Neighborhood Improvement Team

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Purpose
The Neighborhood Improvement Team is a structured program to create partnerships within the City to improve quality of life through collaboration of city staff and community members in identifying neighborhood concerns and applying resources to respond.

Background
While city staff, officials and community organizations are all working towards the same goals for the City of Roswell’s quality of life, it has been determined that there is a disconnect among the tactics employed and a lack of communication among these key participants. This disconnection is unacceptable. The creation of the Neighborhood Improvement Team is designed to improve communication and rebuild the relationship between city officials and citizens.

Concept
The NIT concept is about partnership between the City and its citizen. It is based on the belief that we can do better job by engaging citizens in developing priorities and solutions. The program consists of a monthly meeting among staff, citizens and community organizations to discuss quality of life issues, concerns and announcements.

Team
The NIT consists of city staff from departments engaged in addressing quality of life issues. Joining these city team members are representatives from neighborhood associations, civic associations, business groups, places of worship and apartment complexes. Members will bring forth quality of life concerns and the team will discuss community resources and tactics to address those issues. The meeting gives citizens a place to hear from, as well as provide input to, city representatives from a range of departments working on quality of life within Roswell. Team members also have an opportunity to provide updates on events within their neighborhoods or organizations.

Meeting

There is usually one key note speaker per meeting to discuss a specific community-wide topic or event. Each neighborhood association or community organization will have an opportunity to ask questions, present updates on events and issues, participate in discussions.

As the NIT meetings advance, city departments which once tried to individually respond to neighborhood issues will move towards greater interaction and a collaborative approach not only with other city departments but also neighborhood and community organizations. By coordinating resources with citizen input, we can address these issues and concerns in a more effective manner to produce noticeable results. The coordination and dedication of all these resources, especially staff time, is used to effect permanent, positive change in the various neighborhoods around the City.

Results
From neighborhood clean-ups to fencing and street tree programs, the NIT model has delivered amazing results since its inception in communities across the United States. The program is geared towards increased citizen responsibility, enhanced neighborhood pride and improved community relations and involvement throughout the City. The NIT helps the city to embark on projects and programs based on resident’s concerns and priorities.