Community Relations is responsible for:
Administering the city’s grant programs
Coordinating special events
Creating marketing activities
Developing public relations
Managing the operations for the city’s Ocoee TV, Channel 493 on Bright House Cable
Participating in community outreach
Providing citizens with information about city services, programs, and events through the use of print and electronic communication tools
Publishing a quarterly newsletter and annual calendar
Community Relations Functions
Community Grant Program: The Community Grant Program was designed to allow the city to foster community partnerships. Grants are awarded quarterly to assist non-profit organizations which serve Ocoee residents.
Most Valuable Partnership Grant: The Most Valuable Partnership Grant Program was established to allow neighborhoods and community organizations to obtain city grants to accomplish projects, which are important and unique to the different areas of the city where they are located.
Ocoee TV Channel 493: The Community Relations Division oversees the coordination of the city's television station which includes live meeting coverage and daily programming.
Publications: Another function of Community Relations is producing publications. Currently, the division produces the quarterly city newsletter, News to You, which is mailed to residents. Community Relations also designs and publishes an annual 12-month calendar. The community calendar is available to citizens in December.
Annual Events: Special events coordinated by the Community Relations staff include a Memorial Day Program, a Veteran's Day program, Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, and the Christmas Dinner for Families in Need. Community Relations also provides public relations and marketing support for all the city events including the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, Black History Month Essay Contest, Founders' Day Festival, and Ocoee Spring Fling.