Neighborhood Leadership Academy

Brought to you by the Engage Cincy Action Team (ECAT) and the City of Cincinnati, the Neighborhood Leadership Academy was an eight-week program designed to inform residents about how local government functions, thus equipping participants with the knowledge necessary to serve as material resources for their neighbors. The program started Jan. 14, 2020 and was free and available to all resident of Cincinnati residents and the City received an overwhelming response with the class capped at 80 participants. Each week leadership from City departments covered a prompted theme. Here is an outline of the program with downloadable content and links for all to enjoy!

Learn about the type of government that is the City of Cincinnati and how you can engage in its structure through the Mayor, City Council, Community Councils, Boards and Commissions, and other avenues. We will also cover deference’s between the City and the County, where you can find out how to navigate the City’s Municipal Code and present an overview for the Neighborhood Leadership Academy series, such as general expectations and opportunities of the nine-week series.

Week One Power Point

Know Your Government Booklet

Cincinnati City Council Contact List

Learn about the City’s budget development process and about what resources are available for communities to improve their neighborhoods, such as but not limited to: Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Clean and Safe Grants, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Money and Urban Agriculture Grants.

Week Two Power Point

Urban Agriculture and Safe & Clean grant opportunities: 

Videos with detailed information on TIFs:  

Learn how you can engage with the City online and through mobile devices, from fixing a pothole or paying to park your car to applying for a permit. See first-hand how the City collects, uses and presents data to help communities.

Week Three Power Point

Learn how City infrastructure is maintained, from streets, bridges, and hillsides to water-mains, sewer system and City e­fforts toward greener technology. Learn the differences between the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Stormwater Management Utility and Metropolitan Sewer District’s Sewer Back-Up Program. 

Week Four Power Point

Community Budget Request FAQ

DOTE - contact sheet: 

GCWW - Lead Line Replacement Program info: 

MSD - Sewer Back Up Program Info:  

OES - Green Cincinnati Plan: 

Learn how various development processes work and where community members have opportunities to engage. We will cover what activates City involvement in a development project, from zone changes to tax abatement or sale of City-owned properties.

Week Five Power Point

Engaging in the Development Process Brochure

Learn about the roles of City Planning and the City Planning Commission in guiding land use and zoning. Discussions about the neighborhood planning process will occur, in addition to feedback from City Planning sta­ff and neighborhood leaders about how their neighborhood plans were developed and used. Hear from City Planning staff­ and neighborhood leaders about how their neighborhood plans were developed and used.

Week Six Power Point

Where to find contact info for Community Councils

Community Councils 

City Planning & Neighborhood Plans

Vision Zero & Pedestrian Safety

Learn about property maintenance and code enforcement. We will cover common code violations, zoning code, building code, and how the City is activated and responds; and what resources are available to help property owners in need of assistance.

Week Seven Power Point

Property Management Code Enforcement Handout

Environmental Health Brochure

Financial Resources List

To look up code violations in your neighborhood, click here

To file a complaint and for more info on the City's online CSR, mobile app, and 591-6000 hotline, click here

Learn how the City’s Emergency Communications Sta­ and First Responders operate across their various units; in addition, but not limited to, Community Problem-Oriented Policing (CPOP), Community Policing, Place Based Investigations of Violent O­ender Territories (PIVOT), Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) and Community Outreach Programs.

Week Eight Power Point