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NPU Initiative: July Working Session

  • Center for Civic Innovation 115 Martin Luther King Junior Drive Southwest, #200 Atlanta United States (map)

The Center for Civic Innovation recently launched the NPU Initiative – an independently-led, multi-year study and review of the city’s historic Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system.

However, we can’t do this work alone! We’re creating a coalition of organizations and individuals from across Atlanta to partner with us and help drive this initiative forward over the next two years. At our June meeting, after reviewing the draft problem statement from May, we dug deeper into the whoswhats, and hows of the working groups.

Join us on Saturday, July 27th at noon as we will be creating outreach strategies:

  1. to educate more people about the NPU system, and

  2. to listen to and learn from residents about how the NPU system is currently functioning and how the City of Atlanta can more effectively support it.

Want to participate but feel like you need to get up to speed on NPUs and the NPU Initiative first? Feel free to join us early at 11:30am so we can fill you in on the basics.

About the NPU Initiative

The Center for Civic Innovation believes that if we strengthen systems of local engagement where people’s voices and ideas are heard, we will improve trust and have programs and services that better reflect the needs of people.

While the City of Atlanta has seen a lot of change since Mayor Maynard Jackson took office in 1974, its formal community engagement system of Neighborhood Planning Units has not. As noted in the Atlanta City DesignResilient Atlanta strategy, the Community Development & Human Services Committee’s 2018 Goals & Objectives, and the new HouseATL recommendations, our NPU system needs evaluation.

CCI is launching the NPU Initiative to conduct a multi-year study and review of the Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system. The NPU system was created to empower Atlanta residents to learn about and engage with the city’s planning and budget processes to improve the future of their neighborhoods and the city as a whole. We will evaluate the current state of this system and advocate for ways to strengthen it.