From the desk of the City Manager
The City of Rochester encourages public input and meaningful engagement across the board. We have found that when we invite people to voice their ideas and concerns, it creates a more cooperative environment between citizens and the government. Meaningful civic engagement is about more than voting. In fact, there are many ways to access public information and get involved in your municipal government.
Transparency in government ensures that residents and business owners have access to all information. If the City is upfront and open about its actions, the public can feel more at ease. It empowers citizens to review the facts that lead officials to every decision. When you invite the public to attend meetings and provide input, it helps people understand the reasoning behind some of the decisions that impact the community. Transparency can also help people better understand government and avoid mistrust. In some cases, it can protect elected officials and staff from being wrongfully accused of misdeeds.
This page outlines a wide variety of ways to provide public input, join a board or commission, and stay in the know regarding various efforts and initiatives occurring around Rochester.
Make a plan to vote on Election Day
Are you new to Rochester or a first-time voter? Voting is an important civic duty and the Rochester City Clerk wants to help make your voice heard. The purpose of the voting guide is to assist anyone looking to participate in upcoming elections. The guide includes information on how to register to vote, how to determine your voting ward, and how to find your polling location. There are also links to sample ballots, absentee ballots, and more.
- Click here to see the Voting Guide.
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
- Click here to see a full list of all boards and commissions.
- Click here to see the City's Meeting Calendar.
Public Meetings are broadcast live on Comcast Channel 22 and Atlantic Broadband Channel 26. Broadcasts are archived and available on-demand.
Public Input Options
(for City Council Workshops and Standing Committees with Public Input or Public Hearings)
- In-Person: On-site in Council Chambers, during Public Input and Public Hearing portions of the meeting.
- Mail: Must be received at least 3 full days before the anticipated meeting date.
Rochester City Clerk, 31 Wakefield Street, Rochester, NH 03867, ATTN: Public Input
- Online: Must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. of the meeting date. Click here to provide public input.
Please note: Public input received by mail or through the online portal will be provided to the City Council but will not be read aloud or posted online.
- Call (603) 335-7500 for a staff directory.
- Click here to email the ENTIRE City Council, Mayor, and City Manager.
- Click here to find your City Councilor's contact.
- Click here to find what Ward you live in.
- Click here to visit the City Manager's page.
Boards & Commissions
If you are interested in serving on a volunteer-based board or commission, please complete a Statement of Interest form and return to the City Clerk's office at 31 Wakefield Street. Alternatively, you can scan/fax the form to (603) 509-1915 or [email protected]. We are currently in the process of updating our board vacancies page. Please check with the City Clerk’s Office about the position of interest. We look forward to hearing from you!
Digital Alerts and Notifications
Subscribe to E-Alerts to receive emails whenever minutes or agendas are posted, a municipal news item is published, or if there's an urgent alert that affects you or your business.
- Click here to make your selections.
The Rochester Post offers a free subscription to all readers. Sign up now to receive an email anytime a press release or announcement is posted on the website. The email will include a link to the headline with a brief summary of the content.
- Click here to visit the website and click subscribe at the top left.
A brief introduction to Municipal Government
Civics 101 is a community‐based learning course offered by the Office for Public Information and Community Engagement. The facilitated presentation and discussion aims to encourage participants to explore skills needed for active citizenship and recognize how individual civic actions can affect change.
The course outline features several topics, including ‘How Rochester’s Municipal Government Works’, ‘How to Find Information’, ‘How to Vote (and why it’s so important)’, ‘How to Make Your Voice Heard’, and ‘How to Get More Involved’.
Civics 101 is a one-time course held quarterly in the City Hall Annex, 33 Wakefield Street, on the second floor. It is meant for Rochester residents and business owners only. Registration is encouraged, however, all are welcome to attend. For additional information and general inquiries, contact Matt Wyatt at (603) 330-7195 or [email protected]. There is no cost for entry. Participants are encouraged to bring paper and a pen for note-taking. Laptops, tablets, and other Wifi enabled devices are optional.
- Click here to learn more.
City Chat is a 1hr informal meeting held every first Friday at 10:00am in the Community Room, on the 1st floor of the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage residents, businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups to come together, introduce themselves, ask questions, and share updates regarding various efforts occurring around Rochester. City Chat is hosted by the Public Information Manager, in collaboration with the Mayor and City Council. The public is encouraged to attend. No RSVP is required. Please note: This meeting is not a replacement for official public input.
Rochester Main Street is an economic development and historic preservation program. We are a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing downtown Rochester, New Hampshire through various improvement projects, events, and community engagement initiatives. Our goal is to promote a positive image of downtown by preserving our unique historic character, strengthening our economic base, and emphasizing downtown as the center of community activity. Click here to learn more.
- The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is an active, non-profit business membership organization comprised of businesses and professionals who are dedicated to fostering a favorable economic climate in which to live and work. Our members provide financial, in-kind, and volunteer resources to the business community. Click here to learn more.
Other Media & Resources
Municipal Press Releases & Community News
The Rochester Post is an online community bulletin board operated by the Public Information and Community Engagement Office for the City of Rochester, NH. The purpose of the website is to serve as an aggregate for municipal press releases, community happenings, public meetings and hearings, and regional news from the State of New Hampshire. The posts are available to readers at no cost, with no required subscriptions. The mission of The Rochester Post is to raise awareness, make public information easily accessible, and encourage Rochester citizens to get involved in their community and municipal government.
- Click here to visit the website.
The Rochester Post Podcast is a weekly series hosted by Matt Wyatt, Public Information and Community Engagement Manager for the City of Rochester, New Hampshire. In each episode, Matt interviews guests from a variety of businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups from around the community.
- Click here to listen and subscribe.
The following links are official pages for the City of Rochester. These pages are designed to share information. The city's social media pages are not an alternative forum for official public input. Please refer to "Public Input Options" above for appropriate options.