HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown wants more people to get involved in Neighborhoods 1st, a program that helps residents improve their neighborhoods by working more closely with public officials.
Cindy Blackstock, city community development coordinator, said eight Neighborhoods 1st groups are active in the city and four more are forming. Neighborhoods 1st groups meet once a month at City Hall to network and learn how the local system of government works.
That knowledge makes it easier for group members to work the system to get the resources they need, she said.
In some cases, residents have used the program to obtain playground and landscaping equipment, Blackstock said. In addition, Neighborhoods 1st groups successfully have lobbied the city to post street signs.
"The city is very much interested and invested in our residents," she said. "We are here to serve. Neighborhoods 1st opens the door."