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  The Neighborhood Conference is this Saturday, April 2, 2022. We are excited to see you in person this year!
The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment offers a wide variety of activities, programs, and services to support resident-led, resident-controlled, democratically run neighborhood organizations in the City of Knoxville. 

Annual Conference: The 2022 Conference is scheduled for Saturday, April 2. We hope to see you in person then! Registration is now closed; however on-site registration will be open on the day of The Neighborhood Conference.  You will not be guaranteed a meal ticket but we will do what we can to accommodate folks with tickets from those who do not show up. 
Awards: The Good Neighbor of the Year Award recognizes outstanding commitment and service to neighbors and to community building activities.

The Neighborhood Achievement Awards recognize the work of the city's neighborhood organizations in improving, protecting, and enhancing our residential neighborhoods.

Blighted Property:  Staff from the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment and the Neighborhood Codes Enforcement Office have developed a two pronged neighborhood approach to blight remediation.  The first, a short term approach, is detailed in our new Neighborhood Give Day Guide.  The second is a long term approach, Long Term Neighborhood Blight Remediation Guide, which is also a guide describing ways neighborhoods can be proactive to improve their neighborhood.  Contact Debbie Sharp at dsharp@knoxvilletn.gov or 215-4382 for more information.  To report a blighted property, call 311 first.  To follow up on a blighted property that does not seem to be improving, fill out the Blighted Property Profile and email it to Cheri Burke at cmburke@knoxvilletn.gov.

Community Wildlife Habitat Certification: The City of Knoxville is Certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat through the National Wildlife Federation.  Several of our neighborhoods are also certified as Community Wildlife Habitats.  South Woodlawn Neighborhood Association was the first neighborhood in the State of Tennessee to become certified, next was Forest Heights, and then came Historic Fourth and Gill. If your neighborhood is interested in becoming certified, contact Debbie Sharp at dsharp@knoxvilletn.gov or 215-4382.

Consultation Services: Staff from the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment 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.

Directory: If you are a neighborhood person looking for your neighborhood contact, a developer trying to reach a contact in the neighborhood, a political candidate that would like to speak at a neighborhood meeting, or City staff needing to reach out to a neighborhood contact, please call the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment at 215-3232, for this information. 

Emergency Preparedness: 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. 

The 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. Grant applications and guidelines for the year 2022 are now available.

Healthy Knoxville: This program, fashioned after the Bill Haslam's Healthier Tennessee program, was in a pilot during 2021 and is now going to become an official program of Office of Neighborhood Empowerment.  It focuses on helping groups to organize around exercise, eating healthy, smoking cessation and/or looks at mental health concerns.  If your neighborhood is interested in participating, contact our office. 

Leadership Training
:  "Building Strong Neighborhood Organizations (BSNO)" is a training series which works to give neighborhood members tools to strengthen their groups.  This is a leadership training class for anyone living in the city currently wanting to learn, who is already in a neighborhood organization or anyone wishing to start a neighborhood organization. This course is free and snacks are provided. We hope to provide this class in the Fall of 2021.   

Maps: Maps of the boundaries of city neighborhood organizations — along with contact information for these groups — can be found in this KGIS Neighborhood Groups Viewer.

Neighborhood Input:  The Neighborhood Advisory Council provides advice and input to the City Administration, including the Office of Neighborhoods, on topics important to Knoxville's residential neighborhoods.  This is a 15 member board representing neighborhoods across the city.  

Neighborhood Revitalization: The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment  works with various city departments that grapple with abandoned, blighted, and vacant properties, both residential and commercial, that present a challenge to residential neighborhoods. See Blight above for ways neighborhoods can address this opportunity.   

Neighborhood Signs: Neighborhood Signs are important for neighborhood identity.  If your group wants to install a sign, learn how to receive a city permit for a neighborhood entrance sign.

Neighborhood Events in City Parks/Facilities: For your neighborhood organization's convenience, here is a quick overview of how to reserve a spot in a City Park/Facility for your neighborhood events.   

Neighborhood Workshops: Workshops on a variety of topics are offered on a monthly basis. The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment welcomes your ideas for workshop topics. Call Debbie Sharp at 215-4382 or Take our survey.  

Newsletter: The Neighborly Notice  is an "almost weekly" newsletter that provides news and tips important to Knoxville's resident-led, resident-controlled, democratically run neighborhood organizations.

NoogaKnox Challenge: The NoogaKnox Challenge is a friendly competition between the Knoxville and Chattanooga communities encouraging residents to improve their yards for the benefit of our region’s stormwater quality and the health of our watersheds and ecosystems. 

Officer Liaison Awards
: The Office of Neighborhood Empowerment with the partnership of Knoxville Police Department, started the Officer Liaison of the Year Award in 2019.  The inaugural winner was Officer Eric Parks, who is the Officer Liaison working with Norwood Community Association. Due to COVID in 2020, there was not the opportunity to offer and award. If you wish to nominate your Officer Liaison, fill out the applications and return it to Debbie Sharp at dsharp@knxovilletn.gov.    

Traffic Calming:  The Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program is a collaboration among neighborhoods, the Engineering Department, the Police Department, and the Office of Neighborhood Empowerment to address speeding on local streets in residential neighborhoods. 

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Mailing Address:
c/o Community Empowerment
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville TN 37901

Debbie Sharp
Neighborhood Coordinator
Suite 546, City-County Building