FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2014
The City of Kansas City, Missouri, will join Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, to improve communication at the neighborhood level. The City Manager’s Office, Police Department and Mayor’s Office will use Nextdoor to directly share information regarding public safety issues, community meetings and neighborhood services and concerns.
“Nextdoor provides a good outlet for the City to communicate with specific neighborhoods,” said Mayor Sly James. “I encourage Kansas City residents to join Nextdoor to better connect with both their neighbors and the City, creating a safer and stronger Kansas City.”
Nextdoor is a relatively new social media platform that’s already used by more than 100 Kansas City neighborhoods. Residents can join Nextdoor for free by visiting www.Nextdoor.com and entering their address. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood before joining Nextdoor. Information shared on Nextdoor is password-protected and cannot be accessed by search engines.
Residents use Nextdoor as a neighborhood forum to report a lost pet, find recommendations for babysitters, and ask to borrow ladders and other tools. The City will have a limited presence; officials will be able to send out messages but cannot view residents’ personal information or any content within the individual Nextdoor websites. City messages will include important news, safety alerts, community events, services and programs relevant to individual neighborhoods.
“Nextdoor lets us easily and quickly inform residents about ongoing or new safety issues specific to a neighborhood,” said Police Chief Darryl Forté. “It helps empower neighborhoods to keep their communities safe, creating a virtual neighborhood watch.”
The City hopes that its presence on Nextdoor will improve its communication and relationship with residents.
“In recent years, the City has made a concerted effort to reach residents where they’re listening – through traditional public meetings and print publications, but also using social media, KC Momentum, Nixle and now Nextdoor,” said City Manager Troy Schulte. “And it’s paid off. We’ve seen significant increases in citizen satisfaction with the City’s communication. We look forward to using Nextdoor to continue growing our relationship with residents.”
Based in San Francisco, more than 37,000 neighborhoods across the United States are using Nextdoor. Learn more or sign up at www.Nextdoor.com.