While reading about two different blogs posts it dawned on me that the "new" social media (Facebook,Twitter,etc) and the "old" social media (Church,gym,charity groups, Rotary, etc) could benefit from each other.
Several months ago our local ward councilwoman approached several of the neighbors and suggested we get together at the town hall along with the chief of police and mayor to organize a neighborhood community group. Having done much real estate work in my own neighborhood and currently serving on another board I jumped at the opportunity to lend my knowledge and assistance.
We met several more times and each meeting became more focused with "street leaders" being established, a mission statement and short and long term agendas set to help improve the community.
After three monthsof organizing, which including bi-weekly meetings, good 'ol fashion door knocking, emails and phone calls we were able to put to together the Budd Street Park Neighborhood Association. The main core of the association collected funds, bought supplies, printed fliers, road signs and many other aspects of organizing a picnic at our local park.
Because it is a diverse community many of us weren't sure what type of turnout we would have but it was a big hit! Our next goal is to improve safety and traffic conditions as well as other areas that an semi-urban town would need to tackle.
Facebook and Twitter became our voice and outlet as I took over the duties of creating and administering the site. It has become quite enjoyable as I update the site regularly and include links to our town's main site, discuss issues about the Neighborhood association and keep the neighbors aware of future projects, meetings, etc. Its also great for the public, too. Anyone interested in living in the area can see that much thought and care has gone into preserving the quality of life for its inhabitants and there are plenty of resources at hand.