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Legacy Foundation hosts training for Neighborhood Spotlight communities

Larry Brewer, left, artistic director at South Shore Dance Alliance, and Greg Mance, chief of police for the Griffith Police Department, participate in an exercise on engagement at a Legacy Foundation workshop for communities interested in its Neighborhood Spotlight program. Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Griffith, Hammond and Merrillville neighborhoods were represented.

MERRILLVILLE | More than 50 residents, local leaders and community-based organizations attended the first training for Legacy Foundation’s Neighborhood Spotlight program recently at IBEW Local Union 697.

Neighborhoods in Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Griffith, Hammond and Merrillville were represented.

The training focused on engagement and visioning to help participating communities build relationships with local residents, form a core engagement group, conduct interviews and develop a vision for positive change based on the engagement process.

“All opportunities come from relationships, always. The more relationships, the more potential opportunities will come,” said James Capraro, principal of Capraro Consulting.

Legacy Foundation has partnered with Capraro and the Indiana Association for Community Economic Development to deliver comprehensive community development training. All of the communities that participate in the training sessions will receive capacity building assistance to come together and take action to address issues they define as important.

The sessions will help neighborhoods submit a successful letter of interest for funding by Sept. 1.

Neighborhood Spotlight is a county-wide community development initiative of Legacy Foundation. Any neighborhood from the 16 cities and towns within Lake County is eligible to participate.

Two more training sessions will be offered this year: "Contracting: Strategy, Agreement and Commitment" on April 30 and "Going Public"  on June 18

Leaders of organizations, units of government, businesses, neighborhood groups or engaged citizens, who are interested in being a partner, are strongly encouraged to attend.

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