NPU UNIVERSITY2020 COURSE CATALOG
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1ABOUTABOUTWHAT IS AN NPU?The City of Atlanta is divided into 25 Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs), which are resident advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning-related matters. The NPU system was established in 1974 by the late Mayor Maynard Jackson to provide an opportunity for all residents to actively participate in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city’s vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years. Since then, the NPU system has evolved into what it is today – an official avenue for residents to receive updates concerning all functions of City government. Enabling residents to express concerns and provide input helps the City in developing plans that best meet the needs of each neighborhood.DCP MISSIONThe mission of the Department of City Planning is to enable high quality, sustainable and equitable growth and development of Atlanta by facilitating more options for travel, abundant housing for all people, thriving neighborhoods, exceptional design in architecture and public spaces, preservation of historic resources, innovative regulatory practices, safe and durable buildings, attentive customer service and public engagement in all of our work.ABOUT
2ABOUTEstablished in 2019, NPU University is a community engagement initiative that advances the Department of City Planning’s mission to facilitate thriving neighborhoods and public engagement in all of our work. NPU-U aims to increase and strengthen the voices and skills of Atlantans by educating, empowering and equipping them to serve as effective community leaders. NPU-U will provide the training residents need to make valuable contributions at civic decision-making tables and produce more equitable strategies for neighborhoods.Through hands-on training and instruction from subject matter experts, thought leaders, and City of Atlanta staff, NPU-U helps explore best practices and solutions to challenges neighborhoods face. Courses emphasize community building principles and strategies, project planning, access to resources, organizational leadership and personal leadership skills.University participants may be NPU leaders, neighborhood association or civic group officers, resident volunteers, community-based organization staff, business owners, local government staff, or any other aspiring community leaders, partners or stakeholders. Whether participants have never attended a community meeting or have never missed one, what students have in common is that they care about their neighborhoods and want to actively participate in building and shaping their communities and empowering others to do so. NPU UNIVERSITY
3WHAT TO EXPECTABOUTFounded in 2019 as an effort to expand community engagement through education, orientation, training and discussions that exchange ideas, explore best practices and apply tools and principles, NPU University participants will learn: • Community building principles and strategies • Personal leadership skills • Project planning and implementation tools • Organizational leadership and management practicesNPU University provides hands-on training emphasizing:Educational Workshops on policies, new research and innovation that promote equitable neighborhood development (housing, transportation, zoning and economic development).Tactical Trainings on communication, meeting facilitation and commmunity leadership for newly elected Chairpersons and officers.Positional Power Trainings for NPU officers, commissions and committees via the University of Georgia’s Community Leadership Institute.Collaborative Learning through dialogue, discussion, and presentations among constituents and subject matter experts.Mentoring and Networking with other civic leaders and peers.
5FIND YOUR NPUNeighborhood NPUAdair Park VAdams Park RAdamsville HAlmond Park GAmal Heights YAnsley Park EArden/Habersham CArdmore EArgonne Forest CArlington Estates PAshley Courts PAshview Heights TAtkins Park FAtlanta Industrial ParkGAtlanta University CenterTAtlantic Station EAudubon Forest IAudubon Forest WestIBaker Hills HEvery neighborhood is represented by a neighborhood planning unit. Search for your neighborhood within the tables to ﬁnd your NPU. You can also ﬁnd your NPU in the map on page 4.
