The Office of Neighborhoods offers a wide variety of activities and programs to support resident-led, resident-controlled neighborhood organizations in the City of Knoxville. These include:
: Staff from the Office of Neighborhoods is available to assist individual neighborhood leaders and boards on the issues and challenges facing neighborhood groups. We also assist those who wish to start a new neighborhood group in an unorganized neighborhood
Our Emergency Preparedness Program
raises awareness, provides speakers from various emergency agencies, and helps neighborhoods develop disaster preparedness plans at the block and neighborhood levels. The program also supports a network of neighborhood contacts who serve as liaisons to emergency services during a widespread disaster. Contact Debbie Sharp at 215-4382.
The Good Neighbor of the Year Award
recognizes outstanding commitment and service to neighbors and to community building activities.
Building Strong Neighborhood Organizations (BSNO) is a leadership training class
for leaders and participants in city neighborhood organizations. Topic-specific workshops are also held periodically.
Presented every other year, the Neighborhood Achievement Awards
recognize the work of the city's neighborhood organizations in improving, protecting and enhancing our residential neighborhoods.
The Neighborhood Awards & Networking Luncheon
is held annually to present the Diana Conn Good Neighbor of the Year Award, recognize neighborhood achievements and bring neighborhood advocates together around a common theme. The next luncheon will be part of the bi-annual Neighborhood Conference in 2017.
The Neighborhood Conference
— held in odd years — includes not only the Luncheon but also workshops and information booths. The next conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017.
: The Office of Neighborhoods works with various city departments that grapple with abandoned, blighted and vacant properties, both residential and commercial, that present a challenge to residential neighborhoods.
Neighborhood Small Grants Program
provides competitive grants to neighborhood organizations in the city. The goal of the program is to improve quality of life in the neighborhood while building the capacity of the neighborhood organization to better serve the community.
The Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program
, which is expected to launch in the summer of 2016, will enable the City and neighborhoods to work together to address speeding on local streets in residential neighborhoods.