• Neighborhood Enhancement Program

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    Residents and staff chat on a Neighborhood Walk in 2018.

    Newport NEP now in project submission phase through March 3

    Newport residents - please let us know how you'd like to spend your $282,000 in allocated NEP funds.

    Two easy ways to submit:
    1. Return the postage paid NEP Project Idea Request Form that each Newport area household received in the mail in mid-January
    2. Online - using the Project Idea Requests link found on the left column of this webpage.

    There is no limit on the number of project ideas that you can submit, but all ideas must be postmarked or submitted by Thursday, March 3, 2022.

    Hear what your neighbors have to say about NEP and learn about the process from this informational video: What is NEP?

    The Neighborhood Enhancement Program empowers residents to propose and select modest, city-funded capital projects to enhance their neighborhoods. The program rotates through the city's 16 NEP neighborhood areas over the course of seven years, serving two areas each year. The $5 million program allocation is distributed among each of the neighborhood areas, according to the number of households in each area.

    The Sequence

    When NEP comes to your neighborhood area, it follows a sequence that includes the following steps.

    1. Solicitation: Residents submit project ideas (mail, website or kick-off meeting).
    2. Scoping: Staff review project ideas using screening criteria and generate ballot projects.
    3. Preview: Residents review ballot projects at public open house.
    4. Voting: Households in the neighborhood area receive ballots in the mail to vote for three projects of their choice.
    5. Implementation: The city implements projects that receive the most votes within five years.
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