Peoria looking to better communicate with residents

Sep 3, 2014

Peoria City Manager Patrick Urich speaks at press conference about the website,
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio
The city of Peoria is branching out in the way it communicates with residents. The city is partnering with the social network for neighborhoods called Nextdoor.

Residents currently use the site to communicate with each other on issues impacting their neighborhood. That can include reporting suspicious activity and notifying neighbors about social events. City departments will now utilize the site to target postings to specific neighborhoods as well. That could include crime alerts or notification about public meetings.

Patrick Urich is the City Manager of Peoria.

“Since Nextdoor is free for both the city residents and the city to use, this is an incredibly cost-effective method to quickly and effectively communicate with residents. However, it’s important to note that each Nextdoor website will remain completely private only to those verified residents who live there. The city will not be able to access any information or content shared amongst those neighbors.”

Urich says there are 35 active neighborhoods and almost 15-hundred residents using the Nextdoor site in Peoria. Those wishing to join have to verify their address, so they can be placed within their resident neighborhoods.  The site is