The City of Evanston has started sending out postcards to welcome new residents to town.
Deputy City Manager Erika Storlie says the first batch of cards went out recently to about 350 residents who've moved to Evanston since last October.
She says the plan is to send a batch of cards out quarterly from now on.
She says the cost of the program is modest, about $140 to print 1,000 postcards and less than a dollar each for addressing and mailing the cards.
The Evanston Chamber of Commerce used to send out welcome packets to all new residents with special offers from local merchants, but Storlie says the Chamber has cut back on that program because of its cost.
Storlie says the postcards are not sent to new students arriving at Northwestern University.
Chamber Executive Director Elaine Kemna-Irish says says the chamber continues to provide relocation and welcome packets to anyone who requests information about moving to, working in, or visiting Evanston.
But she says the welcome packet sent to all new residents in partnership with the city was discontinued several years ago due to a reorganization of departments and duties at the city.