The public is invited to attend the annual gathering of the South of Downtown Community Development Organization (CDO) from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 21 at Everett Elementary School, 11th and "B" streets (use the south door). The CDO is co-hosting the event with the City Urban Development Department, the South of Downtown Steering Committee and the Everett and Near South neighborhood associations.
Community Organizer Isabel Salas said the CDO has knocked on 2,000 doors and attended numerous community meetings in the South of Downtown neighborhoods during the last two years to listen and learn more from residents' first-hand perspectives regarding their neighborhood. She said the event is part of an effort to elevate resident voices, increase resident involvement, and provide updates on CDO progress
"The residents are the real neighborhood experts," Salas said. "Listening and maintaining that openness for conversation to happen across all levels - from the grassroots to the City and State government level - is really important to understanding that sense of pride and ownership in the community that could otherwise be lost."
"The CDO has been working very hard to understand the resident's views and needs in the South Downtown area," said Kile Johnson, South of Downtown Steering Committee Tri-chair. "Good things are happening that are making the area a better place to live and work!"
"Listening to people talk about why they love their neighborhoods, as well as concerns they have, is critical work being carried out by the CDO," said Wynn Hjermstad, Community Development Manager with the City's Urban Development Department. "The City is pleased to be a partner, helping build upon existing neighborhood assets with improvements that will benefit the people who live there."
Those attending will be able to visit interactive stations to learn what the CDO has been hearing, get an update on CDO activities and to provide feedback to help inform CDO goals. Everett and Near South neighborhood associations will also be sharing their goals for 2019. Free food will be provided by El Chaparro.
For more information, visit lincolnsouthdowntown.org.