The Public Relations Division provides a link between the Town of West Hartford and the community it serves.
Public awareness campaigns are developed and aimed at clarifying complex issues, changing or reinforcing behavior, offering seasonal reminders, improving the town's image, and engaging its residents. Public information is carried out through a variety of methods including social media, cable TV programming, publications, press releases, special events, person-to-person collaboration, Town Manager's Report to the Town Council, and an electronic community newsletter on special events and programs that is distributed to nearly 7000 subscribers. The division manages the content of the Town's web site.
The Public Relations Division helps community organizations organize special events such as road races, charity walks and parades by coordinating all the town agencies to support the event. The division also manages the event calendar for the outdoor community area at Blue Back Square where concerts and other performances are held. The Park Road Parade and the Memorial Day Parade are coordinated through this division as well.
During times of emergencies, the public relations specialist serves as the Public Information Officer at the Emergency Operations Center.
meet our public relations specialist
Renée Beaudry McCue joined the Town of West Hartford in June 1988 as the first public relations specialist.
Renée is responsible for creating and implementing multi-faceted public awareness campaigns to gain community understanding and action. She uses a variety of communications tools to reach her audiences including the Town’s award-winning web site, eNews subscriber service, news media, social media and West Hartford Community Interactive, Comcast channel 5.
Renée coordinates town services in support of community special events and manages all of the outdoor activities at Webster Walk in Blue Back Square.
During times of emergency, Renée serves as the Town’s public information officer.
Renée has received several awards during her career including Volunteer of the Year Award from the Park Road Association, Community Champion recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and the Distinguished Chapter Service Merit Award from the Connecticut Valley Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She also received awards from Women In Communications and PRSA for creative and strategic excellence in the fields of public relations and marketing, two organizations in which she served as the local chapter president.
Renée earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Journalism from the University of Hartford and received her national accreditation in public relations from PRSA.
Renée lives in West Hartford with her husband Bob and their two children, Julia and Ethan.
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West Hartford Town Hall
50 South Main Street, Room 312
West Hartford, CT 06107
Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM