Details on the project are somewhat scant, unfortunately.
If you search for "Strategic Communications Plan" on the City website, the only meaningful information is this cost estimate from May.
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Unlike many other City studies or planning processes, it doesn't yet have its own web page or additional materials.
A Pacific Northwest firm with offices in Boise, Seattle, and Portland, Enviroissues, has been engaged, and they are conducting preliminary interviews with the proverbial key stakeholders now. The survey comes a couple of weeks after these started.
Maybe it's a good time for it - communications seems to be in the air.
Over at SCV there's some consternation because the City is not doing a very good job, perhaps even in violate of our Open Meeting laws, of notifying people about the Police Station project.
Apart from the usual problems of a citizenry that too often is not able to distinguish between the roles and funding of the School District, the City of Salem, and the Transit District, it seems like there are deeper ways that the flow of information is problematic right now.
And it seems possible to read the study either in a charitable or a cynical way.
So this is an interesting study. Will it result in more openness and transparency, and a more involved citizenry? Or will it result in more tightly controlled spin and management of information and framing?
Take the survey and let the City know what you think.