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Neighborhood Development

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In the pillar of Our Community, Neighborhood Development centers on improving our neighborhoods throughout the county.   The work focuses on the community-led revitalization of spaces that enhance the lives of our residents.

We use an Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)  framework to engage community residents and organizations in leveraging the assets of a community to improve it.  Too many times residents focus on all the things wrong with a community.  Using the ABDC method, we flip the script and begin with improving our current assets.

To bring this work to life, we’ve created the Neighborhood Development Coalition.  This group of county and city leaders, housing organizations, and many others are working together to revitalize downtowns and neighborhoods.

Why This Work Matters

There’s more to life than working so, we want to give our residents a place to work, live, and play.  Jobs attract residents but, quality housing and amenities keep residents.  Today, we have a shortage of quality of housing and it’s our goal to create more options for residents and prospective residents.

The Neighborhood Development Coalition will a multi-pronged approach to tackle housing by; seeking new development partners, supporting revitalization and historic perseveration efforts, and engaging the community residents in improving their block or street. By working with county and city officials, partners like the Wayne County EDC, and other organizations we can create programs to support neighborhood development.

Engaging Residents To Improve Local Neighborhoods

To make Wayne County a GREAT community, we can’t just rely on city and county government.  We must engage the residents using programs like Neighborhood Involvement and Community Engagement, which we call the NICE!.

The purpose of NICE!’s 3-part series is to bring together key members of the Wayne County community to learn; why it’s important to have a NICE! Group, how to create it, how to sustain it, and how to improve neighborhoods and communities through the idea of social infrastructure and interaction.

Thinking your neighborhood needs the NICE! program? GREAT! We would love to help. Contact us now to learn how we can bring this program to your neighborhood.

Great Community

The mutual love affair between people and their place is one of the most powerful influences in our lives, yet rarely thought of in terms of a relationship.

Peter Kageyama, Author of Love Where You Live