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From the City Manager's budget message:
Strong communities spring from robust civic engagement. To build a strong community, it’s important to encourage dialogue from an array of interests. For many years, the City has worked with its neighborhood associations to encourage an open dialogue that has fueled innovation and engagement. In FY2014-15, the City partnered with the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations to hold an inaugural citywide neighborhood association conference where topics included neighborhood resources, planning and growth, code enforcement and environmental stewardship. The Police Department has an officer at each of the two dozen or so monthly neighborhood association meetings, and the City actively engages with the leadership of the neighborhood associations on a range of issues.
City representatives work with the Roseville Chamber of Commerce and various civic groups, industry associations, and public-interest forums to raise awareness of community issues and broaden the discussion on solutions. At the same time, City Council members host town hall-style meetings called "Council Coffees," where they engage in informal discussion with community members on topics of interest, ensuring another opportunity for the community to join the conversation.
The effort continues from there into the digital realm. The City’s online e-notify service offers free e-mail subscriptions on a range of topics from traffic alerts and public safety to policy items. And the City is actively engaged in a variety of social media channels, which also offer the opportunity for two-way interaction.
This budget reflects Roseville’s values and priorities, which help determine where we invest our resources. It’s the compass by which we navigate the City’s fiscal path forward, addressing our liability and allocating resources to ensure long-term economic sustainability. An important part of the City’s fiscal success has been its unwavering commitment to proactively managing expenses and ensuring it is well positioned to address challenges. Roseville is expanding the high levels of service we provide, working on key initiatives, and implementing policies to weather the next economic cycle. Yet we also will need to focus on our commitment to maintaining police and emergency services along with streets, roads, and facility infrastructure. Roseville will continue to look for opportunities to retain, attract and help expand business in order to create jobs and a vibrant local economy.
- Internal Communications—With research and strategy developed in FY2014-15 for an internal communications plan, the launch in 2015-16 is intended to connect our employees in more meaningful ways to each other. Offering insight about policies and operations and providing forums where ideas can be exchanged will strengthen employees’ ability to serve as strong ambassadors for the City. An internal communications website called “The Hub” and a printed newsletter to reach field workers will be part of this initiative.
- Open Data Portal—Launched in FY2014-15, the Open Data Portal offers a single website location where city data can be accessed. Initial data sets include often-requested items such as permits and crime statistics. As we expand this base, software programmers might use data sets from the portal to develop innovative mobile apps for public use