HOW CAN MY CITY, COUNTY OR SCHOOL BOARD CELEBRATE?
LOCAL EVENT PLANNING
You may be asking, "Where do I start?” We know you probably already have a lot on your plate and are being asked to do more with less. But, at the same time, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to create increased awareness of the vital programs and services you provide.
First, consider if there are existing events taking place in your area that can be tailored to fit with Local Government Week. Also, you are encouraged to organize your own events and activities designed to promote the invaluable work of local government.
A few suggestions include:
- Host a breakfast with the mayor, city manager, council and local business leaders or appear as a guest speaker at a Rotary or chamber meeting.
- Sponsor a Local Government Career Day at your local school. Invite city, county and school board officials to speak in the classroom.
- Work with high school history/civics/social studies teachers to organize a Mock Government Day.
- Organize open houses/information sessions at city departments and courthouses.
- Recognition events for city or county employees’ and officials’ families, or with school board members.
- Initiate an essay contest with local schools on the topic of local government services (ex. "What would my life be like without local government?”).
- Sponsor a city-wide cleanup day (parks, main streets, tourist attractions).
- Create an art contest for elementary students on "What’s Great About My Local Government”, offering a personalized city hall tour by the mayor or courthouse tour for the winning student and classmates.
- Host an exhibit at your local library with display books about careers in public service.
- Localize op-ed and news releases for your local media to use (available at mocities.com).
- Tour the sheriff's office.
- Honor fire and safety personnel, community volunteers throughout Local Government Week
BEST PRACTICES: HOW MISSOURI COMMUNITIES HAVE CELEBRATED
- The City of Higginsville celebrated in 2012 with an appreciation picnec under the new Rotary Gazebo, posted a display about city services in City Hall, and hosted a law enforcement day where elementary school-aged children observed demonstrations by enforcement agencies and emergency services.
- The City of Centralia sponsored an art/essay contest for Centralia students with cash prizes donated by a local non-profit organization
- The City of Memphis hosted a photo contest titled "Capture Memphis." The city also hosted an assembly at the elementary school. They finished up the week with a barbecue for employees.
- The City of Warrenton hosted an employee luncheon and scheduled a presentation of police and public works vehicles at an elementary school.
- The City of Rolla issued a proclamation by Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, that was displayed in city hall during local government week, and hosted an employee appreciatio picnic. The mayor's weekly column in the Rolla Daily News also focused on the importance of local government and local officials.
Plan now so you will have time to publicize your events to your residents, businesses and employees. Need assistance? Don't hesitate to call us. As you organize or hold events, please keep us informed so we can share your good ideas with others. And, remember to share your news, photos or videos.
We would love to know how you celebrated Local Government Week. Send us your pictures and event overviews to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Together we can make Local Government Week a great success!