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Columbia Council of Neighborhoods (CCN)
The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods is a volunteer, community-based umbrella organization which coordinates the activities of approximately 90 city neighborhood organizations. While Columbia is socially and economically diverse, all neighborhoods have similar needs. CCN serves as a clearinghouse for information, provides a forum for discussion of neighborhood issues, and fosters the education of neighborhood leadership. CCN committees are actively addressing such quality of life issues as drugs, crime, and toxic waste.
Prior to CCN, residents often experienced difficulty in effectively communicating community needs; local officials unilaterally decided spending priorities. Neighborhoods competed unequally for available funds, despite similar needs.
CCN now provides a link between neighborhood groups and city officials, enhancing the process of identifying neighborhood problems and setting priorities for solutions. The unusual features of CCN are that each group defines its own community boundaries – instead of some government agency imposing a uniform size or shape – and that each group participates voluntarily. These concepts of self definition and participation create a real sense of ownership and empowerment.
Save The Date
MAY 10th – CCN’s 30th Annual Awards & Hall of Fame Ceremony
Inaugural Awards Ceremony and Hall of Fame Induction will be held on SATURDAY, MAY 10TH from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Downtown Columbia Marriott Hotel, Carolina Ballroom, located at 1200 Hampton Street. CCN is excited and honored to announce that Mr. Reggie Lloyd, Director of the State Law Enforcement Division will be the keynote speaker. In addition to awarding our three annual awards – (1) Neighborhood Volunteer of the Year, (2) CCN Friend of the Year, and (3) Award of Special Recognition – we will induct the first class of the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods Hall of Fame.