Neighborhood Leadership Institute

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The Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI) was a series of classes and workshops offered up to 30 city and county residents by the City of Charlottesville every year free of charge. The institute was meant to encourage citizen participation in local government.

At the conclusion of each class, participants work on group projects to research, recommend, or implement initiatives that will enhance the Charlottesville community.[1]

Though the city's website is still active, the program has not been held for several years. [citation needed]

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NLI Projects

In 2013, a group of NLI participants worked to create a bicycle and pedestrian survey to help inform future infrastructure improvements in the city.[2]

In 2012, NLI participants proposed Bike, Walk, Play JPA, which became a successful community event.[3] Other projects included a proposal for public exercise equipment in parks and along trails,[4] and a proposal for a neighborhood resolution team to mediate neighborhood conflicts.[5]


Former City Councilor Dede Smith (2012-2015) attended the institute in 2010. She has said that the institute contributed to her decision to run for office.[3]


  1. Web. Seventh annual Neighborhood Leadership Institute, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 31 July 2013.
  2. Web. Input sought on bicycle and pedestrian survey, Claudia Elzey, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 31 July 2013, retrieved 1 Aug 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. Charlottesville’s neighborhood leadership initiative accepting applications, Tim Shea, Charlottesville Tomorrow, 9 Oct 2013, retrieved 1 Aug 2013.
  4. Web. Affordable Exercise Options: Making isometric workouts work for Charlottesville, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, retrieved 1 Aug 2013.
  5. Web. Neighborhood Resolution Team, Maisie Osteen, Jane Dittmar, Frank Grosch, Shannon Hughes, Hasmukh Shah, Neighborhood Leadership Institute, retrieved 1 Aug 2013.

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