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Passing the Mic: West Grand Neighborhood Organization answers, "Beyond 2040, where do we see neighborhood associations?"

Annette Vandenberg from West Grand Neighborhood Organization responds to East Hills Council of Neighbors' Maggi Rivera.

West Grand Neighborhood Organization

WGNO serves its community by producing programs that enable residents and businesses to coexist in a healthy and vital neighborhood for all.

WGNO is the second-largest neighborhood organization in Grand Rapids. Its boundaries include the city limits to the north, Grand River to the east, Bridge St. to the south, and Bristol St. to the west. Two neighborhood business districts reside in its boundaries – West Leonard and Stockbridge.

Maggi Rivera, Executive Director at East Hills Council of Neighbors, asks Grand Rapids' neighborhood associations:

  • "Since the city is doing their Master Plan for the next twenty years . . . beyond 2040, where do we see neighborhood associations? What do we see in them?"

Annette Vandenberg, Executive Director at West Grand Neighborhood Organization, responds, and passes a question on to other neighborhood associations in the city:

  • "The one thing that we're working on right now is how we as neighborhood associations can be the bridge to help bring the community together and the police department together. I'd be curious to know what they think would help facilitate that relationship-building?"


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