“Inspiring Strong Neighbourhoods” helps both The City of Calgary and community residents better understand what people love most about their neighbourhood, identify areas for improvement, and participate in solutions.
Twelve Calgary neighbourhoods were chosen for the project’s pilot. Small cross-functional teams of staff, from across the Community Services & Protective Services department, were formed and dedicated to work in each of the 12 neighbourhoods. Teams participated in “Community Walkabouts” with residents as a meaningful and effective way to think about what makes a neighbourhood great. City team members then help residents achieve desired results.
This kind of approach will influence and shape The City's programs, services and policies so they are more responsive to residents' needs, values and priorities. Understanding what residents love about their neighbourhood, and dream of for its future, will help The City will work across business units to target and coordinate a broad range of services to support the development of strong, vital neighbourhoods. Elements could include the development of green spaces, community programs, community buildings and gathering spaces, and creating services for vulnerable people.
Inspiring Strong Neighbourhoods is an example of Transforming Government because citizens set the direction for their own neighbourhoods. City employees coordinate across business units and with partner agencies to support residents in implementing their visions. Ownership and pride create sustainable communities with residents who are engaged and empowered to develop strong neighbourhoods across the city.
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