City Of Cincinnati Launches Nextdoor To Improve Citizen Engagement
New Tool Connects Residents Online To Build Stronger & Safer Communities
In an effort to improve engagement between its residents and to foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications, the City of Cincinnati has partnered with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com) becoming Ohio's first major city to join the more than 16,000 communities using Nextdoor nationally.
The new tool connects residents online to build stronger, safer communities and will allow the City to improve its community outreach efforts in neighborhoods through the private, secure social network.
Nextdoor is free for Cincinnati residents and the City. Each of the City’s 52 neighborhoods will have its own private Nextdoor neighborhood website, accessible only to residents of that neighborhood.
Residents can use their website to get to know their neighbors, ask questions, and exchange local advice and recommendations. For example, neighbors use Nextdoor to share information about neighborhood watch and safety issues, local events, school activities, upcoming garage sales, lost pets, and much more.
Neighborhoods establish and self-manage their own Nextdoor website. Information shared on Nextdoor is only visible to verified members.
Several departments under the City Manager, as well as the Cincinnati Police Department, will be able to post important news, services, programs, free events, and emergency notifications to Nextdoor sites within the city. They will not be able to access the residents' websites, contact information, or content.
"Our neighborhoods work best when neighbors are connected and all working together. Nextdoor is the 21st century neighborhood newsletter. It makes it easy for neighbors to communicate and share information about the things that matter in their neighborhood," Mayor Mark Mallory said.
Nextdoor was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another in order to build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines.
In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online groups, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.
"We are honored to be working with the City of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department to provide a platform that will help enhance communication on both the neighborhood and city levels," said Sarah Leary, Co-Founder of Nextdoor. "By adopting Nextdoor, the city now has the ability to quickly and effectively share localized, pertinent information to residents to keep neighborhoods across the area safe and well-informed."
Nextdoor has mapped the 52 official Cincinnati neighborhoods into nearly 70 different Nextdoor neighborhood websites. Out of the nearly 70 neighborhoods websites that have been mapped, 40 neighborhoods have started their Nextdoor website.
Those interested in joining their neighborhood’s Nextdoor website can visit www.nextdoor.com and enter their address.
- If Nextdoor is available in their area, they can immediately sign up.
- If a Nextdoor website has not yet been established for their area, active and engaged neighbors are invited to apply to bring Nextdoor to their neighborhood.
Citizens who have questions about their Nextdoor website you can visit help.nextdoor.com.
About Nextdoor.com, Inc.
Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com) is the private social network for the neighborhood. Using Nextdoor's free platform, available on the Web or on the Nextdoor App for iPhone, neighbors create private neighborhood websites where they get to know one another, ask questions, exchange local advice and recommendations, and organize virtual neighborhood watches to reduce crime.
Headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., Nextdoor is a privately held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Benchmark, Greylock Partners, Shasta Ventures, and Bezos Expeditions. Nextdoor has been named one of Time Magazine's 50 Best Websites of 2013 and one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Brilliant Companies. The company was recently chosen by the San Francisco Business Times as one of its 2013 Tech & Innovation award winners for Best Startup. More than 17,000 neighborhoods across the country are using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.