Porter Arneill
Communications & Creative Resources Department Director
(785) 832-3402


The Communications & Creative Resources Department oversees City Communications and Community Engagement. In accord with the Strategic Plan, our office works to ensure people know what we are doing and have opportunities to collaborate and innovate with us.

As part of communications, we coordinate outreach and promotion of city services, programs and events. We use many tools to communicate with both our residents and visitors to our community. We welcome public feedback and continuously work for ways to improve communications with residents.

For community engagement, we work with staff and the community to plan and implement intentional community engagement programs to inform, consult, involve, or collaborate with our residents.

The Director, along with the Web Content Administrator, Brand Manager, Engagement Manager, Video Broadcast Specialist, and Media/Creative Specialist, work to provide the following services for the City of Lawrence:



The City of Lawrence website won a NAGW Pinnacle Award for 2014 – find out more about this recognition.

City Website

The city’s website ( is the primary method we use to communicate with residents. Each city department maintains content within the site but the Communications & Creative Resources Department oversees use, development of web applications and services, and maintenance of the site. We are also committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest audience and we continually work to improve our standards.

Social Media

The city manages numerous social media accounts to communicate with residents in established settings. We use Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and YouTube to communicate with resident, share our stories and help keep our community informed.

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News Releases – General and Topical

The city provides daily news releases and updates with a range of information about city services, public meetings, construction projects, programs and events. Residents can sign up to receive a range of informational releases directly to their email by following the link, below:

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You can send an email to City Hall and let us know about your thoughts, concerns, kudos and comments. We want to hear from our residents and want to know how we’re doing and what your thoughts are on city programs.

Multimedia Production

The city engages in several audio/visual and multimedia productions:

Live Video

View live streaming video of City Commission meetings 5:45 p.m. Tuesdays at

Also, you can watch a full replay of the week’s meeting on cable channel 25 or on the City of Lawrence YouTube channel.

City Commission Meetings & Streaming Video

The city offers multiple options for viewing City Commission and board meetings. A live stream of city meetings is available, and recorded video and audio files of meetings are made available directly after each meeting.

City of Lawrence YouTube

City of Lawrence SoundCloud

Video Projects

Watch videos from the City of Lawrence on our YouTube Channel.

Channel 25

The city’s government access television station is Channel 25 on cable. The City Commission meeting is broadcast live and other information is shared on a rotating basis.


The city produces various publications throughout the year to help communicate and visualize programs and services. We provide publications to neighborhood groups, businesses, residents and others who need to know about city programs.

City Newsletter

The city’s monthly newsletter – The Flame – is distributed each month in the city water and trash utility bills. It is also made available on the website as a PDF and as an online digital publication each month. The newsletter provides valuable information about the City of Lawrence departments and services. Inserts are also included each month to highlight specific programs and events.

Read issues of The Flame »