We are fortunate that Danny Thompson, Nancy Vaughan, Robbie Perkins, and other Council members jumped on this early, enabling staff to get going on the project.
Beyond that, factors beyond our control (location, demographics, economy) have to play a large role in GOOG's decision.
Still, the public response is said to be important.
It may be that more is going on behind the scenes than we know. I hope so, but that would be a problem in itself -- this should be a transparent effort with meaningful ways for the public to contribute.
Meanwhile, we're left to wonder: Where's Bill Knight? What are the CoC and Action Greensboro and the universities and MoCoHS and the public schools et al doing, and who is coordinating that effort?