The City of Charlotte will be holding the 14th Annual Neighborhood Symposium, entitled "From Policy to Practice:Â Improving Our Homes, Our Communities, Our City" on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College Street.
The Symposium will include the following workshops:
Dollars and Sense: Economic Development equals Neighborhood Development
This workshop explores ways to help participants gain an understanding of how economic development supports neighborhood development and revitalization.Â Attendees will also learn how government leaders promote neighborhood revitalization thru economic redevelopment.
Keeping up Appearances
This workshop will give residents an opportunity to see how important their role is in making sure their homes are in good condition by explaining the process for reporting and correcting common nuisance violations.Â Residents will also learn about various programs that are available to help make their community a safer, more attractive place.
A Greener Side of Life: Recycling
This workshop will give participants tips on easy ways to living green; while showing them how they can have a positive impact on improving their home and earth environment.Â In addition, participants will be able to access recycling centers, non-profits and other agencies to donate unwanted items to reduce amount of trash going into land fields.
Planning Neighborhoods for Better Living
Creating neighborhoods that can be sustained over the long haul requires effective planning.Â This workshop will explain how the Planning department implements policies and designs to improve the economic, social, physical, and safety framework of our neighborhoods.
Destination beyond Tomorrow
This workshop will help participants gain an understanding of the Charlotte Transportation System and what services available city wide are including; CATS buses light rail, the multi-modal transportation system, roadways, and connectivity.
Police+ Citizen partnerships = Safe Neighborhoods
This workshop will give an overview of the community safety issues that confront Charlotte neighborhoods.Â Participants will discuss strategies for building problem-solving partnerships that will create and sustain a healthy and safe environment.
Keeping your House Your Home
This workshop will provide residents with information on the City's initiatives to promote homeownership and affordable housing.Â In addition, participants will gain access to current resources available to better understand and prevent foreclosure.
Sidewalks, Curb&Gutterâ€¦â€¦Oh My!
This workshop will provide residents with a basic overview of City Infrastructure Improvement programs.Â In addition, help neighborhoods understand the process for requesting sidewalks, traffic calming devices and other infrastructure.
The Neighborhood Symposium is free and open to citizens of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Due to limited workshop and luncheon seating, pre-registration is required.Â Deadline for registration isÂ May 8, 2009.
To register please visit the website and click on Neighborhood Symposium or call 704-336-2061.Parking is on your own for the 2009 Neighborhood Symposium.Â However, the website above has a map of parking options with reduced weekend rates.