The Neighborhood Association Coalition (NAC) was established as an umbrella organization of Neighborhood Associations. The Mission Statement was drafted and finalized in November 1999 and is as follows:
“It is the Mission of the Neighborhood Association Coalition to encourage the City to provide services that are on a neighborhood level and are responsive to the needs and concerns of neighborhoods as articulated by the various Neighborhood Associations. The Coalition will network, share ideas and strategies, and advocate for stronger neighborhoods throughout Lakeland.”
Registered Neighborhood Associations are required to have a representative at NAC meetings. The NAC consists of Presidents and key members of Registered Neighborhood Associations as well as a staff member from Neighborhood Outreach Office. The NAC functions as an independent entity whose purpose is to:
The Bylaws contain the rules that outline the structure of the NAC and essentials of how it functions.
Any voting member may propose, in writing, an amendment, or a change to the Bylaws. Any proposed amendment(s) must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of voting members presents at the next general meeting.
The Coalition meets quarterly during the year on the first Thursday of February, May, August and November at 6 pm in the City Commission Conference Room, Third Floor, City Hall. The neighborhood concerns are discussed and new ideas are explored at these quarterly meetings. Current activities and projects involving the neighborhoods and the City of Lakeland are reviewed. Problem solving and consensus building are a consistent focus of these meetings.