City of Lakewood Hosting Community Building Workshop

The City of Lakewood is hosting a Community Building Workshop on May 17, 2012 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lakewood City Hall. The workshop goal is to provide support for neighborhood groups and the broader community to assist in leveraging their efforts to improve their neighborhoods and to make Lakewood an even better place to live, work and play. The workshop will feature keynote speaker Cary Bozeman, who as Mayor of Bremerton and as a councilmember and Mayor of Bellevue was instrumental in planning and implementing changes that led to managed growth and community-based urban centers for both cities.

The workshop is sponsored by Lakewood's Community Safety Resource Team (CSRT), and team leader Lt. Steve Mauer will present on how citizens and community-based groups can effectively work with the City. Lt. Mauer will request feedback from attendees about hot issues in their neighborhoods and what the City can do to help. Booths from City and other community-based groups will open for the first hour of the workshop before the speaking part of the program starts at 6 p.m. with introductory remarks from Mayor Douglas Richardson and City Manager Andrew Neiditz. The booths will provide information on what is going on in Lakewood and how citizens might be able to get involved in Lakewood from groups such as CSRT, Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Public Works and Keep Lakewood Beautiful.

City Manager Andrew Neiditz said "this event gives the City the chance to open its doors to citizens and to talk about how we can continue to connect with the community in a manner that will empower neighborhood and other groups to benefit the community." Light refreshments will be served.