Housing & Neighborhood Services


More than 200 residents, community leaders and resource partners came together at the City of Charlotte's 2017 Neighborhood Exchange & Leadership Awards (NEXLA) on Saturday, Sept. 23 to discuss topics that matter most to them. Attendees were inspired by Krista Nightengale of the Better Block Foundation before breaking out into brainstorming and networking sessions to explore topics like transportation choices, technology access, equity, youth culture and more.  



Following the discussion, the Neighborhood Leadership Awards honored neighborhoods, nonprofits, and businesses that have made a positive impact on our neighborhoods.  Congratulations to our 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Award winners! Read about their inspiring work below. 

2017 NEXLA Award Winners​

Community Safety Ambassador Award: Orchard Trace Owners Association

The Community Safety Ambassador Award recognizes neighborhood organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the improvement of police-community relations in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

Orchard Trace Owners Association received a $25,000 Neighborhood Matching Grant to install security cameras and monitoring equipment, created a Community Watch program, and hosted a three-day CMPD transparency workshop.


Embracing Diversity Award: Queen City Unity

The Embracing Diversity Award recognizes a neighborhood group that bridges cultural gaps among neighbors and celebrates diversity in their planning and activities. 

Queen City Unity brings people together of all races, religions, genders, sexual orientations and socioeconomic statuses through multicultural events, legal assistance for those who have been discriminated against, and social media awareness and education.


Good Neighbors Award: Winterfield Neighborhood Association

The Good Neighbors Award recognizes a neighborhood organization that collaborates to improve their community through improvement projects, initiatives and communication resources to address neighborhood beautification, code and regulation compliance, and neighbor engagement.       

Winterfield Neighborhood Association donated surplus food from the elementary school garden to Meals on Wheels, received a Neighborhood Matching Grant to create a litter program, and participated in "NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South".


Moving Charlotte Forward Award: Bicycle Friday

The Moving Charlotte Forward Award recognizes neighborhoods that have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of transportation choices and safety as well as neighborhood livability. ​

Bicycle Friday leads students on a bicycle ride every Friday morning to Park Road Montessori, and encourages youth to think critically and participate in transportation planning in Charlotte.


Sustainability Leadership Award: West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition

This category recognizes neighborhood associations that implement sustainability initiatives in their community.

West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition created Seeds for Change, a fully-integrated food hub that includes an urban farm that provides he​​althy, fresh food and youth job training opportunities in west Charlotte.


Community Service Award (For Profit): Woodstone Apartments

This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a private business or industry with extraordinary commitment to community service that has helped improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods and across Charlotte.  

Woodstone Apartments set a zero crime tolerance standard for the community and banned offenders, created relationships with CMPD to improve police-resident relations, and established job training programs, after school tutoring, and youth mentorship programs.​​


Community Service Award (Non Profit/Not for Profit): Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg 

This award recognizes outstanding contributions by a nonprofit organization with extraordinary commitment to community service that has helped improve the quality of life in local neighborhoods and across Charlotte.

Communities in Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg provides resources and support for high needs students in 44 school sites to help increase the number of high school graduates, place students in a better position to learn as well as define a clear path to self-sufficiency and economic mobility. 


2017 NEXLA Nominees

Want to see all of the nominees? Click here​ to learn more about each organization and the impact they've had in their communities. 

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