In an effort to encourage civic engagement and to broaden our communication channels with the residents of the Town of Danville, I wanted to take a moment and outline how outreach from the Town has changed and broadened in the past few years. We have really stepped up our efforts in this regard, and are diligently working to get information out to our residents on the many projects, programs and events here in Danville.
Web page: Our Town webpage www.danville.ca.gov has a great deal of information about the Town, the departments, programs and services. The front page has links to all of the departments, as well as our community calendar, our “how do I” section and our “what’s new” section. “What’s new” carries short articles about things happening around Town. As new articles come online the older ones go into an archive.
Project pages: Because there is a great deal of interest in development here in Danville, the Town instituted the creation of project pages on the website. Project pages give all of the relevant information about a current development application, as well as a blog updated with the latest steps in the development process and a means of contacting the planner responsible for the application.
Social Media: A recent addition to the Town’s outreach efforts is social media. The Town has established a page on Facebook www.facebook.com/danvilleca. Two other place pages are also available, one for the Danville PD www.facebook.com/danvillecapolice and the Village Theatre and Art Gallery www.facebook.com/villagetheatredanville. Information items are posted on those pages throughout the week. A Twitter account @DanvilleInfo has also been established and the Town sends out tweets on a variety of topics such as the closure of the grass fields due to rain to the progress of the procession carrying Lnc. Cpl. Corral through the downtown. Pictures from Town events are posted on a Flickr account and videos are posted on both YouTube and Vimeo.
Publications: The Town’s Activity Guide is published to inform residents of upcoming classes and events. Seniors are able to hear more about the services available to them in the Silver Streak and Recreation Services puts out an e-mail newsletter.
e-News: e-News is an e-mail subscription service. Interested individuals can sign up to have notices sent to them on a variety of subjects. Any time a notice or informational release is sent out, a copy is e-mailed to the subscriber.
Press releases: Information is sent to the press on a regular basis for use in their online and print publications.
The Town works to be as transparent and available to our residents as possible. Go to our pages and ‘like’ them, utilize our Twitter feed or subscribe to e-News. We welcome input on how better to communicate with our residents.
Hope this helps give a sense of the various channels of communication used by the Town of Danville.
Have a great day.
Public Information Coordinator
Town of Danville