The Empowerment Congress Southwest got a new lease on life in 2016 with the election of the new Board in June. Ten new members joined two seasoned members and together we have completed training and forged a path ahead.
In addition to sponsoring the Veteran Memorial Day Celebration with the Councilman’s Office, the premier event the Empowerment Congress Southwest orchestrated was the Jazz Festival at St. Andrews Park. This lovely community event drew hundreds of people for an afternoon of entertainment and music on July 4th weekend.
The Empowerment Congress Southwest was also focused on community issues and provided an opportunity for stakeholders to hear an update and dialogue with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson at our Town Hall in September.
Our most exciting achievement in 2016 was hearing from and working with stakeholders to install Dog Waste Stations along the walking path of St. Andrews Park. The Waste Stations will enable the park to be cleaner for all to enjoy as they use the park, which is a cornerstone of the community.
Heading into 2017 with a few successes under our belts, the Empowerment Congress Southwest is focused on land use looking to create a #WesternRenaissance by exploring ways to increase street sweeping and a possible Business Improvement District to enhance the community and views towards downtown. The Council also hopes to positively impact future improvements at the Ralphs on Manchester and Western.
The Council is looking to increase civic engagement in all its endeavors and invites you to join a committee and help shape the community. Come to our next meeting on Monday, January 23, 6pm at the Mark Ridley-Thomas Constituent Service Center, 8475 S. Vermont or follow us on Facebook.