Indianapolis - Councillors Nytes, Sanders and Keller sponsored a resolution for Indianapolis to join a growing number of cities across the nation in a partnership to build inclusive communities through committed efforts to increase citizen participation and engagement, while promoting equal opportunity and fairness.
The Partnership for Working Toward Inclusive Communities, is an effort led by the National League of Cities (NLC), which unites city leaders who are working to support such issues as racial justice and inclusionary zoning as well as those who celebrate the diversity of race, religions and cultures. The goal is to build communities that are accepting and representative of the differences among its citizens.
Councillor Jackie Nytes said, "People around the country should know that Indianapolis is a welcoming community. By Indianapolis becoming a member of the Partnership for Working Toward Inclusive Communities a clear message is sent which reaffirms our dedication to the citizens of Marion County and our commitment to build a nation of inclusion."
The resolution for inclusion passed the full Council by at 25-3 bipartisan vote during the June 5, 2006 meeting. Indianapolis is the second city in Indiana to join the Partnership. Bluffton, Indiana was the first in Indiana to join.
As a member of the Partnership, Indianapolis will:
- Raise awareness and focus attention on the importance and value of inclusive communities;
- Motivate other cities and towns to make public commitment to building inclusive communities;
- Provide support to local officials in focused efforts around affordable housing, race and ethnic relations and equal citizen participation in community decision-making;
- Share valuable insights, experiences, and lessons learned among participating cities and towns;
- Recognize, publicize and celebrate the work of those in our City who value an inclusive approach to building our community.
"I am very pleased that we have joined the Partnership, and I am eager for us to begin work to move this effort forward," said Councillor Nytes. "The corporate community, arts community, not-for-profit section and government will all play a critical role in the success of this endeavor. Now it’s time to reaffirm our commitment," she said.
Additional information regarding the Partnership can be obtained at http://www.nlc.org/Issues/Equity___Opportunity/index.cfm.
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