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Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

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City's Neighborhood Engagement Office to host Neighborhood Summit

November 12, 2012

NEW ORLEANS – This Saturday, the City of New Orleans Neighborhood Engagement Office will host the first New Orleans Neighborhood Summit, a free, one-day conference featuring skill-building workshops, City information sessions and opportunities for residents to connect with others working to build strong and vibrant neighborhoods.

“New Orleans is a city of neighborhoods, each with unique strengths and challenges. We hope this Neighborhood Summit will provide residents with information that will help them in their efforts to revitalize their communities,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We believe in building true partnerships between the community and the City, and this Summit is one more way we hope to make government more accessible to the neighborhoods we serve.”

The event will take place from 8:30am to 4pm at the UNO Lindy Boggs International Conference Center at 2045 Lakeshore Drive.  With a thematic focus on building sustainable neighborhoods through preparing leaders, connecting communities and promoting effective strategies, the Summit was created with neighborhood association leaders and members in mind; however, any resident may attend as long as space is available.

Those interested in attending should complete the registration form available online at

Attendees can choose to participate in one of 10 different professional skill-building workshops taking place from 9:30am to 11:45am:

  • Advocating for your Community: Participants will learn the basics of community-based advocacy and strategies for communicating with decision makers;
  • Discovering Community Leadership: Participants will learn about the characteristics that make for an effective and influential leader;
  • Basics of Community Organizing: This workshop will provide “tried and true” tactics for recruiting residents, building issue-oriented campaigns and sustaining momentum;
  • Using Arts and Culture to Revitalize your Community: Through exercises and activities, participants will learn ways to leverage their neighborhood’s unique culture and their residents’ artistic effectively; 
  • Mobilizing and Engaging Youth for Community Building: Participants will learn effective strategies for recruiting young people and keeping them involved and active;
  • Building Effective Partnerships: Participants will learn strategies for building and maintaining effective partnerships to advance community objectives;
  • Land Use and Zoning:  This workshop will explain key technical terms and planning maps to enable residents to better understand and participate in planning processes;
  • Blight Remediation and Neighborhood Marketing: Participants will learn how to promote a community’s inherent assets while tackling blight and its impacts;
  • Using Data to Build Your Case: In this workshop, participants will learn how to understand, interpret and analyze data to communicate what’s happening in their communities; and
  • Promoting Healthy, Green Neighborhoods: In this session, participants will learn how to engage and educate residents on the practices of green and healthy living.

The Neighborhood Summit will include a working lunch with discussions at each table, a showcase of neighborhood success stories and information sessions from key City agencies. Participating City agencies include the Sewerage & Water Board, Code Enforcement, Public Works, NOLA Business Alliance, the Office of Supplier Diversity, JOB1, Safety & Permits, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, the City Attorney’s ABO unit, and Coastal & Environmental Affairs.

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