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News: East Brandywine Township Honored for Outstanding Citizen Communication

April 24, 2017

Ginni Linn
Executive Editor/Print Manager
(717) 763-0930, ext. 127

Scott Piersol, Manager
East Brandywine Township, Chester County
(610) 269-8230

East Brandywine Township Honored for Outstanding Citizen Communication

East Brandywine Township in Chester County received the 26th Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award today at the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors’ 95th Annual Educational Conference and Trade Show in Hershey for its exceptional efforts to communicate with residents. The conference, which concludes Wednesday, has attracted attendees from every county in Pennsylvania except Philadelphia, which has no townships.

The Association presents the award each year as part of its Annual Citizen Communication Contest, which recognizes townships across the state for their achievements in communicating current township issues through print publications and other media.

Entries in the Citizen Communication Contest were judged on the usefulness of information presented and how well the information was communicated. Publications were also judged on their overall attractiveness and readability.

East Brandywine Township won first place in the category of Class 1 Newsletters (for townships with populations over 10,000) and second place in the Websites category.

“We’ve been doing newsletters for many years and feel fortunate to be recognized by PSATS for our communication efforts,” township manager Scott Piersol says. “We have also had a website for several years, but until we connected with CivicPlus and made significant changes, it wasn’t as user-friendly as we wanted.”

The newsletter and website are just the tip of the communication iceberg in East Brandywine, assistant township manager Luke Reven says. The Alert Center on the website allows residents to view any alerts or emergency messages that the township issues, and residents may also sign up to receive them by text or email.

 The township is also in the process of installing cameras so that municipal meetings may be recorded for residents to view on demand.

Having put so much effort into communicating with residents, receiving this award is like icing on the cake, Piersol says.

“It’s wonderful recognition for us and what we’re trying to do to inform our residents and businesses,” he says. “We try to put the truth out there without any spin on it.”

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The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors represents Pennsylvania’s 1,454 townships of the second class and is committed to preserving and strengthening township government

and securing greater visibility and involvement for townships in the state and federal political arenas. Townships of the second class cover 95 percent of Pennsylvania’s land mass and represent more residents — 5.5 million — than any other type of political subdivision in the commonwealth.

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PHOTO CAPTION: PSATS Executive Board member Kathy Rader, center, presents the 26th Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award to East Brandywine Township Manager Scott Piersol, right, and Assistant Township Manager Luke Reven, left, during PSATS’ 95th Annual Educational Conference April 23-26 in Hershey.