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GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
MAYOR WILLIAMS CALLS UPON CITIZENS TO SHAPE CITY'S FUTURE
|KICK-OFF AND RECEPTION
Unveiling of Mayor Williams' vision for our city.
|THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1999
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Washington Convention Center
Working session with the Mayor and the City Council where citizens set priorities for their city and neighborhoods.
|SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1999
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Washington Convention Center
The District of Columbia has undertaken a number of neighborhood planning initiatives, but these efforts have traditionally not been coordinated as part of a citywide vision. Citizens have worked hard to improve their communities, yet feet they received little support from city government. Government agencies have worked to improve neighborhoods, but have not always responded to the priorities of the community. Over the years, we have worked in good faith for our city, but not in unison.
The mission of Neighborhood Action is to empower citizens to improve their communities by mobilizing and coordinating the resources of government, business, nonprofits, the faith community, neighborhood leaders, and the citizens themselves. Together, we will:
Stakeholder Workshops October - November 1999
A series of workshops will be heed through the fall to gather and incorporate previous work on neighborhood and citywide planning.
Citizens Summit November 20, 1999
Citizens will come together at the Convention Center to establish clear goals for the city and begin developing plans to implement those goals. Mayor Williams will: present his priorities and the Government's preliminary strategic plan, asking citizens to come together building on past planning efforts and help shape citywide priorities and goals Citizen recommendations will: become an integral part of the government's strategic plan, which will: be implemented early in 2000. Neighborhood Action participants will: then begin the challenging work of developing Neighborhood Action plans based on citywide goals.
Neighborhood Forums Begins in January 2000
Neighborhood forums will be heed to develop detailed Neighborhood Action plans to implement citywide goals All stakeholders will: be strongly encouraged to participate. Specifically, these forums will address:
Action plans must be concrete, with measurable goals and deadlines.
Finally, a "rapid response" mechanism will: be built into these forums to ensure that any immediate needs brought up by citizens may be acted upon by city agencies.
Implementation Begins in January 2000
Implementation of Neighborhood Action means that citizen goals. and priorities will: change how government delivers services. Input gathered at the Citizen Summit will: be fully incorporated into all parts of Mayor Williams strategic plan, which will: be implemented early in 2000. Then neighborhood forums will: allow citizens to plan for further neighborhood-based implementation.
City Budget Process March - June 2000
The Mayor's FY 2001 budget requests will: be designed to support and act upon goals. and priorities set by citizens and neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Action is not a single event it is an ongoing initiative. Efforts are underway to seek individual and community participation and support for this initiative. Outreach efforts try to get all segments of the community involved civic organizations, nonprofit and business Leaders, neighborhood associations, youth groups, senior citizens, grassroots workers, and the faith community. After the Citizen Summit, the initiative will: continue to engage citizens in setting priorities and goals. for improving the quality of life in the District and implementing neighborhood plans.
The Citizen Summit is a two-day kick-off for Neighborhood Action that begins the evening of Thursday, November 18, with the announcement of the Mayor's strategic priorities. On Saturday, November 20, citizens from throughout the District will: participate in a daylong session of citywide and neighborhood-based planning. The morning will: focus on citywide goals and the afternoon will: begin to address specific neighborhood issues and plans.
After the summit, a series of neighborhood-oriented meetings will: get underway to seek broader input from interested residents. The results of the work at the Citizen Summit will: be shared and expanded upon. All Neighborhood Action activities will: feed into the City's budget preparation, the agency's strategic plans and service delivery commitments.
Neighborhood Action will create actions plans that are developed by District residents and all the stakeholders that are critical to implementing successful plans: government, business, community leaders, faith community, nonprofits and others. These plans will: allow citizens to hold government accountable.
First, the administration will channel citizen input into the government's FY 2001 budget priorities; second, citizen priorities will be reflected in the city's strategic plans; and Finally, neighborhood-level service delivery will be improved to more effectively address citizen needs.
The District of Columbia is undertaking an ambitious strategic planning effort that brings together ale District agencies to define priorities that will provide a framework for agency operations. Neighborhood Action will build on the District's strategic plan so that citizen priorities, goals and plans are integrated into the city's planning priorities.
This initiative is distinct for many important reasons.
Neighborhood Action will: affect citizens' lives by:
Adolphe Edwards President, DC Federation of Civic Associations
Alethea Campbell Chairperson, DC Commission on Aging
Barbara Zartman Member, Federation of Citizen Associations
Beatrice Otero Executive, Director Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center
Ben Jennings Executive, Director United Planning Organization
Betsy Kim Chair, Mayor's Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islanders Affairs
Carmen Ramos Chair, IBERO Chamber of Commerce
Clark Lobenstine Executive, Director Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
Dorothy Height President, Emeritus National Council of Negro Women
Dr. Julius Nimmons President, University of the District of Columbia
Eugene Kinlow Sr. Board Member, District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and
Management Assistant Authority
Father Mark Poletunow Executive Director, Spanish Catholic Center
Fred Taylor Executive Director, For the Love of Children
Jackie Massey, Public Housing Activist
James Berry President, Civil Advisory Commission
Jeffrey Gildenhorn Owner, American Diner
Jim Gibson President, DC Agenda
Josh Williams President, Metropolitan Washington Council AFL-CIO
Jourdinia Brown Chair, ANC4A
Kevin Williams Vice President, Byrant Bryant Williams PC
Linda Lee Vice President, South Island Restaurant Inc.
