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April 10, 2002
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Wynn Hjermstad, Urban Development, 441-8211
Reggie Carlson, Heartland Center, 474-7667

Mayor Announces Neighborhood Leadership Program

Mayor Don Wesely today invited neighborhood representatives to participate in the Neighborhood Leadership Program, a joint project of the city's Urban Development Department, the Heartland Center for Leadership Development and Neighborhoods, Inc. The project's first event is a Spring Training Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the new "F" Street Recreation Center, 13th and "F" streets.

"Lincoln is very fortunate to have strong neighborhood identity in all parts of the city," said Mayor Wesely. "The goal of this project is to build leadership skills within the neighborhoods, which can lead to stronger neighborhood associations and, in turn, to a stronger community."

The Mayor will open Spring Training Day, which will include a keynote address from J. Otis Smith, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. Smith is an officer and senior consultant with Stand By Systems II, Inc., which specializes in team development, conflict resolution, diversity and leadership motivation.

Workshop topics will include newsletters, youth activities, clean-up projects, filing applications for non-profit status, housing rehabilitation resources, gardening and landscaping, media relations, meeting management, strengthening membership, managing conflict, fund raising and working with local government. The Spring Training Day will be followed by a fall workshop series to be held over a two-month period.

The registration fee of $10 includes lunch, refreshments and an optional Internet Training Lab from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 at UNL's Architecture Hall. The registration deadline is April 22, and forms are available by calling the Heartland Center at 474-7672 or on the city web site.

The Neighborhood Leadership Project is funded by the Community Development Block Grant Program, the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, and the Woods Charitable Fund with in-kind support from the Heartland Center.

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