The Community Relations Department serves as the City’s public relations department, handling all media relations, promotions, publicity, graphic arts, publications, advertising, marketing, and special events for the city. The department also oversees the Neighborhood & Information Center and serves as the staff liaison to the Total Living Commission. The Community Relations Department works to project and maintain a positive image of the City of Southfield as a great place to live, work, and play.
The Community Relations Department's main functions include producing community publications, maintaining the content on the City's website, managing media relations, social media, city-wide branding, and coordinating special events. The department produces several community publications that are distributed to every home, apartment, and business in Southfield, including: Southfield Living, the official City newsletter and the City’s award-winning Annual Report/Calendar that features a wealth of municipal information, 12-months of beautiful Southfield images and all of Southfield's great community events. In addition, the department produces numerous other brochures, flyers, and promotional materials throughout the year for various city departments and related agencies.
The Community Relations Department also coordinates many special events for the City, including the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk, Black History Month and Juneteenth events, the annual Southfield Photo Prize and Awards Ceremony, the Red Cross Community Blood Drive, the Inauguration Ceremony for newly-elected officials, the Memorial and Veterans' Day ceremonies, the Boards and Commissions/Neighborhood Association Recognition Dinner, and the City's Community Pride Awards program and ceremony.