Communing with the Public: Cranberry Unveils Plans for New Notification System

The township will begin using "Cranberry Connect" in May.

is unveiling a new way to communicate with residents.

At Thursday’s board of supervisors meeting, John Trant, Cranberry’s chief strategic planning officer, said the township would begin using Blackboard Connect, a mass notification system, to better communicate community information to the public.

“Our goal always was to find a system that would put all that under one roof, to make it more efficient and effective to reach out to residents and businesses in the community,” he said.

Dubbed “Cranberry Connect,” the free service will feature outreach messages for emergency notifications, bid notices, recreational events, delays and cancellations and more. Trant said residents also would have the choice to receive notifications by phone, text or email.

“It’s a totally user-controlled, user-friendly system, so we can make sure we’re getting timely information to people in the mode that they want it,” he said.

The township currently uses email blasts and Nixle alerts, another notification system, to communicate with residents. Cranberry Connect will replace those systems, Trant said.

“This mirrors what we currently offer, but it collects it all into one spot,” he said.

Trant said the township is testing the new system. Cranberry Connect is expected to launch in early May.

“This will be up and running and operational this summer,” he said.


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