Garland's diverse neighborhoods reflect the community's growth over the years. We value neighborhoods as core building blocks of a great community. Through the Office of Neighborhood Vitality, the City of Garland engages residents and other community stakeholders as equal partners in creating and sustaining neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and economically stable
Neighborhoods are where life happens. As diverse sectors of the community build relationships and increase collaboration, stakeholders take an active role in managing their neighborhood's future.
Neighborhood Management Philosophy
The Neighborhood Management philosophy encourages vitality through community building, empowerment, and collaboration. The office of Neighborhood Vitality works with residents and organizations to discover and build on their strengths and to expand their capabilities to improve and manage neighborhood image and outcomes over time.
The City of Garland promotes neighborhood associations as an excellent opportunity for residents to build relationships with one another and community stakeholders, to create a forum for planning and setting goals, and to build social capital.
Faith-based and Non-profit Initiative
While Garland has provided capacity building for neighborhood groups for more than ten years, a nonprofit and faithbased component was initiated in Decemter 2012. The purpose of the initiative is to provide capacity building and networking opportunities for leaders of local faith-based and non-profit organizations who desire to participate in community transformation activities that align with the Garland 2030 Vision.
The Garland Neighborhood Management Academy (GNMA), established in 2007, provides community stakeholders with training and resources to be active participants in the municipal government process and to manage neighborhood growth and change. GNMA increases awareness of the contribution that every neighbor can make in sustaining vital neighborhoods and a thriving community.
The Summit is an annual event designed to build bridges between the various sectors of our community. The event provides an opportunity for residents, local governement, leaders, and practitioners to review and discuss best practices in neighborhood development and revitalization. The Summit includes diverse speakers, workshops, and takeaways for everyone interested in vital neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Resource Guide: This guide is a comprehensive source for information on city services, programs, grants, as well as information on private and non-profit community organizations and service providers.
Neighorhood Chatter E-Newsletter: Neighborhood Vitality publishes a bi-weekly e-newsletter which includes leadership articles, event announcements, and promotions.
The Neighborhood Vitality Matching Grant is designed to encourage community effots in the enhancement of our neighborhoods. Funds may be used for physical and aesthetic improvements (See program guidlines for more details). Neighborhood projects are a great opportunity to:
- Promote the goals of a neighborhood association.
- Improve neighborhood image.
- Achieve goals important to area residents.
- Meet and develop relationships with neighbors.
- Promote a sense of community.
The Community Gardening program allows neighborhood groups to utilize undeveloped, city-owned parcels for gardening. Community gardening creates opportunities for recreation and education; contributes to community "greening" and sustainablity; and stimulates social interaction. For more information, call 972-205-2445 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.