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Neighborhood Commission is celebrating some early successes

Margot Seay • Mar 2, 2018 at 9:15 AM

We have a lot to learn and we’re listening.

I would like to share with you three successes I think we’ve had thus far. It’s great to get started in a positive way, and we have experienced overwhelming support from neighbors hoping we really make a difference. And we really want to.

Recruiting a diverse group of people

Our committee was chosen by looking at various identifiers beyond what people traditionally think about diversity. We looked at families, people with young kids and older kids. We looked at seniors and retirees as well as young professionals. We took into account types of jobs such as a business owner, a corporate employee and more. We looked at a great makeup of what we would consider a strong neighborhood. Two heads are better than one. Five heads are better than two. We hope that we’ve put together a strong 12 that can bring forth a passion to share different experiences that will benefit the entire community and make us stronger. While we each, of course, live in one neighborhood, we represent them ALL.

Visiting a new city location each month

When learning a new language, many say the best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the culture. Well, we agree. We want to visit many areas in Kingsport to learn more about that particular area and surrounding neighborhoods. Consider the Neighborhood Commission to be serving as a monthly listening post, coming to a neighborhood near you! An early goal for us is to listen to citizens and build trust within neighborhoods.

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A quick thank you to the Times News for allowing us to share our thoughts and successes with readers. This monthly article, which you’ll find the first Friday of each month, is a valuable communication tool for us.

While I consider the above to be a few early wins for the Neighborhood Commission, our real work is creating wins for our people. Roadblocks are always in the way, and the Neighborhood Commission challenges itself as a body to be creative thinkers, problem solvers and ones to not take “no” easily.

Did you know?

Each month we hope to bring you something we’ve learned at our meeting. In February, Public Information Officer Tom Patton joined us to talk about a new online reporting tool called Coplogic. Go to kingsporttn.gov and search “Coplogic” to find out more.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in the Highland community. The meeting will be held in the Dobyns-Bennett High School band room. Please join us and share your successes and concerns as a valued citizen. We welcome you! In the meantime, if you have something to share, please email us at [email protected]

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