Seattle Neighborhood Summit agenda unveiled

April 5 Summit to feature Mayor Murray, Diane Douglas and Jim Street, former Council member

Information provided by the Office of the Mayor

The City of Seattle today unveiled the agenda for this weekend’s 2014 Seattle Neighborhood Summit, an event aimed at strengthening City government’s relationship with Seattle’s neighborhoods and communities.

More than 1,200 residents have completed the neighborhood survey since early February, helping to shape the agenda of the event. Residents throughout the city have expressed interest in the City better using the input that is solicited from the public and improving responsiveness. How we communicate will be a focal point during Saturday’s event.

The Seattle Neighborhood Summit is a first step in what will be an ongoing conversation, with this goal of reconnecting with residents, building trust, and gaining confidence on both sides.

The Seattle Neighborhood Summit will take place on Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, located on Mercer at 3rd Avenue N. next to McCaw Hall.

Highlights of the Summit include:

Diane Douglas from CityClub will discuss the recently released Seattle Civic Health Index report. The report finds Seattle's civic health to be excellent, but shows key areas for improvement, specifically in connection and trust.

Former City Council member Jim Street, sponsor of Resolution 27709 creating our District Council system, will talk about his intentions behind that resolution, and discussion how we can organize as a community and as a city. With the recently passed district elections, community organization and government will look different.

Share your thoughts on transportation as the city embarks on a search for a new Director for the Seattle Department of Transportation.

Participate in a community discussion about the transportation needs of the city.

Curbside consulting: Access city resources in real time. Sit down at a staffed table and sign up for services such as utility discount programs, learn about small sparks grants, or get a library card right then and there.

Peer networking: This is about connecting with your neighbors. Small break-out sessions will focus on the valuable resources we have in our communities. Best practices will be shared so community groups don’t have to reinvent the wheel with every project.

Department representatives: Share your thoughts and ask questions of staff from more than 20 city departments.

Getting social: Demonstrations of social media and technology that allow people to participate in new ways.

For more information on the 2014 Seattle Neighborhood Summit, visit http://www.seattle.gov/sns2014.

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