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Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative

 





The East Lansing Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative began in 2012 as a way of providing East Lansing residents the opportunity to help enhance their neighborhood's character and quality of life through active community engagement.

 

The goals are to support citizenship, foster two-way communication and build community by taking a new approach to neighborhood support and outreach. The philosophy is for the City of East Lansing to "partner with people" by providing tools for an engaged and active citizenry working together to enrich their community.

 

Many of East Lansing's 25 active neighborhoods have reinforced their community's character through a range of projects, including installation of new signs and planters, development of neighborhood pocket parks, creation of special community events and more. Many of these associations have also developed strong communication channels among neighbors and their local city government. The City values all of the hard work that numerous citizens have already put forth and wants to support and encourage additional neighborhood participation.

 

The goal of the Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative is to take on a neighborhood-focused philosophy, which puts the neighborhoods at the forefront. As a part of the initiative, the City has launched a new neighborhood association website, offered neighborhoods their own webpage at no cost, appointed City Staff Liaisons to a number of neighborhoods and created minigrant opportunities for projects that reinforce the community's character.

 

Neighborhood Association Website
In 2012, the City launched a new neighborhood association website. The website links residents and potential residents to their neighborhood.

 

City-Sponsored, Community-Maintained Neighborhood Webpage

Neighborhood Associations have the opportunity to maintain their own webpage on the City-hosted neighborhood association website at no cost to the neighborhood. The webpage will allow neighborhood associations to maintain information specific to their neighborhood, as well as gain easy access to streaming City news, council meetings and more.

 

City Staff Liaisons
The City provides City staff liaisons, who work one-on-one with neighborhood associations to create important two-way dialogue. The City staff liaisons will provide support to neighborhoods by creating a personal link to City Hall and provide one point of contact for questions, concerns and ideas for their neighborhood.

 

Neighborhood Enhancement Minigrants
As part of it’s Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative, the City of East Lansing is offering minigrant opportunities for projects that reinforce the community’s character to neighborhoods that have been assigned a staff liaison. The application deadline is June 30, 2014.

 

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