In 2006 under the leadership of Mayor Haakenson the city began publishing a quarterly newsletter that was mailed to interested households. As budgets got tighter, the mailed version was eliminated and an email link to the newsletter was sent to around 400 email addresses. Then, in the Fall of 2010, the newsletter was discontinued.
To reconnect with the community and encourage more two-way communication, I decided to re-start the quarterly newsletter once again. Carolyn LaFave, my Executive Assistant has co-ordinated the project along with Carl Nelson, our IT Manager. There are two big changes with this newsletter; first, the newsletter is web-based, and second, instead of 400 e-mail addresses, we now have over 11,000 addresses we will be mailing to! The greatly expanded address list comes from the extensive outreach we have accomplished in the Strategic Planning process our community has participated in over the past two years, led by Stephen Clifton.
In the newsletter you will find information from virtually all departments in the city. As with our finance op-eds which were in the media over the past four months, we want you to be aware of the various news, programs, new initiatives, successes, and challenges inside City Hall. Please take the time to give it a read!
Most of all, I hope you like the new look and content of the new newsletter. If you want to decline the newsletter, let us know. On the other hand, if you enjoy the newsletter, tell your friends and neighbors who may not be be on our list and have them contact us. We want to continue growing our contact with the community.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.