Welcome to City and Town'snew online home on the Department of Revenue's blog, OpenDOR: Commonwealth Conversations .

City and Town has evolved over time, but its purpose and mission remain the same as when the first four-page issue was desktop published in August 1987. That first edition arrived with this editorial note: "Designed with local officials in mind, this newsletter is intended to keep you abreast of current developments or issues which could affect the services you provide to your communities."

In the ensuing 22 years, City and Town has consistently presented substantive analysis, reports, and information on a wide range of local issues-despite significant revisions to font, style, form, size, design, version (hard-copy or digital), distribution, and editors along the way.

This 2010 revision will again be in form and not in content. We will continue to provide the types of stories you are accustomed to reading, with only the delivery method and frequency changing. Instead of issuing PDF-style monthly newsletter editions over the course of the year, City and Town content will be distributed weekly. Each Thursday subscribers will receive email alerts of new stories posted to the DOR blog. Stories will also continue to be available on the City and Town website, where both the past PDF editions as well as each new story will be archived for handy reference.

The migration of City and Town to the DOR blog will allow us to provide you with more relevant immediate communication and, for the first-time, allow for reader comments on published articles. If an issue arises which needs presentation or clarification right away, City and Town will be able to respond quickly rather than wait for the next publication cycle.

In the coming months we hope the new blog format will facilitate discussion of such issues as regionalization, municipal relief legislation, and meetings of the municipal cabinet and regionalization commission. It will also be a central location for up-to-date budget, training and event data. City and Town is now more responsive and engaging.

For those of you who choose to print City and Town, please take comfort in the fact that stories posted to both the blog and website are formatted for easy printing.

As City and Town evolves we found it a unique opportunity to streamline our division-wide communications. As a one-stop-shop-style of communication, City and Town online will keep you more informed and less harried by an overrun inbox. Our weekly City and Town email will alert you not only to City and Town stories but also legal bulletins, databank news, and any other DLS communications. That said, City and Town news emails will not replace DLS Alerts for time-sensitive information.

We hope this move will make City and Town more responsive to your needs and relevant to the times. Moving forward we encourage your comments, feedback and ideas on our blog and by email at cityandtown@dor.state.ma.us

Robert G. Nunes


& the City and Town Editorial Board