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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, April 23, 2013

City of Goleta Receives Award of Excellence for Nextdoor Program

The City of Goleta received the prestigious Award of Excellence from the California Association of Public Information Officers at its 2013 Excellence in Communications Awards Banquet last week.


Goleta Public Information Officer Valerie Kushnerov received the Award of Excellence at the CAPIO Awards Banquet last week.
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Goleta Public Information Officer Valerie Kushnerov received the Award of Excellence at the CAPIO Awards Banquet last week.

The award was given in the category of “Dollar Stretcher” for the City’s Nextdoor.com program. This recognition is given to programs that do more with less.

“I am pleased that the good work our staff does on behalf of our community is highlighted by this award,” said Mayor Roger Aceves. “Goleta is one of the few cities that continues to fund a Public Information Officer position and I believe that this award confirms the on-going benefit we receive from that investment.”

With over 15% of the City’s households participating in the program, Goleta sees it as a great tool for its residents. The program was implemented for just $320 plus staff time. This equates to less than a penny per resident and a nickel per household.

“Goleta did a fantastic job rolling out and implementing Nextdoor in their community in a creative and cost-efficient way. Their program continues to thrive and Nextdoor is proud to be a partner in their community engagement,” said Sarah Leary, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Nextdoor.

For more information about Goleta’s Nextdoor program, contact Valerie Kushnerov, Public Information Officer, at 805-961-7507. To join Nextdoor, go to “http://www.Nextdoor.com.

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