Lisa Williams Vice President, Capital City Initiative Fannie Mae Foundation
Lori Kaplan Executive Director, Latin American Youth Center
Lorraine Whitlock 1 st VP, Far Northeast/Southeast Council Inc.
Loyal Snyder President, Gertrude Stein
Marie Johns President & CEO, Bell Atlantic Washington DC
Marty Mellett Executive Director, Community Development Support Collaborative
Maxine Baker Executive Director, Freddie Mac Foundation
Maybelle Taylor Bennett Director. Howard University Community Association
Nicole A. Johnson Youth Mayor, Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute
Pamela McKee Director, Community Business Partnership - Greater Washington Board of Trade
Rev. Frank Tucker President, Church Association for Community Services
Rev. H Lionel Edmonds President, Washington Interfaith Network
Stacey Davis Steed President, Fannie Mae Foundation
Stephen Trachtenberg President, George Washington University
Terri Freeman President, Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
The Honorable Carol Schwartz, At-Large Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Charlene Drew Jarvis, Ward 4 Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable David Catania, At-Large Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Harold Brazil, At-Large Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Jack Evans, Ward 2 At-Large Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Jim Graham, Ward 1 Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Kathleen Patterson, Ward 3 Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Kevin Chavous, Ward 7 Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Linda Cropp, Chairman Council of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Phil Mendelson, DC At-Large Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Sandy Allen, Ward 8 Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Sharon Ambrose, Ward 6 Council Member of the District of Columbia
The Honorable Vincent Orange, Ward 5 Council Member of the District of Columbia
Theresa Travis Chair, Persons with Disabilities
Travis Hardmon Executive Director, National Child Day Care Association
Tyrone Parker President, Alliance of Concerned Men, Inc.
Vincent Gray Executive Director, Covenant House Washington
W. Retta Gilliam Executive Director, East of the River CDC
Wilhelmina Rolark President & CEO, United Black Fund Inc.
Winnifred Freeman Chair, ANC8D
"So many people in this city give their hearts and souls to improve the neighborhood they love the place they call home. I want them to know this government will do its part to support their efforts. There is much to do together. Through Neighborhood Action, we're going to ask local businesses, our foundations, the faith community, and most of all, the citizens, to be involved.
"Together, we will set goals for our neighborhoods and city."
Mayor Anthony A. Williams
Over the years and across the District of Columbia government agencies, community organizations, businesses and residents have worked to improve their neighborhoods. Despite our best intentions, these efforts have not produced the real, comprehensive change our community needs.
It's time to put our plans into action. That's what Mayor Anthony A. Williams new initiative Neighborhood Action is all about.
Neighborhood Action will: mobilize and coordinate the efforts of the entire community to improve our neighborhoods one block at a time, one street at a time, one community at a time. It will build on past planning efforts to create a unified vision for our neighborhoods, and then hoed all sectors of the community and the government accountable for success.
Neighborhood Action will help to provide better, more responsive government services, improve communication among all sectors of the city, and create a partnership among government, business, civic organizations and citizens to increase our quality of life.
It all starts with the Citizen Summit.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
Neighborhood Action kicks off with a keynote address and reception on Thursday, November 18. Mayor Williams will: present his strategic agenda and ask District residents to participate in the Citizen Summit on Saturday, November 20. Both events will be held at the Washington Convention Center.
At the Citizen Summit, participants will: take part in facilitated discussions to review the Mayor's agenda and provide insight into their communities' needs. Their input will shape the government's 2001 budget request, help to establish program priorities, and decide the manner in which government services are delivered.
Citizen Summit participants will: build on existing neighborhood plans to set concrete goals for their community.
Neighborhood Action will: produce:
Join Mayor Anthony A. Williams Council members and your neighbors to make the District a stronger, better city! Come participate and be a part of the:
CITIZEN SUMMIT KICKOFF & RECEPTION
Thursday, November 18, 1999
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 20, 1999
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON CONVENTION CENTER
900 9th Street, N.W.
Sign up now to be part of this unique opportunity to effect positive change for our District. Use this registration form to reserve your place at both the kick-off reception and the Citizen Summit.
The heart of the District of Columbia can be seen in our people and our neighborhoods. An improved city can be achieved by strengthening our neighborhoods. To that end, the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia understand and support the need for a unified approach toward the revitalization of Washington, D.C., through our neighborhoods.
It is important that the vision for our city include all segments and available human resources from the public, private and individual sectors. We now have an opportunity to improve our neighborhoods through a strong partnership between our residents and your government. With the addition of hard work and improved service delivery, the future for our beautiful Washington is even brighter.
Our individual voices can be heard and our collective efforts can be utilized to transform our neighborhoods as we approach the 21st century. We all have a part to play in the improvement of our neighborhoods and our city. Working in concert, we can make a better District of Columbia a reality. NEIGHBORHOOD ACTION.
Linda W. Cropp, Chairman, Council of the District of Columbia
We appreciate the generous support of the following organizations:
Wolfensohn Family Foundation
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
The Fannie Mae Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
and The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Municipal Management
City Council Members
Seniors & Youth
Business (Small & Corporate)
Civic & Citziens Groups
Gay & Lesbians
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