6Neighborhood NPUBakers Ferry HBankhead KBankhead Courts HBankhead/Bolton HBeecher Hills IBen Hill PBen Hill Acres PBen Hill Forest PBen Hill Pines PBen Hill Terrace PBenteen Park WBerkeley Park DBetmar LaVilla YBlair Villa/Poole CreekZBlandtown DBolton DBolton Hills GBoulder Park HBoulevard Heights WBrandon CBrentwood PBriar Glen PBrookhaven BBrookview Heights GNeighborhood NPUBrookwood EBrookwood Hills EBrowns Mill Park ZBuckhead Forest BBuckhead Village BBush Mountain SButner/Tell PCabbagetown NCampbellton Road RCandler Park NCapitol Gateway VCapitol View XCapitol View ManorXCarey Park GCarroll Heights HCarver Hills GCascade Avenue/RoadSCascade Green PCascade Heights ICastleberry Hill MCastlewood CCenter Hill JChalet Woods IFIND YOUR NPU
7Neighborhood NPUFairburn PFairburn Heights HFairburn Road/Wisteria LaneHFairburn Tell PFairburn Mays HFairway Acres PFernleaf CFlorida Heights IFort McPherson SFort Valley RGarden Hills BGeorgia Tech EGlenrose Heights ZGrant Park WGreen Acres Valley IGreen Forest Acres IGreenbriar RGreenbriar Village PGrove Park JHammond Park XHanover West CHarland Terrace IHarris Chiles TNeighborhood NPUChanning Valley CChastain Park AChattahoochee GChosewood Park YCollier Heights ICollier Hills CCollier Hills North CColonial Homes CCross Creek CCuster/McDonoughWDeerwood PDixie Hills JDowntown MDruid Hills NEast Ardley Road IEast Atlanta WEast Chastain Park BEast Lake OEdgewood OElmco Estates PEnglewood Manor YEnglish Avenue LEnglish Park GFIND YOUR NPU
8Neighborhood NPUHarvel Homes CommunityJHeritage Valley PHigh Point YHills Park DHome Park EHorseshoe CommunityIHunter Hills KHuntington PInman Park NIvan Hill IJoyland YJust Us TKings Forest PKingswood AKirkwood OKnight Park/Howell StationKLake Clair NLake Estates PLakewood ZLakewood Heights YLaurens Valley RLeila Valley ZNeighborhood NPULenox BLincoln Homes GLindbergh/MorosgoBLindridge/Martin ManorFLoring Heights EMagnum Manor IMargaret Mitchell AMarietta Street ArteryEMays HMeadowbrook ForestPMechanicsville VMellwood PMemorial Park CMidtown EMidwest Cascade QMonroe Heights GMorningside/Lenox ParkFMozley Park KMt. Gilead Woods PMt. Paran Parkway AMt. Paran/NorthsideANiskey Cove PFIND YOUR NPU
9Neighborhood NPUPiedmont Heights FPine Hills BPittsburgh VPleasant Hill APolar Rock ZPoncey-Highland NPrinceton Lakes PRandall Mill ARebel Valley Forest ZRegency Trace QReynoldstown NRidgecrest Forest HRidgedale Park BRidgewood HeightsCRiverside DRockdale GRosedale Heights ZRosalie H. Wright Community CouncilIRue Royal PSandlewood EstatesPScotts Crossing GSherwood Forest ENeighborhood NPUNiskey Lake PNorth Buckhead BNorwood Manor ZOakcli HOakland WOakland City SOld Fairburn VillagePOld Fourth Ward MOld Gordon HOrchard Knob ZOrmewood Park WPaces APamond Park RPeachtree Battle AllianceCPeachtree Heights EastBPeachtree Heights WestBPeachtree Hills BPeachtree Park BPenelope NeighborsJPeoplestown VPerkerson XPeyton Forest IFIND YOUR NPU
10Neighborhood NPUSouth Atlanta YSouth River GardensZSouth Tuxedo Park BSouthwest RSpringlake CState Facility WSummerhill VSwallow Circle/BaywoodZSweet Auburn MSylvan Hills XTampa Park PThe Villages at CarverYThe Villages at Castleberry HillTThe Villages at East LakeOThomasville HeightsZTuxedo Park AUnderwood Hills DVenetian Hills SVine City LVirginia Highland FWashington Park KWesley Battle CNeighborhood NPUWestmont Estates SWest End TWest Highlands GWest Lake JWest Manor IWest Paces Ferry/NorthsideAWesthaven IWestminster/Milar CWestover PlantationCWestview TWestwood Terrace IWhitewater Creek AWhittier Mill VillageDWildwood CWildwood HWildwood Forest PWilson Mill MeadowsHWisteria Gardens HWoodﬁeld CWoodland Hills WWyngate CFIND YOUR NPU
12COURSESCOURSESThis full-day course is required for all elected Chairs and optional for all elected Vice Chairs. The course is designed to train and refresh new and returning NPU Chairs on eective leadership of a neighborhood planning unit, including responsibilities under the Code of Ordinances, meeting facilitation, verbal and written communication, diversity and community engagement, and voting procedures. The course will provide Chairs with updated information on new processes and procedural matters such as agenda drafting, ethics, communications and reporting. The course will conclude with collaborative discussion between Chairs on best practices.6 Hours FebNP 1001 Chairperson’s Training and OrientationThis course is required for all elected secretaries and optional for all other elected ocers. The course will provide an overview of the relationship between the City of Atlanta and the individual NPU. Participants will review the documentation required to formalize the NPU’s ocial recommendation to the City of Atlanta. New and returning ocers will receive tips for accurate record keeping and accounting, as well as an introduction to ethics, open records and open meetings. 