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Nov. 4, 2012 at 5:04 a.m.


How does the city of Victoria use social networking to communicate with citizens?

That is a great question. There are many ways that the city of Victoria uses social media to communicate information about city-related news, events, happenings and emergency information.

The most popular and commonly used social media tool that the city uses is Facebook. Be sure to make us your friend on Facebook or by searching Facebook using our page name, CityofVictoria. We currently have more than 3,000 Facebook friends whom we communicate with. The city posts new items on its Facebook page daily to keep our residents informed. Be sure to check out all of the other city departments that maintain a Facebook page, including the Victoria Public Library, Victoria Police Department, Environmental Services, Parks & Recreation, Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau, Emergency Management and Bootfest. You can easily access links to the Facebook pages listed above by visiting the City of Victoria website and clicking on the Facebook icon on the right side of the homepage.

The city's website also offers an abundance of information about the city of Victoria. While you are visiting our website, be sure to subscribe to our monthly "In Touch" eNewsletter from the upper right corner of the homepage. We have more than 600 subscribers who receive monthly news and information about the city of Victoria directly to their inbox. Reading the eNewsletter is a great way to keep up with things that are happening and coming up.

It is just as important for our residents to communicate with us as it is for the city to communicate with the public. The city of Victoria appreciates the community being our "eyes and ears" on the streets and for letting us know when an issue arises that needs to be resolved. One of the most convenient ways to submit a request is by using your mobile device to report an issue. Simply use your mobile device and navigate to the city's homepage, victoriatx.org. You can also access the link from the city of Victoria homepage and click on the mobile device icon located on the right portion of the page. Be sure to bookmark the page and save it in your list of favorites for easy access. This "app" was designed specifically to fit mobile device platforms and formats. There will be a series of drop-down menus from which you can choose the type of issue that you need to report, such as potholes, illegal dumping, graffiti, water line break and more. Your request will then be submitted to a city employee and the appropriate department will be informed and assigned to resolve the issue. Requests received during normal business hours are usually acknowledged within the business day. Requests received after hours, on weekends or holidays will be acknowledged on the next business day. If you add your email address to the request, you will receive an email confirming your submission.

Customer service requests can also be submitted through the city's homepage. Just look for the customer service request link located along the top portion of the city's website.

The city of Victoria is on Twitter. Start following us today @VictoriaPIO. The city also has a YouTube channel where you can view a variety of videos and public service announcements produced by the city's communications department. You can also listen to podcasts about various city topics from the city's homepage or by visiting the City of Victoria Podcasts website.

Can you provide some information about the upcoming PGA Texas Senior Open Golf Tournament that the city of Victoria is hosting? Is it open to the public?

The PGA Texas Senior Open and the PGA Texas Senior Pro Am, presented by the Victoria Convention and Visitor's Bureau, is returning to the Victoria Country Club for the second year in a row and will be Wednesday through Friday.

Those eligible for the 2012 Texas Senior Open are all professionals and amateurs with a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 8.4 as of Oct. 31 and who are at least 50 years old as of Tuesday. The event is free and open to the public for those wishing to come out and watch some of the best golf players in the United States. Sixty-three golfers will be playing in the tournament, including players from Texas and from as far away as Canada, New Hampshire, Michigan, West Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Kansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California.

The PGA Texas Senior Pro-Am will feature teams of one professional and four amateurs competing in a two best balls (one gross and one net) format at Victoria Country Club. The PGA Texas Senior Open Pro Am begins at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Round one of the Texas Senior Open begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday; round two begins at 8 a.m. Thursday and the final round begins at 8 a.m. Friday.

The public is invited to come out to this free event at the Victoria Country Club and watch these golfing professionals in action. For more information, contact Melinda Rogers with the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 361-485-3118 or email mrogers@victoriatx.org.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.

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