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"...every place has people who love it. Find them. Bring them together, ask them for their help. Find what is lovable about your place and make it better." (Kageyama 2011, pp.215)
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Creating connected neighborhoods

Check out our interactive portal for a venue to connect with other Fort Collins residents and City staff! Share what you love about your neighborhood and your ideas to make it even better!

Connected neighborhoods benefit the health and safety of their residents. The Neighborhood Connections program works to bring neighbors together within and across neighborhoods, building stronger connections while helping them better understand what City programs exist to support them and how to access them.

Neighborhood Connections does this by providing:

  • No cost education on communication, collaboration, and the basics of neighboring
  • Assistance planning and organizing a neighborhood event or gathering
  • Grant funding to help make your gathering possible
  • City staff present at your gathering upon request

And that's just the beginning.

What is Neighborhood Connections?

A program in two parts, designed to provide Fort Collins residents the resources they need to strengthen their neighborhood.

Core classes are only the start of the program!

Part 1: Core Education

Free education on the subjects listed below and assistance planning and holding an event to bring your neighbors together. Topics include:

  1. The Basics of Neighboring
  2. Mindful neighboring
  3. Healthy, productive dialogues across cultural differences
  4. Communication tools
  5. The art of communication: The path to action
  6. Grants
  7. Neighborhood events/gatherings and overview
Part 2: Continuing Education

Monthly educational classes on a variety of subjects. Look below to see a calendar of topics discussed, and feel free to come to as many as you like. All classes are free of charge and open to the public!

Core Education

These are 9 (no cost) instruction hours held at 3 times over the year. Pick one that works for you! All classes offer free interpretation services upon request and free daycare upon request.

Each core class series will be held at a different location around Fort Collins. Note locations may change due to registration numbers.

  • Winter: 2 full day classes held on Saturday, January 27th and Saturday, February 3rd from 8:30am- 1:30pm with a 1/2 hour lunch break. Classes will be held at Aztlan Center, 112 E Willow Street, Fort Collins, CO 80524, in Eagle Room 3. Childcare will be offered in Monkey Room 3.
  • Spring: Weekly classes every Tuesday afternoon for 6 weeks from 12-1:30pm. Beginning Tuesday April 3rd ending Tuesday May 8th. Classes will be held at 281 North College Ave, Fort Collins, CO, 80521, in Conference Room A-D

Are there different times that work better for you? Please let us know your recommendations! Schedules for upcoming years are flexible!

Follow this link to apply for a Core Education class series.
Want to know more about the Core Education classes? Check out the syllabus.

If you need translation services for the application, please contact Katherine Bailey at a2JhaWxleUBmY2dvdi5jb20=

Continuing Education

Interested in participating but not ready to commit to the Core Education classes? Come to as many Coninuing Education events as you'd like! They are all free and open to the public.

Continuing Education Class Calendar - keep checking back for updates and registration links!
Note this calendar is subject to change.

January

Open House with City staff and community specialists who work in our neighborhoods.

Wednesday, January 10th from 6-8pm at the Community Room of the Old Town Library
Click here to Register

February

Development Review and City Plan. Learn more about how the processes work.

Thursday, February 22nd from 6-8pm at the Eagle Room 1&2 of the Northside Aztlan Center
Click here to Register

March

BFO and grants. Learn about BFO and grants/discount programs available in neighborhoods.

Monday, March 19th from 6-8pm at Beattie Elementary
Click here to Register

April

Housing: Affordability and Equality.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

May

Dialogue across cultural differences 2.0.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

June

A look at City services: FCMoves, Transfort, and Natural Areas.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

July

Adopt-a-__________ Programs.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

August

No class! Happy Summer!

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

September

The benefits of living in a university town.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

October

Maintaining resident interest in neighborhood groups.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

November

A look at City services: Social Sustainability, Recycling, and Utilities.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

December

Neighbors sharing their stories.

Check back for information on date, time, and how to register.

Want To Know About The History Of The Program?

Click here to see how we got here with Neighborhood Connections, including research about other communities around the country and their take on this program!