3 Hours FebNP 1002 Elected Ocers OrientationParliamentary procedure is the code of rules and ethics for neighborhood organizations, city councils and other deliberative bodies to transact business fairly, eciently, orderly, and expeditiously. Conducted by a registered parliamentarian, this course is designed for community leaders new to using parliamentary procedure, or who would beneﬁt from a refresher on the fundamental concepts of eective and fair meeting procedure. The basic tenets of Robert’s Rules of Order are taught to arm presiding ocials with the tools necessary to run successful and productive gatherings. 3 Hours Feb/JulNP 1003 Parliamentary ProceduresSeats Available: 40 Seats Available: 40 Seats Available: 50
13This beginner-level course is designed to make zoning terms and concepts easier for ordinary residents to understand. Upon completion of the course, attendees will understand what zoning is, what speciﬁc zoning types are, how to ﬁnd the zoning for any property, and why zoning is important. The course will explain the City of Atlanta’s zoning review processes and the life cycle of a zoning application. Upon completion of the course, community leaders will be equipped with the information they need to explain zoning-related voting items on their meeting agendas.3 Hours Mar NP 1004.001 Zoning Fundamentals IThis course will examine how zoning shapes neighborhoods and is used as a tool to support orderly and strategic growth and development for corridors, neighborhoods and cities. This course includes activities designed to give students an opportunity to apply zoning concepts to corridors and neighborhoods in Atlanta. 3 Hours Mar NP 1004.002 Zoning Fundamentals II Seats Available: 30 Seats Available: 30 This course is designed to walk residents, the business community, and applicants through the entire process of special events permits and alcohol licenses, from application to approval. Attendees will learn the criteria the City of Atlanta uses to grant permits and licenses, and what questions residents should ask of applicants who present at NPU meetings. 2 Hours MarNP 1005 Permitting ProcessSeats Available: 30 This course will equip students with an understanding of the legislative process in the City of Atlanta. Attendees will gain an in-depth knowledge of how legislation is written, debated and voted upon, and how they can engage and participate in citywide decision making.3 Hours JunNP 1006 The Legislative ProcessSeats Available: 30 COURSES
14COURSES15 Hours Spring/Fall 6 Hours Apr-Oct30 Hours Mar/Sept This six-week certiﬁcate course series is a collaboration between the City of Atlanta and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government, designed for Atlanta residents who want to strengthen their leadership and problem-solving skills as board members, community/neighborhood leaders or civic leaders. The course covers such topics as conﬂict management, ethics, public speaking, citizen engagement, consensus-building, and problem-solving. NP 1007 Community Leadership Institute*Seats Available: 25 This series of classes provides a basic overview of neighborhood planning concepts. Participants will gain an understanding of how great neighborhoods are made. The course includes discussion on such topics as economic development, sustainability, neighborhood revitalization, housing innovation, zoning, building permits, design/architecture, historic preservation, community engagement, mobility and transit. It also oers an ongoing lecture series available to the public in which thought leaders from around the City will discuss topics in neighborhood planning and the Atlanta City Design. Classes include: • Atlanta Community Engagement Playbook• Atlanta City Design • Mobility Planning: Micromobility 101NP 1008 Neighborhood Planning Series* Seats Available: 25 This ﬁve-session academy educates participants on how to ﬁght blight in their communities by identifying, reporting and tracking code violations, such as abandoned, blighted properties, illegal dumping, overgrown lots and trash in the right-of-way. The course is oered by the City of Atlanta Code Enforcement Commission and includes instruction from each city department that has a role in code enforcement, including Atlanta Police Department’s Code Enforcement Division and the Municipal Court. NP 1009 Code Enforcement Academy*Seats Available: 60 *Courses NP 1007, NP 1008, NP 1009, NP 1010 and NP 1011 are most eective when participants represent varied perspectives. These classes may not register applicants on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis, and may require a separate application to ensure the cohort is diverse.
