Improving communications doesn’t happen overnight.  The improved communication residents are seeing is a direct result of years of vision, planning and plenty of hard work done by many current and former Communications Committee members as well as the result of support & involvement from current and previous Township officials and employees. 

Wondering what the Communications Committee is up to? Hopefully you’re seeing more and more communications in different places and in different ways.  Communicating Township government, committee and local community information to residents is critical, yet is difficult to accomplish.

You may not know that the committee is an all-volunteer group of residents who represent all political colors.  We work hard to ensure that our communications remain apolitical and factual.

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People get their local news from a wide variety of sources so successful communicating means spreading important information to as many sources as possible and developing new ways to communicate effectively.  It’s not easy to reach all of you so we’re creative in how we do it. And, we’re obviously not done innovating; there will be continued improvements and new ideas to come.

Over the past few years much has been accomplished; here’s a cheat-sheet of the improvements the Communications Committee team implemented:

  • New Website (2018)– New, easy-to-use & mobile-friendly 

  • Monthly Newsletter (2018)– Emailed, printed, posted to Facebook & the website

  • Facebook & Instagram (2017)– The Committee created the Township Facebook page (2017) and created and runs the “BH Communications Committee” Facebook page that posts to all of the BH Community groups.  Newly created, the committee just also established an official (blue checked!) Township Instagram page.

  • Email Updates (2017) – Regular email & text updates about important news

  • Video (2016 & 2019) – Increased use of video both as short, weekly “Happening in the Heights” episodes (2019), and as longer, in-depth reviews of Town and Community events (2016).

  • Listening Sessions (2018) – Regular “Coffee & Conversation” sessions where residents can ask questions, learn from and get to know their elected officials

  • Livestream Meetings (2016) – Made Town Council & select Planning Board meetings available remotely.

  • Education (2016) – In person (at the Summer Town Block Party, Summer Concerts, etc.) and publish researched updates about important town issues.

  • New Resident Outreach (2019) – The committee will be working with local realtors so new home buyers are welcomed to Berkeley Heights and given lots of information they need including how to stay informed.  Plugging them in from day 1!

  • Templates & Best Practices – The committee shares its expertise with other committees to improve overall Town Communications

  • Leverage Outside Communications – The committee issues regular releases to TAPinto Berkeley Heights and Renna Media to increase reach

The Committee will keep working to continue to improve Township communications.  It’s not quick or easy, but we know that we’re making progress and, as a united team, our progress will continue.  Have an idea? Please share it with the team: email us at BHCommunications@bhtwp.com