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Community Development - March 4, 2019

The Community Development Department has launched a major new initiative, called C.O.R.E., to engage city residents, build stronger communities and strengthen neighborhood associations. C.O.R.E. stands for Collaborative Outreach, Revitalization and Engagement.

An integral part of the initiative will be the Winston-Salem Community Coalition, an updated version of the former Winston-Salem Neighborhood Association, which will serve as the chief mechanism through which the city will collaborate with residents and neighborhoods to enhance the quality of life in city neighborhoods. The coalition will comprise neighborhood representatives, community stakeholders, partner agencies and city staff.

Residents are invited to learn more about C.O.R.E. and the Winston-Salem Community Coalition at a meeting Tuesday, March 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sedge Garden Neighborhood Center, 401 Robbins Road. 

In addition to the Community Coalition, a number of other new programs will fall under the CORE umbrella, among them:

  • a new Neighborhood Academy that will hold quarterly workshops to help neighborhood associations better understand and take advantage of programs that assist neighborhoods and residents;
  • a "Front Door Friday" initiative under which teams of government officials, representing Community Development, Recreation and Parks, the city-county schools, Human Relations, the Fire Department and non-uniformed Police Department employees, go door-to-door engaging city residents;
  • an online Connect Your Community calendar that will serve as a common calendar of events where neighborhoods and city agencies can post their events and other useful information, such as the dates for bulky item collection or leaf collection in a  given neighborhood; and
  • a Community Toolkit that will provide residents with resources and general guidance for neighborhood-specific projects and encourage citizen-led initiatives.

The key word in the new initiative is "collaborative," said Marla Newman, the city’s community development director. "At its essence, C.O.R.E. is intended to foster collaborations between community stakeholders, neighborhood representatives and city officials to support our neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life for all city residents," Newman said. "Partnering with our neighborhoods will help us develop programs that accurately reflect and address their needs, and help neighborhoods and residents be more self-sufficient."

Neighborhood associations that sign up to participate in C.O.R.E. will automatically be enrolled in Neighborhoods USA, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen neighborhood organizations. 

For more information about C.O.R.E. or to sign up for the Community Coalition meeting, contact Tabetha Childress at tabethab@cityofws.org or call 336-734-1249.

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