15This week-long academy for rising high school juniors and seniors explores the importance of getting young adults engaged in political, economic, and social conversations and empowers them to become agents of change in their local communities. The course will set in motion the formation of civic engagement habits to equip young people with the necessary skills for participation in community leadership, neighborhood empowerment, the legislative process, public engagement, and their individual responsibility to their community. 40 Hours JunNP 1010 Civic Responsibility and Engagement for Young Adults*Seats Available: 20The ﬁrst half of this course, designed speciﬁcally for NPU leaders and NPU Bylaws Committee members, will give students an overview of what the Code of Ordinances requires for NPU bylaws, how to prepare bylaws that reﬂect the character of the NPU, and how to ensure integrity, transparency and community engagement in the amendment and voting process. The second half of the course will allow participants to review and discuss proposed amendments to their bylaws. 3 Hours JulyNP 1012 Bylaws ClinicSeats Available: 30 *Courses NP 1007, NP 1008, NP 1009, NP 1010 and NP 1011 are most eective when participants represent varied perspectives. These classes may not register applicants on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst served basis, and may require a separate application to ensure the cohort is diverse. 2 Hours AprCOURSESThis course covers the fundamentals of gentriﬁcation and displacement, and introduces homeowners to the tools and resources available to help them protect their assets. Learn from real estate professionals, attorneys, and personal ﬁnance experts, and secure your path to legacy residency. NP 1011 Housing Security Series* Seats Available: 40
16COURSESElections processes vary widely across neighborhood planning units and other neighborhood organizations. An eective election process attracts strong leaders, ensures integrity and maintains the trust of the community. This course is designed to prepare participants for NPU elections by exploring best practices for conducting a fair, clean and transparent election process. NPU leaders, election committee members and lay members will learn how to conduct elections openly and objectively and will learn the necessary steps to avoid common mistakes and protect their NPUs against elections challenges and voter disenfranchisement. 2 Hours AugNP 1013 Election Integrity ClinicSeats Available: 30 In this introductory course, participants will learn about programs oered by the City of Atlanta’s economic development agency. Instructors will provide an overview of the grants, loans, support and other incentives available to homebuyers, small business owners, and developers, and will gain an understanding of tax allocation districts (TADs), opportunity zones, and urban enterprise zones. Students will learn how Invest Atlanta’s tools can be used to increase economic prosperity for all Atlantans, revitalize neighborhoods and build vibrant, equitable communities. 2 Hours Apr NP 1014 Introduction to Invest AtlantaSeats Available: 50This course oers participants an overview of WorkSource Atlanta and the programs available to employers and career seekers. Designed for individual job seekers and community leaders who are interested in creating and implementing strategies to increase employment in distressed neighborhoods, the course will explore high demand occupations and industries, and discuss educational and career paths for budding professionals and tradespeople, and speciﬁc opportunities available to those seeking new or enhanced careers. 2 Hours May NP 1015 Workforce DevelopmentSeats Available: 50
17COURSESThis course explores grants, support and other resources available to neighborhood organizations. 3 Hours Aug2 Hours Spring/Fall NP 1016 Funding Resources for NeighborhoodsSeats Available: 80 Mobile workshops give participants an opportunity to see how neighborhoods address issues, opportunities or concerns. NP 1017 Mobile WorkshopsSeats Available: 20
19FAQFAQFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSHow can I ﬁnd out exactly when a class will be held?We open registration for courses and announce the date, time and location approximately 45 days prior to the course. For the most up-to-date information on course schedules and other important dates, or to sign up for electronic updates about a speciﬁc course, visit our website at npuatlanta.org/npu-university or call 404.330.6070.How do I register for classes?You can register online, by phone, or by mail. To register online, visit npuatlanta.org/npu-university. To register by phone, call the Registrar at 404.330.6070. To register by mail, complete the interest form in this Course Catalog and mail it to NPU University, Atlanta City Hall, 55 Trinity Avenue SW, Suite 1450, Atlanta, GA 30303.Do I have to be an active NPU member to enroll in NPU-U? No. Whether you’ve never attended an NPU meeting or you’ve never missed an NPU meeting, you can enroll in NPU-U. Do I have to be an Atlanta resident to enroll in NPU-U? If you live, own property, or operate a business in Atlanta, you are eligible to enroll in NPU-U. What are the costs and fees? There are no costs or fees associated with NPU-U. All classes are free. Is there a limit to how many courses I can register for? We encourage you to take as many classes as you’d like. Since space is limited for most classes, we ask that you only register for those classes you can commit to and are certain you will attend. Are these courses only oered in English? Certain classes may be oered in Spanish or ASL, if there are enough participants. I registered before the deadline, but got a message saying the class is full. What now? Most of our classes are oered on a ﬁrst-come, ﬁrst-served basis. Students who register after the course capacity is reached will be added to a wait list and registered as space becomes available.
20FAQFREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSI registered for a class, but I can’t attend. Can I transfer my registration to a neighbor or relative? If you are unable to attend a class you registered for, please let us know as soon as possible. Registration is not transferable. Students who drop two classes will be unable to register for additional courses in the same calendar year. I’ve already been through a Chairs/Elected Ocers Orientation. Do I have to attend another one? Yes. The Department of City Planning requires that NPU ocers are trained each year in ethics, the Code of Ordinances, communication, conﬂict resolution, and any new policies that aect NPUs. I would like to volunteer to provide instruction or classroom support. Do you need volunteers? Yes! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to oer one of these classes in my community, just for the people in my neighborhood/NPU. Do you oer classes for private registration? We aren’t able to oer courses for private registration for the 2020 calendar year, but we hope to be able to in the future. If you’d like to register a group of up to 10 people, please give us a call at 404-330-6070. We will do our best to accommodate. The class I want to take is only oered during the week and I work. Will these classes ever be oered on Saturdays? Our classes schedules are based on instructors’ schedules, venue availability and other factors. We do oer evening and weekend classes in an eort to make community leadership education accessible for all schedules and hope to be able to expand the schedule in the future. I would like to register for a class, but I don’t want to drive downtown. We make every eort to secure locations for our courses that are conveniently located all around the city, and within a 10-minute walk of a MARTA station. Some courses are hosted by partner organizations that may not be close to public transit. If you’d like to be matched with a nearby classmate who is interested in carpooling, please let us know. Disclaimer: This publication is not a contract. NPU University reserves the right to review and amend the content of the Catalog with respect to course oerings, enrollment capacity, hours, services provided and other subjects addressed in the publication. Every eort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication.FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
21DEPARTMENT STAFFTim KeaneCommissionerJanide SidifallDeputy CommissionerLeah LaRueAssistant DirectorNeighborhood Planning UnitsSamantha-Nicole TerryNPU Program ManagerMarquise “Tony” McNealNeighborhood Engagement PlannerLauren KirkNPU Project CoordinatorDaniel VasquezNPU Program CoordinatorNeighborhood Planning UnitsDepartment of City PlanningAtlanta City Hall55 Trinity Avenue SW, Suite 1450Atlanta, Georgia email@example.comDEPARTMENT STAFF
NameAddressPhoneEmailNPUBusinessResidentCheck mark the course(s) you are interested in:NP 1001NP 1002NP 1003NP 1004.1NP 1004.2NP 1005NP 1006NP 1007NP 1008NP 1009NP 1010NP 1011NP 1012NP 1013NP 1014NP 1015NP 1016NP 1017If you are interested in registering for any of our courses, but cannot register online, please complete this form and mail it to the address below. The Registrar will contact you with more information. TO SUBMIT THIS FORM Send to the Registrar at: Mail: 55 Trinity Ave SW, Suite 1450, Atlanta, GA 30303Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgText: 404-977-8143Fax: 404-546-9498COURSE INTEREST FORMDESIGNATIONCOURSES
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