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Annual Neighborhood Summit

2017 Neighborhood Summit - Helping Neighbors, Strengthening Communities

Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Oaks Point Park Nature & Retreat Center, 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX

At the 2017 Neighborhood Summit, residents from Garland, Plano and surrounding communities will gather to share ideas and learn how community leaders are actively engaging and strengthening their communities. For the first time, the Neighborhood Summit will be hosted by our partner, the City of Plano, at the Oak Point Park Nature & Retreat Center. 

Speakers include Lizzie MacWillie, Associate Director at bc Workshop, Thor Erickson, Managing Director at bc Workshop and more! 

 Also, don't miss the Garland Pre-Summit Mixer on Friday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Atrium in Garland. Mix and mingle with neighborhood leaders from across Garland and get an exclusive Summit Sneak Peek from our special guest, Robbie Turner, Senior Strategist at Nextdoor. The winners of the 2017 Garland Neighborhood Awards will also be presented, you won't want to miss it! Dinner is sponsored by Garland Power & Light




Nov. 4 Summit Schedule: 

 8:30 a.m.   Registration Opens
 9 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions
 9:15 a.m.  Keynote
9:45 a.m.  Breakout Session 1 (3 concurrent sessions)
10: 55 a.m.  Breakout Session 2 (3 concurrent sessions)
12:05 p.m.  Awards & Recognitions
12:30 p.m.  Dismiss

Concurrent Sessions:

*Concurrent Sessions are subject to change*

bcWorkshop: Methods Lizzie MacWillie, Associate Director, bcWorkshop

Lizzie MacWillie of buildingcommunityWorkshop will explain in detail their working methods: Analyzing, Activating, Informing, Mapping, Making, & Storytelling. Each method will be illustrated with actual examples of [bc]'s work and the approaches taken, why it is important and how it can be used to work with communities. The session will review various tools and projects that residents can use to strengthen their communities.

Engagement through Crime Watch Groups  Karen Marks, Imperial Park Crime Watch & Beverly Gallagher, Glenview Neighborhood Watch

Creating Crime Watch groups in your community can be a great way to not only protect your community from crime but also remain connected with residents on your own block! Come hear how local Crime Watch groups are engaging to help keep their neighborhood safe while also creating a well-connected network of residents.

Promoting a Sense of Community Tom Dixon & Bill Ostergren, Whiffletree HOA & Emma Crayton, Rainbow Neighborhood Association

With neighborhoods continuously changing over time, how do we maintain a sense of community? Two community leaders from voluntary neighborhood groups will discuss how they are engaging their neighbors and maintaining strong ties and a sense of community through one small action at a time.

bcWorkshop: Neighborhood Stories Lizzie MacWillie, Associate Director, bcWorkshop

Active and resilient neighborhoods are the foundation of a successful city. People Organizing Place [POP] is the [bc] public design effort strengthening the social, economic, and physical health of neighborhoods. As a component of POP, Neighborhood Stories increases awareness of our city, celebrates the diverse places that give it character and texture, and creates a platform for active dialogue about its history and future. This session will focus on the process and product of [bc] Neighborhood Stories work and how it can be adapted to your own neighborhood.

With Nextdoor, Good Things Happen When Neighbors Start Talking Robbie Turner, Nextdoor Senior Strategist

Is your neighborhood talking only about lost pets and garage sales? Come to this session to learn how to help your neighborhood become stronger, more resilient and more inclusive by using Nextdoor as well as how to engage with your City on Nextdoor. Robbie will be using neighborhood examples from across the country to show how community building is possible on Nextdoor. You will also learn about little known features of Nextdoor.

Engagement through Sustainable Initiatives, In Your Neighborhood Erin Hoffer, City of Plano’s Environmental Education Division & Arthur Chan, Lakeside on Preston

Environmental sustainability discussions are becoming much more prevalent in local communities. Plano’s Environmental Education Coordinator, Erin Hoffer, will discuss ways in which neighborhoods can become more sustainable and connect to resources available to communities. Learn how the Lakeside on Preston community residents have come together to take sustainability to the neighborhood level through a community garden.



For more information, call 972-205-2445 or email Neighborhoods@GarlandTX.gov.

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Oaks Point Park Nature & Retreat Center, 5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX

Neighborhood Summit Registration

***If you attending the 2017 Neighborhood Summit on Saturday, Nov. 4 and will NOT be attending the Pre-Summit Mixer the night before, please click the link below to register. ***