Bill Kress is Palmetto Bay’s Communications Manager/PIO, reporting to the Office of the Village Manager. Since early 2008, Kress has served as the communications liaison between Village Hall and the news media, private and public organizations, and community groups. He also serves as Village PIO liaison to Miami-Dade County Police, County Fire & Rescue/Emergency Management, and the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment, among other local and county agencies. Contact Bill Kress at Palmetto Bay Village Hall at 305-259-1234 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Duties of the Communications Manager/PIO Office:
- Internal/external publication production
- Electronic media including e-newsletters, the Village website, and social media (see links below),
- Researching and writing
- Video production/distribution (see library below)
- Management of Gov't Access TV station, WBAY
- Management of live-streaming video/on-demand coverage of public meetings
- Promotional Village map production
- Major event coordination support of top-tier Village events/programs
- Utilization of all available communications channels to promote all Village events/programs
Kress earned his BA degree in English/Journalism from The State University of New York. He is former Board Member/general member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-Miami Chapter); a member of the Florida Government Communicators Association (FGCA); and a member of the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). He is also a member of the Palmetto Bay Business Association, the Economic Development Council of South Dade, and Chamber South.
The Village Communications Offices manages a government access TV station as a community service to the residents of Palmetto Bay. Public meetings meetings and information video features and other content airs 24 hours a day, seven days a week on WBAY-TV Comcast Cable 77 and Uverse Channel 99. The programming also streams live from the Village websites, allowing residents to enjoy the same great WBAY-TV programming from their laptop or home computer.
The Village uses Social Media channels to keep you informed of fast-breaking news, information, great resources, and feature entertainment:
STEP 1: If you are planning to shoot stills, film, or video within the boundaries of the Village of Palmetto Bay, STEP 1 is to contact the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment. This County office provides the basics required (County permitting, liability, etc.) to do production work across many municipalities -- including palmetto Bay -- in the metropolitan area. STEP 2: Contact the Village Communications Office and or the Parks Department if your production may potentially impact public roadways. Also, if you are shooting in a Village Park, you MUST contact the Village to apply for a permit and pay applicable Village fees -- over and above any Miami-Dade County requirements. STEP 3: Review, complete, submit the following forms as required:
FILM & VIDEO PRODUCTION CONTACTS:
► Sandy Lighterman, Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment (305-375-3288)
► Bill Kress, Village Communications Manager/PIO (305-259-1234)
► Mary Fernandez, Village Program & Events Supervisor (305-234-6383)
The Village offers a wide range of video features. Please visit our Video Features Library or YouTube to learn more about the elected officials serving Palmetto Bay in our "Policy Makers" series, or discover The Village of Parks in our five-part Parks video series. You will also learn about the Village's "green" efforts, police outreach programs -- or take an aerial tour of the Village in "Come Fly With Me." Enjoy the ride!
With the advent of two-way social communications such as Facebook and Twitter, the Village has found it necessary and prudent to share a policy as it relates to public comment on official Palmetto Bay communications channels. Please review this policy.
When completed, you will find here information on communications standards and guidelines as they pertain to approved and proper use of the Village seal, and other graphic representations of the Village image (i.e., typeface, appropriate colors, etc.).
With the advent of electronic communications (e-newsletters, websites, Facebook, etc.), the Village has curtailed the distribution of formal press releases. For reference/research, please feel free to view our 2008-10 press release library.
Please feel free to review a selection of early Village Council communications issued in the form of open letters, editorials, and speeches on various past community issues.