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Garland Neighborhood Summit Offers Great Workshops!

When: Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013
            8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Hyatt Place-Garland 
             5101 N. President George Bush Turnpike
Theme: Rethink Community

Garland’s 2013 Neighborhood Summit invites residents, civic leaders, revitalization practitioners and others to address the issues affecting neighborhood health and stability with a variety of workshops and speakers.

The 2013 Summit theme, “Rethink Community”’ is an opportunity for Garland and other first tier suburbs to consider the correct next steps as we look at revitalization and redevelopment opportunities. The Summit will offer discussions about community design, water conservation, neighborhood investment, and engaging diverse cultures, and focus on our visions for vital neighborhoods and successful cities.

Below are basic descriptions of the workshops and breakout sessions to be offered at the Summit:

Loving Your City – Keynote Speaker Peter Kageyama will conduct this workshop to explore how people connect within their own community, how to improve and maximize that connection in order to lead more people toward being “in love” with their place.

Cracking the Code: Understanding the Garland Development Code – This session will introduce basic principles of a development code and enhance understanding of how such regulations impact redevelopment and revitalization efforts in our community.

DIY Garland: Partnering with Neighbors for Vital Neighborhoods – Learn about this partnership between Garland Habitat for Humanity and the City of Garland. This program serves as a guide and support tool for homeowners working to increase home value and enhance neighborhood beauty.

Engaging Diverse Cultures in Civic participation – Community groups and public agencies are more effective when they are able to engage the widest possible range of stakeholders. This workshop will help participants identify challenges and solutions in communicating with different racial, ethnic, and faith-based groups.

All-Star Volunteers: Engaging Individuals, Nonprofits, and Businesses for Maximum Impact – This session will equip participants for recruiting volunteers and managing their efforts to achieve the best possible results for your neighborhood.

Facebook, Funds and Friends: Empowering Citizens through Social Media – This case study presentation demonstrates how communities can use social media to raise funds for community projects.

Documenting Your Neighborhood – Learn how to tell your neighborhood’s story using video and social media.

Where is Away – Just because you throw it away, doesn’t mean it’s gone! Find out how to make a positive impact on the environment with simple changes in your daily routine – recycle, reduce and re-use!

For more information about these sessions and the rest of the Garland Neighborhood Summit, visit GarlandVitalNeighborhoods.org.