The City of Lowell’s City Manager’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative is being recognized bythe National League of Cities (NLC) asa model program demonstrating innovative and collaborative approaches within government. The Neighborhood Impact Initiative is one of 27 municipal programs selected for the 2012 City Showcase—NLC’s premiere program celebrating city achievements from November 29 – December 1, 2012 at the Boston Convention Center.
Re-launched in 2009, the City Manager’s Neighborhood Impact Initiative focuses on low and moderate income neighborhoods utilizing an interdepartmental strategy and focused resources to provide infrastructure, public safety, housing, traffic and business development improvements. The goal is to improve the physical environment, enhance public safety and enrich the quality of life in core neighborhoods.
The program will be highlighted during this year’s Congress of Cities and Exposition, held in Boston, MA, November 28-December 1. During the conference, representatives from Lowell will engage in networking and knowledge-sharing with colleagues from around the country.
“The City Showcase is truly a celebration of innovation and collaboration in our nation’s cities and towns,” said Ted Ellis, NLC President and mayor of Bluffton, IN. “These programs represent municipal government at its best, demonstrating the success that can occur when creative minds partner to solve a problem or fill a need within a community. NLC is proud to recognize the 21 cities and towns selected for this year’s showcase.”
“I am very pleased to have the initiative receive this recognition from the NLC. By working collaboratively and concentrating resources we can make a real difference in a neighborhood’s quality of life,” said City Manager Bernie Lynch, “Our hope is for other communities to be inspired and begin a transformation of their own, one neighborhood at a time.”
Together the programs selected encompass a wide range of geographical locations, city sizes and topic areas. For more information on this year’s City Showcase, visit: http://www.nlc.org/build-skills-and-networks/resources/city-showcase.
The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.