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A landscape beautification project at the Thelma Boltin Center (516 NE Second Ave.) was completed in late January by Project YouthBuild AmeriCorps YouthBuilders. The 37 youth worked tirelessly trimming back and removing trees, disposing of old mulch and debris from existing foliage and power-washing outdoor areas, giving the center a fresh, clean look.

In 2009, Institute For Workforce Innovation (IWI) launched Alachua YouthBuild AmeriCorps in Gainesville through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project’s objective is to improve the lives of young people within the local community.

"Project YouthBuild's goal is to make a continuous positive impact within our community; we are delighted to partner with the city. Our students learn so much about their neighborhood as we work alongside residents and staff," said Carrie Tam, chief operating officer for IWI.

The students ranged in age from 16- to 24-years-old. Coming from low-income households and not having a high school diploma, the IWI youth are looking for opportunities to learn, engage, and transform their lives. The transformation is accomplished through an intensive, nine-month program where students study for their high school diploma, build and rehabilitate low-income housing, earn a nationally-recognized construction certification and develop leadership, life and employability skills.

This volunteer project is a part of a new partnership between the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and IWI. Jonathan Leslie, executive director for IWI and LaShundra Coley’Hale, interim volunteer coordinator for PRCA, brokered the partnership to send a group of students to provide volunteer services to PRCA once a week for the duration of the program. These service activities help participants apply skills learned in the Project YouthBuild curriculum to a real life experience.

Images from the workday at the Thelma Boltin Center may be viewed online at
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As part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department Nature Operation’s routine land management practices, a prescribed burn is scheduled for today (Tuesday, Feb. 14), weather and site conditions permitting, at Morningside Nature Center, 3540 E. University Ave., beginning at 10AM and ending before 5PM. The Morningside Nature Center and Living History Farm will be closed to visitors during the burn. This is an ecological fuel reduction burn, which will be conducted with support from the Florida Forest Service. For additional information please call the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department at 352-393-8185.

Residents or students interested in a crash course on local government and city planning and management need look no further than the City of Gainesville itself. Gainesville 101: the 2017 Citizens' Academy is a seven-week program organized by the City of Gainesville Communications Office, and is designed to teach city residents about the inner workings of local government and city management.

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The City of Gainesville is seeking applicants for the newly-created Citizen Committee for Implementing the Strategic Framework. Committee members will assess and prioritize the community’s “big ideas” by using the following guiding questions:

  • How might we support a strong economy?
  • How might we foster greater equity?
  • How might we plan for a better future?
  • How might we be a community model?
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The City of Gainesville is pleased to announce the 2017 State of the City Address will be delivered Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. in the Hall of Heroes at the Gainesville Police Department, which is located at 545 NW Eighth Ave. in Gainesville. The Honorable Mayor Lauren Poe will deliver the annual State of the City Address, which will feature highlights from 2016 and lay out the vision for the continued success of Gainesville as it transforms into a new American city. Additional remarks by City Manager Anthony Lyons, General Manager for Utilities Ed Bielarski, UF President Dr. W. Kent Fuchs and UF Senior Vice President Dr. Charlie Lane will accompany the address.

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City of Gainesville officials anticipate that severe weather conditions, including temperatures below 45 degrees Fahrenheit during evening hours, will occur Thursday, Feb. 9. The anticipated temperatures will lead to the activation of the city's Cold Night Shelter (CNS) Program, and it is expected to remain in effect until overnight low temperatures rise above 45 F. The CNS program normally runs from Nov. 1 through March 31.

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) offers three fun options for team sports this spring: basketball, volleyball and softball. Gather together your coworkers and friends (age 18 years and older) for a season of comradery and fitness!

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The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) is pleased to announce that Facilities Coordinator Erica Chatman has received the Planner of the Year Award from the central Florida chapter of the Society for Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP).

Chatman has been a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) since 2013, and is the first PRCA employee to achieve this certification. The CMP designation is recognized globally in 55 countries as the badge of excellence in the meeting, convention, exhibition and event industry.

The Society for Government Meeting Professionals was founded in 1981, and is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to government meetings. Their mission is to enhance and promote the expertise of government meeting professionals and to improve the quality of, and promote the cost-effectiveness of, government meetings.

The membership of the central Florida chapter is comprised of city, county, state and federal meeting p
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