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Neighborhoods Conference
Date July 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM

14th Annual Neighborhoods Conference

8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sheraton Tampa East Hotel

 10221 Princess Palm Ave.

 Tampa, FL 33610

Don’t miss the multi-generational 14th Annual Neighborhoods Conference. This event, designed for all ages, will feature youth and adults coming together to build community and make our neighborhoods stronger, safer, and more livable. Register to attend workshops and the awards luncheon, and to network with community leaders and vendors.

Youth Conference

In addition to the Neighborhoods Conference, we are presenting a free youth conference for teens 14 - 19. The Connecting Generations through Neighborhoods conference features topics such as Youth Conversations, YouthARTS, and What's Your Brand Image?. We will provide snacks and lunch. Space is limited to 175 teens.

Check out the workshops we are offering this year

Click on sections below to see information on adult workshops

  • What You Need to Know About Code Enforcement - Code Enforcement responds to concerns from residents that affect the quality of life within the county, such as zoning, overgrown lots or yards, inoperative vehicles, maintenance of structures, illegal signs, and public nuisances.
  • Creative Tools for Neighborhood Partnerships - Learn how to use a neighborhood profile to create partnerships and gather the most relevant and accurate resources available to take your neighborhood organization to the next level.
  • Legislative Review for Mandatory Associations - Learn how to navigate through the bills the legislature is proposing. If you are a board member of a mandatory association, this workshop will give you the tools to understand Florida law and effectively serve your community.
  • Engaging the Hispanic Community in Your Neighborhood Organization - This workshop will offer leaders effective strategies for reaching out to and engaging Hispanic communities. Learn about what we all have in common and how to successfully build lasting relationships. Participants will learn new strategies and have opportunity to share strategies that have worked for them.
  • Community Conversation I - (panel discussion) - See neighborhoods through the eyes of community leaders, and hear what they have to say about their role in neighborhoods, with an optimistic look towards the future. This is a safe space in which neighbors can come together for thoughtful dialogue about shared values – past, present, and future.
  • Effective Meetings for Neighborhood Organizations - Learn about the most effective and efficient ways to conduct business meetings for neighborhood associations. Make meetings informative and engaging with fun tips and best practices.
  • Landscape Maintenance Specifications/Agreement - Review what every community should have in their landscape maintenance specifications, and learn how to save money on what often is a community's biggest expense.
  • What’s All the Buzz? Mosquito Control - More than 40 species of mosquitoes reside in Hillsborough County. But you don’t have to let them live in your backyard. Mosquito populations can be reduced through treatment and prevention.
  • Lost In Space? Will HOA Insurance Cover Cyber Theft? - Learn why cybersecurity insurance is important to you, and your HOA. Find out why directors’ and officers’ coverage may not be enough to cover you from a cyber attack that could hold an HOA hostage.
  • Community Conversation II – (youth panel discussion) - See neighborhoods through the eyes of young people and hear what they have to say about their role now and in the future. This is a safe space in which neighbors can come together for thoughtful dialogue about shared values – past, present, and future.
  • There’s No Place Like Home Ownership - Are you looking to purchase a home that will build equity and provide a nest egg for you and your family’s future? It’s possible for eligible home buyers through a first mortgage loan, down payment assistance, or first time buyer program. Receive pre and post home purchase counseling and financial education resources in this workshop.
  • Show Me the Money - Grant Writing -This professional grant writing workshop provides an overview of preparing government, foundation, and corporation grants, as well as how to research grants. This workshop is a great refresher for experienced fundraisers and an invaluable “how-to” for new grant writers.
  • Branding Your Neighborhood through the Arts – Painting the Town - How can sculptures, mosaics, murals, and other types of art beautify and brand communities? Participants will learn the basics of creating art and how art can strengthen their neighborhoods. Examples of successful projects, pitfalls to avoid, and what questions must be answered when considering a public community art project will part of this workshop discussion.
  • How to Partner with Pet Resources - The Pet Resource Center is the first stop to find a new or lost pet, report animal emergencies, or find the resources to care for your pets. It operates the only open-admission shelter in Hillsborough County, handling nearly 20,000 pets per year. Learn more about the work Pet Resources does and how partnering with them can benefit you and your community.
  • Zoning and Why You Should Care - What is “zoning” and how does it work? Why is zoning critical to the health and future of neighborhoods? What is the role of the Planning Commission? Get the skinny on the zoning code and why neighborhoods should pay very close attention.
  • Community Conversation III – (panel discussion) - A joint discussion with community leaders, youth, and law enforcement to help learn strategies for getting to know one another and finding a common ground among us all.

Click on sections below to see information on youth workshops

  • What’s Your Brand Image? - Just as a brand image for a product is developed over time your own brand image and who you are as a person is also developed. In this workshop, young people will learn how to be more aware of who they are, what makes them unique, and how to use those qualities to project the image they want others to see.
  • Community Conversation I – (youth panel discussion) - See neighborhoods through the eyes of young people and hear what they have to say about their role now and in the future. This is a safe space in which neighbors can come together for thoughtful dialogue about shared values – past, present, and future.
  • Youth ARTS Community-Based Art - Community-based arts programs have a positive impact on participating youth, as well as the community’s overall development. These programs provide students with educational opportunities and experiences that would not typically be available at their schools. This workshop focuses on how young people can connect with their peers, the community, and the outside world through art.
  • Community Conversation II – (youth panel discussion) - See neighborhoods through the eyes of young people and hear what they have to say about their role now and in the future. This is a safe space in which neighbors can come together for thoughtful dialogue about shared values – past, present, and future.
  • Stand Up to Bullying - Stand Up and Be Counted - Be the Change - “Positive social change” refers to involvement in activities that improve the lives of individuals and communities. Being a social change agent includes anyone who gives, advocates, or volunteers. Let’s explore how to utilize your skills, abilities, and talents to become a social change agent for your community. In this session we will review characteristics of a change agent, brainstorm about the needs of your community, and problem solve using the “teach one help one” model.
  • Adult/Youth - Combined Conversation - In this workshop, parents and young people discuss topics regarding family relationships, such as barriers of family dynamics, school behavior, and improving relationships with family members. This combined conversation will allow an open platform for the young people to be heard, and to help make families stronger.

Register for Neighborhoods or Youth Conference

14th Annual Neighborhoods Conference video
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Neighborhood Recognition Awards

The Conference also includes the Neighborhood Recognition Awards luncheon. You can celebrate your community by nominating exceptional individuals, neighborhood youth, special programs, projects and special events that occurred in 2016. 

Award categories include:

  • “Make It Happen”
  • Most Effective Board
  • Neighborhood Arts
  • Neighborhood Communications
  • Neighborhood-Community Partnership
  • Neighborhood Improvement
  • Neighborhood Watch and/or CERT
  • Outstanding Volunteer Leadership
  • Unsung Hero
  • Youth Volunteer

Nominations for the awards closed on June 23.

Event Details

Location

Sheraton Tampa East

10221 Princess Palm Ave.

Tampa FL, 33610

Date

July 15, 2017 | 8:00 AM

Contact

Neighborhood Relations

P (813) 272-5860

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