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Economic Development is . . . (increasing the flow) of capital through the community and reducing its leakage.

2010 EDIES Story 11 of 24: How Garwin city leaders opened new local communication channels

A community input hazard mitigation meeting was about to wrap up when one leader casually mentioned he wished there was better communication between the City and the residents.  The group talked through the usual communication suspect channels and agreed that none of them sufficiently served the needs of the community.  It was at that meeting that city leaders recognized they can take matters into their own hands and address this need.  And that was how the Garwin City Newsletter was born.  Garwin City Clerk Lori Leytham explains.  Remind me – what are the EDIES

HOW WE DID IT: I wanted to connect and inform residents of information about the city and events.

HOW WE GOT THE IDEA: During a council meeting a citizen asked if there was a way to inform residents of events and information.  City clerk Lori Leytham suggested a monthly newsletter.

OUR GREATEST CHALLENGE: Finding time.  Besides compiling the information each month, it takes two hours to fold and label each newsletter.

HOW WE OVERCAME IT: I do it at home as to not take time away from being city clerk.

ADVICE TO OTHERS: Make a template to use each month.

WHAT IS NEXT: Expanding to email and allow advertising to defray printing and mailing costs.

Photo of project leader Lori Leytham by Wayne Chamberlain


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