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April 1, 2016

Chandler now accepting applications for Mayor’s Traditional Neighborhood Academy

Chandler residents of non-HOA neighborhoods are encouraged to register for Mayor Jay Tibshraeny’s popular Traditional Neighborhood Academy.  The free Academy consists for four workshops beginning Thursday, April 14, and continues every Thursday thereafter through May 5. To register for the Academy, download an application at chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods. Residents have until April 14 to apply.   

The Academy highlights the importance of healthy neighborhoods, communication and neighborhood identity. The program is modeled after the City’s HOA Academy, but uses different curriculum that addresses the unique needs of neighborhoods without a formal governing structure. Classes are held in Chandler City Hall, Training Room A, 175 S. Arizona Ave.  

During the month-long program, participants will take an inventory of neighborhood conditions and identify characteristics that make the neighborhood desirable and those posing challenges. An action plan is developed to promote the positive and tackle the negative. Issues ranging from parking and maintenance to signage and safety get addressed. In addition, participants discuss neighborhood identity and brainstorm concepts for logos and neighborhood identification signs that promote a sense of community.

Neighborhood survey results, action plans and logos from dozens of traditional neighborhoods who have participated in the Academy can be found online at chandleraz.gov/neighborsinaction.

The Academy is organized by the City’s Neighborhood Programs Division and is free to Chandler residents. Those who complete all four classes will receive a Certificate of Completion and be recognized at a future Chandler City Council meeting.

For more information, call 480-782-4354 or visit chandleraz.gov/neighborhoods.