Starting Thursday, August 28, 2014, the Village of Downers Grove will be using Nextdoor to enhance communications and outreach with neighborhoods. The Village will use the platform to share important news and updates, services, programs, public events, and emergency notifications. Joining Nextdoor is yet another in a series of actions by the Village to improve resident and stakeholder communication and engagement per the 2013-2015 Long Range Plan.
"We are continuing to identify opportunities to allow residents and stakeholders to engage the Village at any time, from any location using technology and to improve the efficiency and coordination of our customer service response," said Village Manager Dave Fieldman.
The network will be used in addition to other communications outlets including the Village website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Hometown Times, Village Corner and the Community Wide Notification system.
On Nextdoor, neighbors create websites for their neighborhoods where they can ask questions, get to know one another, exchange local advice, and share important safety information. There are about 20 neighborhoods in Downers Grove already using Nextdoor.
These websites are private and Village staff cannot see any of the content except for direct replies to Village posts.
To join your private neighborhood social network, please visit Nextdoor.com. You should also be aware that Nextdoor is not the appropriate way to request emergency services, or to report criminal/suspicious activity. If you require emergency services, please call 911.