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Archived News Release from 2010

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Community Invited to Join Their Online Neighborhood!

Redwood City, CA - September 17, 2010 - Redwood City is excited to announce the start of a pilot program offering community members an online neighborhood-based social network. It’s part of Redwood City’s community building efforts to create many neighbor-to-neighbor connections throughout the City.

GoGoVerde is a Bay Area startup working with the City to provide a free, secure, easy-to-use geographic-based neighborhood networking site that builds community by helping neighbors connect with neighbors in a friendly, safe, active, and fun online environment. It's where Redwood City neighbors can meet daily, find recommended local businesses, share neighborhood information, ask and answer questions of each other, get updated on City and community issues, post events and activities, and more. It’s true “neighbor to neighbor” networking.

It’s easy and free to participate (and there’s no cost to Redwood City, either): community members can just go to www.gogoverde.com, enter their zip code and select their neighborhood, enter their email address and a password, and click join. At that point, participants are a member of this new network that is just for their neighborhood.

Right now, Redwood City and GoGoVerde have set up sites for all eleven official Redwood City neighborhood associations, and some of them already have over 100 online members. As more and more people join in, smaller neighborhood areas can be defined so that neighbors are interacting with their closer neighbors. Identified areas can be just a few houses or streets, or many blocks, or could be built around common interests for a neighborhood, such as disaster preparedness, neighborhood watch, or a gardening club.

This new neighborhood network helps foster connections between Redwood City community members” said Mayor Jeff Ira. “It provides an online space for neighbors to introduce themselves, offer recommendations, announce events, find volunteer opportunities, or simply talk about what’s going on in their neighborhood.”

Already, community members have reported successfully using the site and getting to know their neighbors: one neighbor borrowed a chainsaw, then offered free wood; another asked for recommendations for a quality contractor; some neighbors spread the word about the County’s free whooping cough vaccine clinic, and public safety tips; several announced school events, and organized and publicized block parties; and there are many more examples.

This is a great community building opportunity for all Redwood City community members – they are invited to go to www.gogoverde.com and become part of the neighbor-to-neighbor network!

Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s electronic newsletter or other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.

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Contact:
Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager
650-780-7305                                    

 
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