City creates two monthly chat sessions to seek public input

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Both get-togethers will be held at the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center. (Courtesy/City of Rochester)

ROCHESTER - Rochester's city manager recently announced the creation of two programs that are hoped to to bring the community together.

It is hoped that Community Coffee and City Chat will encourage the public to come together to introduce themselves, describe their ideas and projects, ask questions, and get to know one another.

"We're excited to welcome people into the Community Center," said Cox. "A lot of valuable input and collaboration can develop from informal conversations. I invite anyone looking to be more connected to attend."

Community Coffee is a one-hour event held the first Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Room, on the 1st floor of the Community Center. The purpose of the event is to encourage businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups to come together, introduce themselves, and share updates regarding various efforts occurring around the city. Free coffee will be provided by the Rochester Recreation Department.

Lauren Krans, Rochester Recreation Department Assistant Director, describes Community Coffee as "a great opportunity for local organizations to network, resource share, and collaborate."

"It's a simple but effective way to cultivate local connections," said Krans "There's nothing better than getting to know each other over a good cup of coffee."

Another program that invites citizens to meet is City Chat, an additional effort to encourage community engagement.

City Chat is a chance for residents, business owners, and volunteer groups to meet informally and chat with the Public Information & Community Engagement Manager for the City of Rochester. Meetings take place in Suite 135 of the Community Center (Rochester Museum of Fine Arts) every first Thursday from 10:30-noon. The public is encouraged to attend. No RSVP is required.

Matt Wyatt, the city's Public Information Manager, states that City Chat is "a chance for residents and business owners to share information, ask questions, and learn more about city progress and happenings."

"We're hoping these two recurring events will inspire more meaningful engagement between staff, residents, and business owners," said Wyatt. "I hope the community will take advantage of these opportunities each month."

Visit or contact Matt Wyatt at (603) 330-7195 for more information.

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