Neighborhood Resources Connection names Scott Palmer as Director of Programs and Marketing

Palmer brings instructional design, communications, legal experience to South Bend neighborhoods


Scott Palmer, Director of Programs and Marketing

South Bend, Ind., March 1, 2018.  The Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC) today announced that Scott Palmer has been named Director of Programs and Marketing. Palmer will oversee NRC’s technical assistance programs and develop the organization’s communications strategies.

“NRC offers a variety of services, so we’re very excited that Scott brings a variety of talents,” says Diana Hess, NRC Executive Director. “NRC helps neighborhood organizations with everything from recruiting to writing bylaws to developing new leaders. Scott’s varied background helps us expand our assistance to neighbors and neighborhood organizations throughout South Bend,” Hess says.

Palmer brings three distinct skill sets to the NRC team. As the Program Coordinator for NRC’s Neighborhood Leadership Academy since early 2017, Palmer recently applied his background in instructional design to the task of redesigning NRC’s flagship training program for community organizers.

A former contracts and business law attorney, Palmer looks forward to creating programs that help association leaders navigate local government and govern themselves.

Palmer also brings over ten years of communications experience. Previously a multimedia journalist for WNDU, Palmer served four years as the University of Notre Dame’s Human Resources Communications Manager prior to joining NRC. Palmer not only looks forward to telling NRC’s story in new and creative ways, but also helping South Bend’s neighborhood leaders tell their own stories.

“A city is only as strong as its neighborhoods,” says Palmer, “and neighborhood associations are the representative voice of those neighborhoods. NRC helps neighbors find that voice, and I’m excited to be a part of that.”

In addition to growing NRC’s existing programs such as the Neighborhood Leadership Roundtable and Engaging Youth, Engaging Neighborhoods, Palmer will also help the organization explore new ways to serve neighborhoods.

For example, Palmer recently secured a South Bend Awesome Fund grant to establish NRC’s new Block Party Toolkit, a collection of items commonly needed for successful block parties such as portable tables and lawn games. The toolkit will be launched in May during the city’s “Best Week Ever” and then made available to neighborhood groups hosting membership events.

Whether a neighborhood organization is just getting started or has been in place for decades, Palmer wants to offer whatever support will help it thrive. He looks forward to developing a catalog of workshops deliverable on short notice — programs he describes as “just in time” training — “to meet their needs where they are, when they are,” he says.

“South Bend is at a crossroads between its past and its future,” he says. “It’s exciting to stand at that intersection, to see how new ideas and energy on one hand can be combined with existing knowledge and wisdom on the other. Neighborhoods are where that happens.”

For more information, contact Executive Director Diana Hess at nrcneighbors@gmail.com or call 574-287-0425.


Neighborhood Resources Connection (NRC) is a not-for-profit organization that works exclusively for South Bend neighborhoods and neighborhood organizations. NRC offers leadership training, advising, grants, and other resources to help South Bend neighbors build better neighborhoods. Learn more at nrc4neighborhoods.org.

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