Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Neighbors Planning to Organize
in District 1
GOOD REASONS WHY!!
Neighborhood Associations bring neighbors together in order to improve the livability of Madison's neighborhoods. There are over 120 neighborhood associations throughout Madison that help citizens make their voices heard in City Hall.
What is a Neighborhood Association?
A Neighborhood Association is a group of residents, business representatives, and/or other interested citizens that devote their time and energy to improve and enhance a well-defined, geographic area that they and others live. Neighborhood associations offer an opportunity for government officials, developers or others to solicit input from the residents that live within a specific geographic area.
Most neighborhood associations are concerned with issues that affect the quality of life in the community. Building upon the assets of their neighborhood, residents can identify and prioritize important projects for the neighborhood to undertake.
Neighborhoods can be proactive by preparing neighborhood plans, emergency preparedness plans, or undertaking specific projects such as starting community gardens, upgrading park equipment, or installing traffic calming on a residential street. A collective group of motivated residents is extremely effective.
A neighborhood association meeting, project, or social event is a place to meet neighbors, exchange ideas, prioritize projects, propose solutions, and implement plans for the neighborhood.
Why Start a Neighborhood Association?
Neighborhoods usually organize to:
Build a sense of community among neighbors
Address a particular issue of the neighborhood
Provide the neighborhood with an effective communication link with government officials regarding policy, planning, and projects
Empower residents to work together in improving their neighborhood.
Organizing a neighborhood brings people together to form a collective, united voice. A well-organized, diverse group of neighbors can be a powerful force in building a cohesive neighborhood where people want to become involved in neighborhood issues and neighbors lives.
You are not in this alone: your district alderperson, neighborhood planning staff, and your peers across Madison are willing to give you guidance.
Start-Up Organizing Tips
Organizing and managing a neighborhood association is a tough job. While it may seem difficult at first, developing your association will be enormously exciting as people come together to address important issues and learn to work together as a group.
Remember: getting your neighbors together doesn't need to be hard. Keep in mind some important tips as you begin to organize: but we've got the resources you need.
Building an organization is a process. It cannot be done overnight. Be patient. Identify your priorities and build them step-by-step.
Set realistic goals. Start small and build upward. As your organizational capacity grows, your organization can expand in what is possible from year to year.
How you treat people is crucial to your success. By treating people with respect and integrity, people will be more likely to get involved in the organization.
Communication is a key. Open, transparent, and frequent communications to government officials, neighbors, businesses, and other stakeholders in your neighborhood is important. Face-to-face interactions to social media technology can help you get out the word.
People join neighborhood groups for a variety of reasons. One of them is to get to know their neighbors and to feel a sense of community. So as you build your organization, be sure to have fun.
A Neighborhood Association should meet the following standards to be officially recognized by the City of Madison:
The Neighborhood Association must have followed written procedures to establish organization:
Contact district alderperson and Planning Division.
Placed a Class II notice in local newspaper, and submit information to Planning Division.
The Neighborhood Association should occupy a geographically distinct and specific area that does not overlap with any other recognized Neighborhood Association's defined boundaries.
The Neighborhood Association should have a Board of Directors and/or Officers democratically elected by its general membership.
All meetings and elections must be open to the public.
Efforts should be made to conduct meetings in an accessible, public place.
Membership should be inclusive.
Neighborhood Association Registration
Four simple steps is all it takes.
( ) Contact your Alderperson to inform him/her of your intention to create a neighborhood association. Your Alderperson will be helpful in providing you with useful information on any other neighborhood associations that are functioning within the area.
( ) Contact Jule Stroick, Neighborhood Planner, Department of Planning and Development to discuss establishing a neighborhood association. She will discuss the steps in forming a neighborhood association, setting boundaries, and refer you to other technical information that may be useful in your neighborhood-based initiatives.
( ) Place a Class II Public Notice in the Wisconsin State Journal or Capital Times indicating the time and place of the official organizational meeting.
( ) We also encourage you to post notices at frequently visited places in the neighborhood such as a local grocery store, the public schools, or go door to door inviting your neighbors to this meeting.
( ) Forward a copy of the public notice, a map of your neighborhood boundaries, and the name, address, and phone number of a neighborhood contact person to:
Department of Planning and Community & Economic Development
Jule Stroick, Neighborhood Planner
215 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
P.O. Box 2985
Madison, WI 53701-2985
News from the African American Communication and Collaboration Council - Dr. Floyd Rose, President
From Poverty to Prosperity
Affordable, Accessible Education
The Madison College Plan
The Madison neighborhoods deemed to have significant barriers to opportunity are also neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty.
When low-income single parents live in these neighborhoods, they lack access to networks of higher educated and higher paid adults who have advice and leads on how to pursue college, job training and jobs that can improve their income and advance their career.
Two of the most acute low opportunity neighborhoods in our community are in south Madison and southwest Madison.
According to the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee, "work is the primary way out of poverty." And to make the transition from unemployment to employment, affordable, accessible education is not an option but an obligation.
Madison College is in the process of initiating an educational plan that will provide affordable and accessible education to people of color who reside in South Madison and Southwest Madison.
At the 5:30 PM, Wednesday, 6 April, Madison College Board Meeting, important topics such as; educational resources needed to generate & sustain livable wage jobs, educational access required to eliminate skills gaps based on diverse backgrounds/ income and the College's role in meeting the District's job needs will be addressed.
All members of our Community are asked to attend the 6 April meeting and all subsequent upcoming meetings regarding this important initiative for people of color.
On April 6, please share your presence and support of efforts to move our people forward.
Dane County Mourns the Passing of Tamara Grigsby, Champion of Equity, Fairness and Opportunity
Tamara Grigsby passed away unexpectedly from health complications. She was 41 years old.
"Words cannot express our sorrow over Tamara's passing or our respect for the life she lived," County Executive Joe Parisi said. "Tamara was a special human being whose sole motivation in life was to make a difference in the lives of others - a goal at which she excelled. She was a public servant to be emulated, but more than that she was our friend, and we will miss her so."
A former State Representative, serving in the legislature from 2005 to 2013, Grigsby had worked most recently as the appointed Director of the new Dane County Department of Equity and Inclusion. Prior to that, Tamara worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator for County Executive Parisi. She was instrumental in developing a series of county public policy initiatives in 2015 known as "Access to Opportunity."
Grigsby was a community leader, driven by a desire to ensure fairness and equality for all.
She graduated high school from Madison Memorial, received her bachelor's degree from Howard University and earned a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison.
Tamara was a women of the highest integrity. She spoke the truth, lived the truth and was truth loving.
May 7, 2916
Outstanding Educators and Mentors Appreciation Breakfast
Today, within the context of our community, there are few actions more important than the education and mentoring of African-American children.
In concert with our Mission and Values, the 100 Black Men of Madison seek to recognize those educators and mentors who have demonstrated an extraordinary sense of humility and a strong commitment to continual improvement, based upon a fundamental motivation to inspire student success.
On 7 May 2016, the 100 Black Men of Madison will host its fifth annual Outstanding Educators and Mentors Appreciation Breakfast at Bonefish Grill in Madison, Wisconsin.
At this event, those who have made positive differences in the lives of our children will be recognized and celebrated.
There is no cost to attend the recognition but you are asked to please register to attend this event.
Contact Alder McKinney for registration information.
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