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Just What Do Neighborhood Associations Do?

Recorded on: Friday January 23, 2015

Air Date: Monday January 26, 2015

Local neighborhood groups have various official names; but whatever the group is called, that is where the neighbors gather to raise, work through, and resolve issues that affect the residents. City Club Friday Forum attendees can learn about what Eugene's Neighborhood Associations are likely to be working on in 2015. Topics that eight Neighborhood Association representatives may discuss include land use, transportation planning and project funding, pollution abatement, neighborhood-level communications, volunteer-driven projects to improve livability, and tree preservation.

Speakers will describe what they have found to be the best ways to build community in their neighborhoods and the kinds of advocacy they have practiced. Representatives will each describe an issue or two that has been important to their constituents and why that issue is important at the neighborhood level. They will describe other parties that their associations work with -- or challenge -- to resolve various issues, and whether collaboration or confrontation yielded better results.

The City of Eugene recognizes and supports 23 neighborhood groups. It created specific criteria for recognizing neighborhood associations more than 40 years ago. It prepared a model charter for creating those organizations, and how associations can turn to the city for assistance and resources. The city provides funds for printing and mailing neighborhood newsletters and flyers. Groups can apply for matching grants for neighborhood improvements and attend workshops. They can borrow city equipment for neighborhood events.

The program moderator, Rene Kane, is a longtime neighborhood advocate who is Neighborhood Planner with Eugene’s Office of Human Rights and Neighborhood Involvement.

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