| March 7, 2007 - Mayor
Bill Haslam announced plans today to establish a position in his administration
aimed at helping the city better respond to, and serve the needs of,
The person appointed to that post would increase the flow of information
about the city's services, policies and resources to neighborhood
organizations. At the same time he or she would also be a liaison
between the neighborhoods and relevant decision makers inside the
The creation of the new position stems from recommendations made
by the Mayor's Neighborhood Task Force in a report made to the mayor
The mayor appointed the 15-member body in 2006 to develop ideas
how the city could be more responsive to its neighborhoods and to
umbrella organizations like the Council of Involved Neighborhoods
The task force was co-chaired by Senior Director of Policy Development
William Lyons and City Council Members Bob Becker and Chris Woodhull.
The group has met on more than a dozen occasions.
"A city is really only as strong as the neighborhoods that
it is made up of," Haslam said. "And I felt like, after
studying the findings of the task force, that we did need to have
someone who can act as a liaison between our many neighborhood organizations
and people in government."
"My hope is that this office will strengthen those neighborhood
groups and give them a stronger voice while making the city government
more responsive to the needs of citizens at a grassroots level."
The mayor will include funding for the new position in the fiscal
year 2007-2008 Budget.
The person selected for the job would report to Madeline Rogero,
Director of Community Development.