NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced the return of her Leadership Development Training series, a slate of workshops and seminars designed to hone the expertise of Community Board members and other Borough President appointees on important local government functions.
“Community Boards are made up of dedicated, civic-minded volunteers who should have every tool at their disposal to solve problems in their community and responsibly plan for the future of their neighborhoods,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “These trainings focus on how government works and how we can improve it, and I invite other engaged Manhattanites to attend sessions that interest them as well.”
The series of trainings and seminars is intended for Community Board members and members of other appointed bodies like Manhattan’s Solid Waste Advisory Board and community facility advisory boards. The sessions are open to all and cover a range of subjects relevant to Community Board service and general civic participation.
This year’s set of trainings will include:
- Conflicts of Interest and the Freedom of Information Law (Jan. 28, Feb. 7)
- Land Use and Zoning 101 (Jan. 31, Feb. 25)
- The NYC Budget Process and the Role of Community Boards (Jan. 30, Feb. 14)
- Parliamentary Procedures 101 (Feb. 5, Feb. 21)
- Unlocking Open Data for Community Boards (Feb. 13, Feb. 28)
- Landmarks and the Role of Community Boards (Feb. 19)
- Advanced Land Use and Zoning (Feb. 26)
- Transportation Planning for Community Boards (Feb. 27)
The Open Data trainings will feature a how-to demonstration of several tools developed by the Borough President’s office and BetaNYC to help Community Boards access, analyze, and map data collected by the city. Examples include BoardStat, an easy-to-use query tool to drill down into 311 service request data, and TenantsMap and SLAM (State Liquor Authority Mapper), which explore trends in health, safety, and quality of life.
Each training will take place at the Manhattan Borough President’s office, 1 Centre Street (19th Floor South), from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All New Yorkers can register online for any of the trainings here.