Tacomans are famous, or perhaps notorious, for their activism, and their wonkiness.
They demand that attention be paid to neighborhood concerns, from gangs to traffic to crime to air quality.
They have learned how to get that attention in part thanks to (occasionally bitter) experience, and to an eight-year collaboration between the city’s Neighborhood Council Office and University of Washington-Tacoma’s Urban Studies Program.
The two offer the Government Leadership Institute free to all comers on Mondays from January 30 through March 5. Each of the five sessions runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the UWT campus, Keystone Building Auditorium, 1900 Commerce St. No registration is required.
The aim is to get residents and students sharing their perspectives on how the city operates with other local governments and agencies.
Here’s the schedule:
* Jan. 30: Intergovernmental Cooperation and Coordination
* Feb. 6: Urban Economic Development
* Feb. 13: The Port and the City
* Feb. 27: Urban Governance and Citizen Participation
* March 5: Urban Power and Decision-Making
For more information, visit the Neighborhood Councils’ web site.