The Communications Department is responsible for keeping the residents of Wake Forest informed about town programs and services, as well as the actions of the town government.
The department is responsible for developing newsletters, brochures, electronic and e-mail communications with citizens, videos, press releases and other informational materials, as well as managing content on the town's web site and Wake Forest TV 10. In addition, the Communications & Public Affairs Director works with the local media by providing information, arranging interviews and acting as a spokesperson for the town.
Ways You Can Stay Informed
For iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android users search for “Town of Wake Forest" on iTunes, in the iPhone app store, or in Google Play. The app can also be downloaded by visiting www.wakeforestnc.gov/app.aspx and scanning the appropriate QR code.
The Town of Wake Forest has created a profile on the popular social networking site Facebook to assist with its outreach and communication efforts. The Town's Facebook profile is an innovative way of sharing information with area residents who are linked in to the site. Facebook users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. Anyone who is interested can "Like" the Town of Wake Forest and receive information from the Town on their Facebook profile.
Click here for press releases and news items from the Town of Wake Forest.
Our Town is the town's bi-monthly newsletter. Published every other month, Our Town is mailed to all Wake Forest residents in the 27587 zip code and residents of Wakefield.
E-News is the Town of Wake Forest's electronic newsletter. Posted online monthly, subscribers to E-News receive an email alert moments after its online publication.
To subscribe, go to www.wakeforestnc.gov/enews.aspx, click on the E-News sign-up box and enter your email address. By signing up for E-News, you'll always be the first to know!
The Week Ahead
As an added bonus to signing up for E-News, you also receive The Week Ahead - an electronic publication from the Town of Wake Forest distributed each Friday to E-News and E-Notifier subscribers. Created to help you make plans for the coming week, The Week Ahead provides the date, time, location, and a short description for activities listed on the town's Community Calendar webpage.
Guide to the Town of Wake Forest
The Guide to the Town of Wake Forest was first published in 2007 and again in 2013. It contains information about all things related to Wake Forest, including an overview of the town’s history, a description of Town departments, and a list of popular annual events. The guide also contains important contact numbers, as well as information about town programs and services, advisory boards, and the Board of Commissioners. There are also sections devoted to area attractions, churches, civic clubs, plus a whole lot more. An updated version of the Guide to Wake Forest is scheduled for publication in December 2015.
Always be the first to know what's happening in the Town of Wake Forest by registering for E-Notifier - our free email subscription service. The service allows you to subscribe to several specific information categories and receive an e-mail notification whenever we post new information on the website related to your selected categories. Our goal is to help you receive the information you want as quickly and efficiently as possible.
E-Notifier alerts subscribers to the availability of Board of Commissioners and Planning Board meeting agendas and public hearing notices, new businesses coming to Wake Forest, RecConnect - the Parks & Recreation Department’s program brochure, and more. Again, this is a free service provided by the Town of Wake Forest, and you can rest assured your email address will only be used to deliver the information you request.
Wake Forest TV 10
WFTV 10 (Digital Channel 97.5) is the town's government access channel serving the residents of Wake Forest. Produced by the Wake Forest Communications Department, Channel 10 is available to residents and businesses that subscribe to Time-Warner cable TV service. The information channel operates 24 hours per day and provides a variety of information about programs, services, upcoming meetings, and special events sponsored by the Town of Wake Forest.
Wake Forest In Focus
Wake Forest In Focus is one of the town's public affairs television programs featuring Town of Wake Forest programs, services and special events. The program airs throughout the day on Wake Forest TV 10.
Hundreds of special events are held in Wake Forest throughout the year ranging from from popular annual events, such as Art After Hours, Six Sundays in Spring, the Annual 4th of July Celebration and the Christmas Parade to lesser known happenings, such as blood drives, church festivals and cantatas, and conferences. The Communications Department assembles information about these community events and produces the Community Calendar.
If you would like to submit information about your organization's special event for inclusion on the Community Calendar, send your submission to Bill Crabtree at least one month prior to the event. Be sure to include the event name, date, time and location, as well as any additional relevant information.
State of the Town
Blackboard Connect - Town-to-Resident Notification Service
Wake Forest has implemented Blackboard Connect service to provide town officials the ability to communicate with residents regarding time-sensitive incidents, including both planned and unforeseen public safety matters. Blackboard Connect allows officials to record, send and track personalized voice messages to thousands of residents, businesses, and local agencies in just minutes, through a single phone call. Town administrators can target messages to an unlimited number of groups. Authorized users also can use a map on the Blackboard Connect system to contact specific geographical locations, sending messages only to the residents within select neighborhoods when needed.
The Town of Wake Forest and the Wake Forest Police Department are partnering with Nextdoor (www.nextdoor.com), the free and private social network for neighborhoods. The integration with Nextdoor enables the town and the police department to connect directly with residents in Wake Forest neighborhoods in a collaborative attempt to build safer communities, develop stronger relationships and strengthen virtual neighborhood watch efforts.