Friday, November 17, 2006

Getting Locals Involved

Cape Girardeau, one of my top 100 agurbs® and the focus of an entire chapter in BoomtownUSA, puts out a wonderful monthly email newsletter for their citizens. In it they try to keep people informed about things going on in the city.

On the front page of this month’s newsletter they highlight the various public meetings for the next month and also are soliciting citizen involvement in city boards. Some of the advisory boards that they have include: Airport, Adjustment, Appeals, Examiners, Cable TV, Golf Course, Historic Preservation, Parks, Planning, Zoning, Library, River Campus, Show Me Center, Business District, Trees and Vision 2020.

When I was in the Cape doing research for the book, I was impressed with how the town reached out to its local citizens and tried to make sure that everyone in the town knew where city government hoped to take the town.

What are you doing to make sure that everyone is on the same page in your town?

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