The City of Knoxville's Office of Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Advisory Council will hold the biennial Neighborhood Conference on March 11, 2017 at the Knoxville Convention Center.
Staff from the Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC), Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), Knoxville Regional Bicycle Program (I Bike KNX), and Smart Trips will be there with information about the agencies and programs and how each affects Knoxville’s neighborhoods.
City and county residents, neighborhood groups, and community organizations are encouraged to attend. Doors will open at 7:30 am when participants can pick up conference materials and enjoy a continental breakfast.
Mayors Rogero and Burchett will kick things off with a welcome address, followed by two break-out sessions at 9:30 and 11:00 am.
During those sessions, there will be 20 workshops covering topics like placemaking, blight, walkability, and local schools.
“Zoning and Why You Should Care” will be led by MPC’s Gerald Green during the 9:30 session. He will discuss zoning, why it’s critical to the health and future of neighborhoods, the overhaul of the city’s zoning code, and the role of MPC.
In addition to the workshops, the conference will feature a Candidates’ Corner where candidates for this year’s City Council races can interact with attendees. There will also be student workshops, more than 80 booths from local agencies and organizations, and opportunities for participants to network with neighborhood, city, and county leaders.
Registration for the Neighborhood Conference is required and can be completed online before noon on March 7, 2017. Walk-in registrations will be allowed on the day of the conference, but a box lunch will not be guaranteed. You can find information on how to get to the conference by taking transit, carpooling, or biking here.