Neighborhood Leadership Academy Workshops

To complement our full Neighborhood Leadership Academy, NRC also offers periodic workshops. These free workshops will help neighborhood leaders, community organizers, or any interested residents learn more about strengthening their South Bend neighborhoods.

No application required, though RSVPs may be requested.


2018 Workshops

The Alphabet Soup of Community Development: TIFs, CDCs, and CDBGs.

Thursday, Nov. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
LaSalle Branch Meeting Room, SJC Public Library, 3232 W Ardmore Tr.
Interested in how neighborhood improvement programs are funded? Learn about Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, what Community Development Corporations (CDCs) are and how they differ from neighborhood associations, and how federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can benefit your local community. Note: this is the rescheduled workshop originally planned for September.   Facebook event  |  RSVP

City Budget Process

Thursday, July 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Dickinson Room, SJC Public Library Main Branch, 304 S Main St.
Learn about the City of South Bend’s budget process and how you can have a voice in setting the city’s financial priorities. In this interactive workshop, the city’s Department of Administration and Finance will explain what it takes to create the annual budget, describe how citizens may have a say, and hear your ideas on how to improve your neighborhoods with the help of the budget process.   More information  |  Facebook event  |  RSVP

County Tax & Certificate Sales

Thursday, Aug. 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Holobyn Meeting Room, SJC Public Library Tutt Branch, 2223 Miami St.
When owners fall behind on property taxes, the liens may be auctioned — providing opportunities for neighbors to become better stewards of these neglected assets. Learn more about these auctions, the legal steps winning bidders must follow, the redemption rights of property owners, and whether this method of acquiring property is suitable for you.  More information   |   Facebook event   |   RSVP

“Good Neighbor” Law

Thursday, Oct. 18 , 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Holobyn Meeting Room, SJC Public Library Tutt Branch, 2223 Miami St.
This workshop will separate fact from fiction regarding municipal ordinances, state statues, and other legal principles. Legal experts will discuss such topics as nuisance, the Indiana “Good Samaritan” law, and more. Information will also be provided on how you might contact an attorney if you need help resolving specific legal issues. Co-sponsored by the Volunteer Lawyer Network.   Facebook Event  |  RSVP