Community Outreach and Engagement
Engage residents, business owners and visitors to participate in and be informed about their community.
Community input and involvement is paramount to good governance. The City of Cocoa has increased efforts over the last year to reach residents, business owners and visitors with community information. An enhanced website that is more user friendly and drives valuable community content was launched at the beginning of the fiscal year. The site contains easily accessible information that is important to our community including a calendar of events, emergency alerts, videos, the latest news, and more.
To make community information even more accessible, the City launched a new and improved mobile app. This app features easy access to City information at anytime. Features include a calendar of events that can be synced to your mobile device calendar, push notifications, alerts, report a concern and more.
The City’s Leisure Services division was host to hundreds of special events at City facilities throughout the year and put on a number of free community events including celebrations for July4th, Juneteenth, Memorial Day, movies in the park and more. These events attract hundreds of thousands of attendees, increasing the economic vitality of the Cocoa community.
The Cocoa Citizens Academy continues to build a strong and diverse base of community volunteers. Citizens and business owners apply to participate in this fantastic opportunity to learn more about the City of Cocoa, how their local government operates, and how they can become more involved. Participants visit with each City department, meet employees, and learn about how that department provides services to the community. This program has developed a number of dedicated community volunteers that are better equipped to assist in making their community better.
Reaching our residents, business owners and visitors is vital to cultivating a vibrant and dynamic community and there are many opportunities for engagement and participation in the Cocoa community.
Broad-based initiatives to achieve the priority area of community outreach and engagement include:
- Continue to find new ways to communicate and reach the entire community with the latest news and information.
- Engage residents in volunteer boards and committees through community outreach programs.
- Ensure branding standards are maintained.
- Encourage a diverse array of special events at city facilities attracting a diverse audience.