Office of Communications


The Office of Communications leads our engagement with our residents, businesses, visitors and the media. We do this in several ways:

Media Relations

Our office manages press releases and handles requests from the media.

Social Media

Our office uses a variety of social media platforms to promote City events, resources, initiatives, and information.

Community Relations

Our office works to focus on members of our community to keep them informed about what is happening Citywide and in their neighborhoods.

Cable Television Administration

We stream City Commission meetings and produce informative videos to let you know what's happening at City Hall.

We Are GR

A joint communications initiative between the City of Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

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GR Connect

Subscribe to a newsletter written specifically for your Ward.

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Spring Preparedness Guide

We’re pleased to provide these tips and reminders to help you thrive this spring and summer.

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The media relations division manages press releases for the City. The division manager handles our relationship with the media. He connects department representatives with media outlets and coordinates questions from the press.

Are you a member of the media with an inquiry? Contact Steve Guitar:

Steve Guitar

The Cable Television Administration manages the City's government access television channel. They also manage video streaming of Committee of the Whole meetings. This division records the audio from City Commission night meetings and manages our YouTube account.

Cable Television Administration

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube!

Social Media Policy

City of Grand Rapids social media pages are regulated by the Office of Communications and maintained by various departments and offices.

Full Policy

Looking for press releases from past years? We keep a document library of past news releases.

Past Press Releases

We hired Truscott Rossman, a strategic communications firm, to conduct an audit of our communications and provide a strategic plan. The firm assessed our current communications practices and provided recommendations for how we can improve our communications and relationships with the community. These are included in the documents below.