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California special districts deserve COVID-19 relief funding

on April 28, 2021 By | Chris Ryan | 0 Comments | California compliance Special district love
We believe California special districts deserve COVID-19 relief funds. So we’re partnering with CSDA and a growing coalition of communities and local leaders to urge the State of California to extend Coronavirus relief funding to special districts. 
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The Benefits of Online Payments For Districts

on April 6, 2021 By | Maria Lara | 0 Comments | Streamline in action
Over the last few weeks we've received valuable feedback from the Special District community on how you would like to use online payments. We've also dug into what districts feel will be the primary benefits of moving to online payments.
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Special Districts Aren't Paper Pushers

on March 18, 2021 By | Maria Lara | 0 Comments | Streamline in action
We speak with over 300 special district folks every month.  And sometimes they surprise us. Like when we asked the big question of what you need the most help with, you said “payments”. 
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Engaging Special District Newsletters

on February 9, 2021 By | Chris Ryan | 0 Comments |
Special districts thrive when connected to the communities they serve, which can be done with something as simple as a newsletter. Our team is inspired by the newsletters we're seeing from our districts, and we wanted to share three examples!
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Inspiring Special District Websites

on January 28, 2021 By | Chris Ryan | 0 Comments |
Sharing best practices is important for the Special District community. Which is why the Streamline team is excited to highlight a few outstanding websites districts have created. We hope you find some inspiration and even brush up on a few best practices. 
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Small but mighty fire district excels at community engagement

on October 28, 2020 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Website accessibility Streamline in action
Jackie Vaughn has been serving the Lockwood Fire Protection District, in the tiny town of Volcano, California, for more than 20 years.
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Humboldt Bay Water saves time, strengthens culture while remote

on September 15, 2020 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Streamline in action
Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District had wanted an internal staff site for years, but when the COVID-19 pandemic occurred it became critical that they tackle the project right away. They were used to being closely connected and celebrating accomplishments, and wanted a way to continue doing those important things during the stay-at-home orders. The district spans three different work sites, has employees who work remotely around the clock, and had closed their offices to the public. Yet in spite of these challenges, the district was determined to find a way to collaborate remotely and support the great culture they had built over the years. 
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Philomath Fire and Rescue upgrades to 21st century technology

on August 31, 2020 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Streamline in action
In 2019, wildfires across the west coast brought attention to local fire departments and districts, putting a spotlight on outreach and effective communication to protect the public. A local Oregon district, Philomath Fire and Rescue, responded immediately, and made the push to upgrade their technology to accommodate these fast-paced and growing needs. The district understood that a key part of making this successful was to make sure their internal team was working efficiently to show the public that they are operating on all cylinders.
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How one special district got communication right during covid

on August 25, 2020 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Streamline in action Special district love
I want to share a story from the Carmel Area Wastewater District - a story that highlights the amazing work special districts do behind the scenes, as well as the great job they’ve done sharing critical information with the public during the covid crisis.
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Community Services District uses upgraded technology to save thousands

on August 19, 2020 By | Sloane Dell'Orto | 0 Comments | Streamline in action
Twain Harte CSD plays a big role in their community by providing a variety of essential services, however finding an efficient way to communicate with the public wasn’t always easy. While they had a website built by consultants on a free platform, it was so challenging to use that no one at the district could make changes. The result was only the most basic information was posted, the formatting was always a mess, and website usage suffered. This was particularly painful during emergency events, like droughts and wildfires, when staff were then required to handle a large number of phone calls and walk-in inquiries, host community meetings, and send costly mailers.
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