For Neighborhood Council members, the annual Congress of Neighborhoods – taking place Saturday September 22nd at City Hall – is one of the best opportunities to learn skills that will take your community leadership and advocacy to the next level. Over 30 workshops plus breakfast and lunch are free with registration! RSVP now at

While you are welcome to enroll in any class that interests you so long as space is still available, this year’s Congress offers several different tracks tying into key areas of Neighborhood Council activity. We’ll be highlighting some of these tracks in our blog articles leading up to the Congress, starting with the overview below of the 2018 Land Use and Outreach classes:

Planning & Land Use workshops

Four classes on planning and land use are being offered this year. Instructors include staff from the Department of City Planning; Neighborhood Council members who lead the PlanCheckNC Neighborhood Council Land Use alliance; and local developers and architects who work closely with their local Councils. Workshops include Planning 101: Project Planning; General and Community Plan updates; utilizing Specific Plans; and a moderated debate on hot land use issues, including development and affordable housing.

Outreach workshops

2018 Congress outreach and communications workshops include event planning for NCs; Outreach 101 (social media, digital outreach, making flyers/posters, and filling vacancies); and Outreach 102 (townhalls; engaging schools and non-profits; and building meeting attendance).  There are also additional classes especially for those responsible for doing Elections strategy and promotion for their Council during the 2019 NC Elections season.


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photo of a Congress of Neighborhoods workshop in progress by Dusti Cunningham