Community Collectives

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In an effort to identify new ways to facilitate neighborhood services and build community, we are in the preliminary steps of developing a neighborhood identification program called Community Collectives.
 
This program aims to create a framework for residents to come together, identify neighborhood stakeholders, and proactively seek solutions to enhance the quality of life in all neighborhoods. Community Collectives will serve as an additional platform for communications between City government and Reno neighborhoods, bridging gaps for the betterment of all communities.

Through this program, neighborhoods would self-identify by establishing a group of neighbors or local business owners, will be self-managed, and registered with the City of Reno. Existing groups, such as homeowners associations or district associations, would also be able to register.
 
The City has been split into four quadrants for resident participation. 

  • Quadrant I - North Reno/Northwest Reno
  • Quadrant II - North Reno/Northeast Reno
  • Quadrant III - Southwest Reno/South Reno
  • Quadrant IV - South Reno/Southeast Reno

Focus Groups 

Community focus groups will be held in August 2019. Through these focus groups, we want to get a better understanding of possible neighborhood groups, gauge interest, and discuss possible needs the City may be able to help facilitate.

 All focus groups will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

  • August 22, 2019: City of Reno Quadrant I
  • August 26, 2019: City of Reno Quadrant II
  • August 27, 2019: City of Reno Quadrant III
  • August 28, 2019: All Quadrants - Note: This meeting will be presented in Spanish
  • August 29, 2019: City of Reno Quadrant IV

Map of the City of Reno showing different quadrants for proposed community collectives

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are Community Collectives?

To be determined! Community Collectives are being explored and created now, which is why we want your input and thoughts at the focus groups. Currently, the program aims to create a framework for residents to come together, identify neighborhood geographic boundaries and key stakeholders, and proactively seek solutions within a neighborhood. These would give residents a framework to gather as a smaller community and work through neighborhood concerns with the support of the City of Reno.  Your input will impact the final version of the program. 

Why was the City of Reno divided into quadrants rather than the already established Wards?

Focus group meetings were divided into quadrants to be geographically inclusive of neighborhoods that may be in more than one ward. Quadrants were used specifically for outreach purposes only and will not impact the program’s geographical parameters. Geographic parameters for neighborhoods have not been set and will be decided upon by the neighborhood itself, not by the City of Reno. 

Will Community Collectives replace the Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NABs)?

Community collectives will not replace NABs. These collectives will be self-managed and be registered with the City of Reno. Community Collectives will serve as an additional platform for communications between City government and Reno neighborhoods. In most cases, the community collectives will be much smaller geographic boundaries than the Ward boundaries, though this will be determined by the neighborhoods during and after the focus groups. We hope collaborative opportunities arise for both the NAB and a community collective group through the establishment of this program.

How will Community Collectives differ from the NABs?

Community collectives are neighborhood-oriented. Geographic boundaries of a community will be determined by the neighborhood itself with the assistance of the City of Reno. While a NAB represents an entire ward, community collectives will focus on smaller communities and will encourage engagement within a neighborhood to solve problems like speeding, neighborhood watch, street signage, and other neighborhood based concerns. 

How can we provide input?

We want to hear from you. Please stop by one of the focus groups to share your ideas and input. 
If you can’t make it and would like to share your thoughts, please feel free to email Cynthia Esparza or call 775-334-4636.