Mayor Ed Murray is planning to host a Seattle Neighborhood Summit to improve how the city works with neighborhoods and community leaders. The summit is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Seattle Center’s Pavilion Room.
“Seattle’s unique neighborhoods are what make this city special,” says Murray. “I want to build strong relationships with the leaders of these neighborhoods and community members and keep an open dialogue as well as build an administration where no one has to ask for a space at the table.”
In January, representatives from different neighborhoods along with members of the Mayor’s staff gathered in the Central District to talk about what they would like to accomplish during the summit. At the meeting attendees called for commitment, action and ongoing conversation. Mayor Murray confirmed that these themes will be used to drive the summit’s discussions.
Summit organizers say that this is the first step in what they hope to be an ongoing relationship aimed at rebuilding the trust between the City and neighborhoods. In addition to hosting the summit, they plan to use social media and technology so all Seattleites can still participate even if they can’t make the event.
“I see an opportunity to improve how the city works with neighborhood and community leaders on issues from planning to the prioritization of city investments. This is why I am holding a summit, so we can talk — honestly and openly,” says Murray.