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Garland Neighborhood Program Wins National Award

Neighborhoods, USA named the Garland Neighborhood Management Academy (GNMA) the Best Neighborhood Program of 2013 during last week's 38th annual NUSA conference in Minneapolis.

GNMA equips community partners to take charge of their neighborhood experience and to participate in the decision-making process that affects their quality of life. Participants explore city services, leadership, organizing and social capital concepts. GNMA participants become empowered residents who are equipped to help neighborhoods achieve their vision and reach their goals.

“We value neighborhoods as core building blocks of a great community,” said Garland Mayor Douglas Athas. “We are excited about the opportunities GNMA provides for our residents to foster relationships among neighborhoods, and with private and public sector resources. We are proud to have this program recognized on a national level.”

Felisa Conner, manager of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality, presented GNMA's story to the awards judging committee during last week's conference and accepted the award on May 25.

For more information about GNMA and other neighborhood programs, visit the Neighborhoods page on the City website.

Neighborhoods, USA is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in 1975 to share information and experiences toward building stronger communities, NUSA now continues to encourage networking and information sharing to facilitate the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government and the private sector. Since 2007, NUSA has recognized outstanding programs implemented to improve neighborhoods by a governmental entity, business or corporation through its Best Neighborhood Program Award.