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.
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.
- Click here to see the Voting Guide.
Meeting Agendas & Minutes
- Click here to see a full list of all boards and commissions.
- Click here to see the City's Meeting Calendar.
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 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 03867, ATTN: Public Input
- Email: Must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. of the meeting date.
- 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@example.com. 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!
- City Chat is a chance for residents, business owners, and volunteer groups to meet informally and chat with the Public Information & Community Engagement Manager for the City of Rochester. Meetings take place in Suite 135 of the Community Center (Rochester Museum of Fine Arts) every first Thursday from 10:30-12pm. The public is encouraged to attend. No RSVP is required.
- Community Coffee is a 1hr event 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 businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups to come together, introduce themselves, and share updates regarding various efforts occurring around the city. Free coffee is available, courtesy of the Rochester Recreation Department.
- 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
Community News & Events
The Rochester Post is a free online newspaper featuring community news and events. News categories include municipal, business, community, downtown, schools, recreation, arts & culture, and more. Readers can subscribe to receive free email alerts when stories are published. Businesses, nonprofits, and community groups are encouraged to submit press releases and calendar events.
The Choose Rochester Podcast is a free weekly series hosted in partnership with the City of Rochester, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Rochester Main Street. Our rotating panel of hosts interview guests from a variety of businesses, organizations, and volunteer groups from around Rochester, New Hampshire. The podcast is available on all major platforms including Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.
- Click here to listen and subscribe.
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.