Bellevue city logoHow can residents utilize websites, blogs and social media to better engage their neighbors and build a more cohesive neighborhood? What’s the best online tool for neighborhoods in this era of information overflow?

Those topics and others will be discussed at the “Website, Blog and Social Media Workshop” on Nov. 7, 6:30-8 p.m., at City Hall, Room 1E-113.

Sponsored by the city’s Neighbhorhood Outreach Team, the workshop will be led by Elizabeth P. Stewart, a key member of the City of Renton’s social media team that is working with local communities to improve communication and increase resident involvement.

Following a presentation by Stewart, panelists from Bellevue neighborhoods will share their experiences of using websites, blogs and social media such as Facebook and Nextdoor to communicate with neighbors. Attendees will also have a chance to ask questions and share perspectives.

Stewart’s presentation will focus on the tools available to neighborhoods and strategies to grow an online presence and engage residents to participate in community activities.

Stewart, director of the Renton History Museum and chairperson of 4Culture’s Heritage Advisory Committee, is passionate about building strong neighborhood connections through online communities. She also has a particular interest in social media’s role in emergency preparation planning and civic engagement.

Space for the workshop is limited; please send an RSVP to Ying Carlson at or 425-452-4342.

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