The Seattle Neighborhood Summit 2014 was organized by the city in an effort to help connect community members with city leaders and communicate ideas at the neighborhood level.

“I believe there is a need for greater transparency and consistency in providing information and soliciting input from community leaders,” Murray said in a statement. “That need is becoming more apparent each day. When I am out in the communities throughout the city, I hear time and time again that people want to feel valued, listened to, and acknowledged.”

Here’s some of what to expect:

• Diane Douglas from CityClub will discuss the recently released Seattle Civic Health Index report. The report finds Seattle’s civic health to be excellent, but there are key areas where we can improve, specifically in connection and trust.

• We will touch upon how we organize as a community and as a city. Every community in the city mobilizes differently and for different reasons. With the recently passed district elections, community organization and government will look different.

• Infrastructure is an issue of city-wide interest. Share your thoughts on transportation as we embark on a search for a new Director for the Seattle Department of Transportation. Participate in a community discussion about the transportation needs of the city.

• Curbside Consulting: Access city resources in real time. Sit down at a staffed table and sign up for services such as utility discount programs, small sparks grants, or get a library card right then and there.

• Peer Networking: Connect to one another. Our residents are resourceful and are valuable resources. These small break-out sessions are focused on talking and teaching, listening and learning,

• Department Representatives: Share your thoughts and ask questions of staff from city departments.

• Getting social: Demonstrations of social media and technology that allow people to participate in new ways.

To view the Summit’s complete agenda, click here

The summit happens this Saturday, April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall, located at Mercer Street and 3rd Avenue N., next to McCaw Hall. Child care and light refreshments will be provided. To RSVP, visit

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