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The City Wants to Help Your Neighborhood

Are you interested in the quality of life offered in Knoxville's residential neighborhoods? The city has an event for you to attend. 

On Saturday, March 23, the city's Office of Neighborhoods will sponsor the first Neighborhood Conference for Knoxville and Knox County residents at the Knoxville Convention Center. The conference, which will go from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (free food is involved), will weave the day's theme of "Connecting Neighborhoods, Building Community" into more than 30 workshops on issues ranging from codes enforcement to crime prevention to neighborhood organizing.

"We have a great slate of panelists to talk about everything from zoning to greenways. This is a real opportunity for people in local neighborhood organizations, or people who would like to start a neighborhood organization, to learn more about how to effectively advocate for the things that matter most to them," says David Massey, coordinator of the Office of Neighborhoods, in a city press release.

The best part about this event? It's free.

Registration, admission, parking, and, yes, the continental breakfast and boxed lunches are free. Tell your friends!

City and county senior staff and members of the city council and county commission will be on hand at the conference, which will probably be a great venue in which to talk to them about how they can serve their constituents better. Attendees will also be able to browse more than 20 informational booths from local government agencies and nonprofit groups. 

Check out the complete schedule of events here. You can register for the event here. For more info, get in touch with David Massey by calling 215-3232 or emailing

Anyone needing a disability accommodation to attend the conference should contact City ADA Coordinator Stephanie Brewer Cook by calling 215-2034 or emailing

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