The City of Sheboygan Strategic Plan that was adopted by the City Council in December 2016 identified six goals that advance the Mission and Vision for the City of Sheboygan. The goals are: Quality of Life, Infrastructure and Public Facilities, Economic Development, Neighborhood Revitalization, Governing and Fiscal Management, and Communication. These goals, along with specific actions and tasks supporting them, will move the City toward our vision of the future. The Strategic Plan identified creating an electronic community newsletter as one of the action items for 2017 under the Communication goal.
The first issue of the “Sheboygan Insider” was released in February 2017. The staff in the Mayor’s Office is responsible for the production of this digital newsletter and collaborates with City departments to supply timely information for residents. The newsletter has evolved to include regular features such as ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings, City meetings calendar, Common Council meeting highlights, links to the news from several departments, including Planning and Development, Senior Activity Center, Maywood, Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, and the Mead Public Library. There is also a listing of elected officials.
The “Sheboygan Insider” is shared through a variety of digital distribution channels including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Nextdoor. If you are not familiar with Nextdoor.com, it is a trusted platform where neighbors work together to build stronger, safer, happier communities, all over the world. There are nearly 4,000 Sheboygan residents that have joined Nextdoor.com. Joining is free and easy – go to nextdoor.com and verify that you live at an address in Sheboygan. You will receive a confirmation code which will give you access, then setup your profile. Once you are setup as a user, you can invite others to participate by inviting them via email or by sending a postcard – Nextdoor pays the postage and provides postcards at no charge.
To view the newsletter archive please visit www.sheboyganwi.gov/sheboyganinsider or click the “Sheboygan Insider” banner graphic on the home page of www.sheboyganwi.gov. On this webpage you may also choose subscribe to the “Sheboygan Insider” mailing list and then you will receive the new edition via email at the beginning of each month.
In addition to the “Sheboygan Insider,” other ways that we provide information to the community include a weekly column in The Sheboygan Press, meeting broadcasts on WCSC, City Council meeting updates on the WHBL Morning Show, and posts on our social media pages. The column in The Sheboygan Press is authored most often by the Mayor but occasionally features City department heads as authors. The archive of these columns is available at www.sheboyganwi.gov/blog-posts.
The Common Council meetings take place on the first and third Monday of each month. These meetings are broadcasted live on television by WSCS and are also available on-demand through www.wscssheboygan.com. The day after each Common Council meeting, City Administrator Darrell Hofland and/or Mayor Mike Vandersteen give updates on the WHBL Morning Show at 8:40 am.
I encourage you to keep up with the latest news, events, and happenings by connecting with any or all of our social media pages – just access the links on www.sheboyganwi.gov and click on the “Social Media” menu.
I hope you share my pride in being a resident of the City of Sheboygan. The teams of City staff all have an important role and responsibility to provide needed services for you, our city residents. Communication is one of the keys to our success as an organization. I trust that you will find the “Sheboygan Insider” informative and encourage you to offer suggestions for improvement or a topic that you would like covered. Please don’t hesitate to contact me as we grow and develop the newsletter.