Neighborhood connections create possibilities

By Lizzy Kelley
Special to the Outlook

Building a strong community begins with engaged neighborhoods. From block parties to beautification projects, what has your neighborhood accomplished during the past year to improve the lives of residents? Big or small, everything has an impact. Share your success stories by nominating your neighborhood – or an outstanding neighbor – for the 2017 Neighborhood Recognition Program.

This program honors and recognizes neighborhoods and neighbors that have done exceptional work during the past year. It is a joint effort by the City of Tallahassee, Leon County Government and the Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA). Each agency has its own application process and awards, which gives your neighborhood more chances to win.

The City will honor outstanding neighborhoods in two categories: Small (200 or fewer homes) and Large (more than 200 homes). An individual who, based on community nominations, exemplifies leadership and service will be recognized as the Neighbor of the Year. To apply for the City’s awards, visit Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12.

“From rich historic neighborhoods like Smokey Hollow to modern districts like Midtown and Gaines St., Tallahassee is strengthened by our unique communities,” Mayor Andrew Gillum said. “By engaging active neighborhoods, Tallahassee will remain a place where people want to live and raise a family. I encourage all of our neighborhoods to apply and look forward to celebrating this year’s winners.”

Last year, Providence Neighborhood Association won in the City’s Large category and Florida A&M Subdivision Neighborhood Association won in the City’s Small category. Will Guzman, formerly of the Providence Neighborhood Association, was honored as the City’s Neighbor of the Year.

For more information, contact the City of Tallahassee at (850) 891-3866 or visit