‘Keys to the City’ and the first Building Community NOW meeting are quickly approaching

BY WHITNEY FENZEL and CAITLIN WHERLEY

neighborhoods@columbiamissourian.com

“Keys to the City,” which supports the Imagine Columbia’s Future visioning project and Columbia’s effort to be a connected community, will be held from 5-9 p.m.Wednesday  at the ARC, 1701 W. Ash St.

The event includes:

  • Columbia residents will have the chance to visit with City Council members during “office hours”.
    • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m: Ward 1 Councilman Paul Sturtz, Ward 3 Councilman Gary Kespohl and Ward 5 Councilwoman Laura Nauser
    • 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Ward 6 Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe
    • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Mayor Bob McDavid
  • Several city departments will have staff on hand during the Information Fair.
  • 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Building Community NOW “What is a Neighborhood Association?” workshop

Prior registration is not required, and residents don’t have to attend the entire event.

“The neighborhood workshop has come out of suggestions from Columbia’s neighborhood associations,” said Bill Cantin, Neighborhood Response Coordinator. “We don’t really know what to expect.”

The event is intended to help inform the public about city government and access to both elected officials and city staff, according to a news release.  More information on this annual event can be found at GoColumbiaMo.

Following the meeting, the first of four Building Community NOW (Neighborhood Organizing Workshop) will be held addressing Columbia’s neighborhood organization policy.

Community members will learn how to develop a city-recognized neighborhood association and gain input from current neighborhood association leaders.

Future workshops that will be held in the series:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walton Building, 300 S. Providence Road: Meeting Facilitation
  • Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lenoir Community Center, 3710 Lenoir Street: Strategic Planning
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Parkade Center, 601 Business Loop 70 W: Participation and Marketing

These events are free and open to the public.  All are encouraged to attend.

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