Registration is open for the Neighborhood Exchange and Leadership Awards

Ashley Ford

Registration is now open for the Neighborhood Exchange & Leadership Awards​, a free community event for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County residents that will feature networking, panel discussions and workshops, and an awards ceremony recognizing outstanding local neighborhoods, nonprofits and business partners. Registration ends on Monday, Sept. 12.

Scheduled to be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Charlotte Convention Center, attendees at the event will include elected officials, community leaders and staff from local government agencies and nonprofits. Peter Kageyama, author of “For the Love of Cities:  The ​Love Affair Between People and Their Places,” will be the keynote speaker. Kageyama is also the president of the grassroots community change organization Creative Tampa Bay as well as the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together.

More than a dozen workshops will be offered at the event, which will include:
  • Branding Your Neighborhood
  • Building Relationships with Law Enforcement
  • Local Government 101
  • The Future of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Additionally, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council will also host a workshop geared toward middle and high school students that will discuss Leadership Development for Youth. 

In advance of the event, the City asks members of the community to nominate Charlotte neighborhood organizations, nonprofits and businesses for awards to recognize their outstanding achievements and initiatives. Nominations are being requested for the following award categories: Community Safety Ambassador, Embracing Diversity, Good Neighbors, Moving Charlotte Forward, Sustainability Leadership, Community Service (for businesses and nonprofit organizations) and Neighborhood-School Engagement.

For more information about the Neighborhood Leadership Awards, and to submit a nomination, visit