The Neighborhoods 1st program creates a venue for neighborhood based citizen groups to engage and collaborate with local government in community-building and placemaking. This network of neighborhood groups works in partnership with the City of Hagerstown to plan and implement neighborhood events and projects which contribute to the livability and sustainability of their unique communities.
Why? Meet your Neighbors. Groups create a place to build meaningful relationships and make new friends.
Ownership. The key to a great neighborhood is establishing an attitude of ownership. As neighbors work together, a bond of ownership and pride is created.
Be heard. Communicate with the City so staff and police know how to best serve your neighborhood.
Funding. The City realizes that kickstarting neighborhood projects takes start-up funding. Every year the City budgets $1,000 for each Neighborhoods 1st Group to be used for community-building and neighborhood improvement projects.
Get Connected. Find a group near you. There is a strong network of existing groups throughout the City. Check out the map and group information to get connect to a group near you.
Take the lead. Can’t find a group in your area? Consider starting one. Contact City staff by calling 301-739-8577 x 111 or by e-mailing DCED@hagerstownmd.org to learn more about the exciting opportunities available to groups.