Get Involved

Introduction

From the desk of the City Manager

The City of Rochester encourages public input and meaningful engagement across the board.

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.

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.

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.

Blaine Cox
City Manager


Vote

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.


Public Information

Meeting Agendas & Minutes

  • Click here to see a full list of all boards and commissions.
  • Click here to see the City's Meeting Calendar. 

GovTV

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 03867ATTN: 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.

Additional Contacts

  • 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! 


    Community Outreach

    Community Groups

    • Community Coffee is a 1hr informal meeting held every first Thursday at 9:30am in the Community Room, on the 1st floor of the Community Center. The purpose of the event is to encourage residents, businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups to come together, introduce themselves, and share updates regarding various efforts occurring around Rochester. Community Coffee is hosted by the Public Information Manager for the City of Rochester. The public is encouraged to attend. Free coffee is available, courtesy of Potter's House Bakery & Cafe. No RSVP is required.
    • 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 operated by the Public Information and Community Engagement Office for the City of Rochester. 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 and local press sources. The posts are available to readers at no cost, with no required subscriptions, internet-generated advertising, pop-ups, or clickbait. The mission of The Rochester Post is to raise awareness, make public information easily accessible, and to encourage Rochester citizens to get involved in their community and municipal government.

    Weekly Podcast

    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.

    Social Media

    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.