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Columbia Missourian

Neighborhood workshops to help residents advocate for issues

By Aaron Cooper
October 3, 2011 | 3:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Residents can learn how to discuss their issues with the Columbia City Council at a free workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Walton Building, 300 S. Providence Road. The Office of Neighborhood Services and MU Extension are hosting the meeting.

The meeting is the first of four about neighborhood organizing. The others will be at the same time and place every other Wednesday through Nov. 16.

If you go

What:  Neighborhood advocacy workshop

When: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Walton Building, 300 S. Providence Road

More Information: RSVP to 874-7248 or send an email to

Source: City's Office of Neighborhood Services.

At this week's workshop, members of the public can learn how to advocate on an issue to the council, Bill Cantin of the Office of Neighborhood Services said.

"We’re basically going to give some pointers — how to do that, how not to do that," he said.

The city and MU Extension handle different parts of the workshops, Johanna Reed Adams of the MU Extension said.

"We are providing the educational portion of it," she said. "… And they are working with the neighborhood associations in getting the word out, in getting a good turnout for the workshop."

About 10 people went to each session last year, Cantin said.

These are the dates and subjects of the other three workshops, according to a news release from the Office of Neighborhood Services:

• Oct. 19 — Neighbors working together

• Nov. 2 — Strategic planning

• Nov. 16 — Civic engagement

The workshops follow a "Neighborhood Congress" held Tuesday. At that event, residents of neighborhoods discuss topics selected by their neighborhood associations.

The workshops are free and open to the public. The organizers request an RSVP to 874-7248 or email to Cantin at