News: Delaware Township Wins Communication Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2014
Director of Communications
Delaware Township Honored for Outstanding Citizen Communication
Delaware Township in Pike County was presented with the 23rd Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 92nd Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey recently for its exceptional efforts to communicate with its residents. The conference attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.
The association presents the award each year as part of its Annual Township Citizen Communication Contest to recognize one township for its overall achievement and commitment to citizen communication.
Delaware Township also placed first in both the Website and Newsletters (population 5,001-10,000) categories. The township was the only entrant to earn first place in more than one category.
Deputy administrator and assistant treasurer Krista Predmore says that after several weather emergencies, including Hurricane Sandy, the township was determined to find better ways to share essential information with residents. Collaboration with the Niki Jones Agency, a public relations and marketing firm, resulted in a comprehensive website redesign.
“At this point, most people are accessing the Internet,” Predmore says. “Our new website provides a lot of information for residents and also tourists — this is a big area for tourism. We have a “breaking news” section that everyone can see the minute they access the website, meeting minutes, a link to our Facebook page, and a lot more.”
The quarterly newsletter, “Living Delaware,” was a natural fit to supplement information on the website.
“It’s something we had wanted to do for a long time,” Predmore says. “The newsletter is mailed to residents and businesses, and we make it available in our office and in some other locations. It’s another way to get information into everybody’s mailbox.”
Township staff maintain the website on a daily basis and gather and write articles for “Living Delaware.” Supervisor Tom Ryan praised those efforts when he accepted the award in Hershey.
“I can’t tell you how much we appreciate this award,” he said. “It’s due to the hard work of our staff, particularly Krista, manager Barbara Foos, and the Niki Jones Agency.”
“We’re really proud of the work we have done,” Predmore adds. “We put a lot of information out there and try to make it as accessible as possible.”
Entries in the Citizen Communication Contest were judged on the usefulness of information presented and how well the information was communicated. Publications were also judged on their overall attractiveness and readability.
The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.