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Engaging Neighborhoods through Community Events

If your community has become one of those sleepy little towns you’ve read about with little to no interaction between residents, it might be time to ignite passion in your neighborhood by engaging residents in community activities.

Your community is not the first to suffer from a case of the small town blues. To revitalize a community, residents and businesses must actively engage in planned events and work hard to turn inactivity into energetic synergy.But, where do communities begin?

Start by determining the cause of your community’s apathy. Is there a lack of leadership willing to initiate activities or are the do’ers burnt out? Is your community floundering due to a changing economy, lack of educational opportunities and limited employment options?

Whatever the challenges, every community has concerns and hobbies they share in common.Raising families, caring for aging relatives, cooking, gardening, decorating, caring for pets and earning and saving money are interests neighbors commonly share.Finding a way to cash in on shared interests can be the catalyst for change in your neighborhood.

Take the lead and develop a community events group with the goal of energizing and uniting your community.Encourage members to believe in their ability to develop plans and make changes.To retain time-challenged members, make it convenient to corroborate on projects online as well as in person and show appreciation for their efforts.

Communities hard hit by economic changes and job loss may be encouraged to interact by focusing on events where residents earn supplemental income, develop skills, market their talents and connect with community resources.Look to other communities’ successes and ideas for linking neighbor-to-neighbor by hosting fun and entertaining community events.
Ice cream socials are a fun way to meet your neighbors while raising funds for local causes such as veteran housing, local food banks, school supplies, home-delivered meals for shut-ins and community improvement funds.Offer simple yard games with prizes, neighborhood clowns, colorful signage, bottled water, lemonade, balloons, t-shirts and, of course, ice cream with all the toppings to attract support for your local cause.

Hosted community swap nights teach neighbors to support each other locally by gathering to buy, sell, swap and barter for needed goods and services while decluttering their homes.Ideas for swap items include furniture, car parts, appliances, household goods, elder care services, pet grooming, ride-share opportunities, music CDs and DVDs, toys, clothing, sporting goods, tools and more.

Annual pumpkin carving contests offer crafters, local businesses and community centers a venue for earning extra income while celebrating the talents of local youngsters and adults alike.Age categories might include seniors to toddlers with residents voting by ballot for their favorite carvings in each age group. Prizes for the best pumpkin are announced with pumpkins and winner’s names put on the community display.

Pet owners love their dogs.Celebrate the love in your neighborhood by hosting an event similar to Nashville’s Dog Day Festival. The festival includes a 5K run or walks complete with puppy parades, portraits, pet adoptions, Fido-related arts and crafts, obedience classes, pet fun zones and obstacle courses. Contests are held for the cutest and most talented pooch with experts available to answer questions related to dog training, nutrition, grooming and first aid.Funds raised may be donated to local causes and charities of your choice.

These fun ideas are easy to pull off and will create a buzz in your neighborhood while offering opportunities for neighbors to interact and work together towards community goals.More importantly, residents will begin to feel they are part of a community that cares and, in turn, will start caring for their community.

Knightdale Among the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Best Places to Raise a Family in NC

Citing its low crime rate, affordability, and a great public school system as just a few of the major reasons, the team of experts at niche.com agree with your choice to relocate your family to the Knightdale Station new home community as they placed the town of Knightdale number eight among 100 North Carolina cities analyzed in ranking the 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC.

“The 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of key factors that are meaningful for families at the place level,” was the explanation of the system used by Niche in ranking the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC. The explanation continued, “This grade takes into account key factors, the quality of local schools, safety, affordability, and access to family amenities, in an attempt to measure the appeal of an area for families.”

Maybe the most accurate description of Knightdale’s lofty ranking among the 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings was voiced by a resident, who was one of 35 community members who weighed in with their comments about the town on niche.com, saying, “It is a cheap and affordable place to live yet is conveniently close to Raleigh. It is also very safe despite the fact that it is inexpensive and is also a rapidly growing city. New businesses are opening up and schools are improving.”

Knightdale not only was listed as one of the top ten Best Places to Live in NC by Niche, but they also received the highest overall grade the website gives out, an “A-Plus,” with great public schools, high resident education levels, and a low unemployment rate noted as some of the factors behind the grade.

Niche.com, which was founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the largest content startups in the country, researching and providing reviews, insight, and studies that result in content to aid in major life decisions such as the Best Places to Raise a Family in NC rankings.

To view the entire listing of the 2016 Best Places to Raise a Family in North Carolina as well as detailed statistics on the Town of Knightdale accumulated in their in depth research aimed at helping families and individual find the best choices in location, schools, and many other aspects of life, visit niche.com.

Knightdale Once Again Listed Among Safest Cities in North Carolina

Safest Cities in North Carolina

Many items factor into making the important decision to build a new home and the choice of where to move your family, with none of these factors being more important than the safety of your children. The choice to move to the Knightdale Station new home community is one that not only gives you the great on site amenities and a beautiful new home, but with Knightdale being once again named by the experts at Safe Wise as one of the Safest Cities in North Carolina, you also can rest assured that your youngsters are safe.

The rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina is an annual listing done by Safe Wise, where they do an in depth analysis of all municipalities across the state that have a population of over 4,000 residents. For accuracy, the team of experts there uses the most recent FBI Crime Report each year to compile their listing. After pouring over the numbers, they look at two major categories and plug the numbers in to come up with the final rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina.

The categories used by the Safe Wise team in the comparison are first, the number in each town of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well the overall number of property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). Once these are figured out, they then arrive at an overall ratio showing the chances out every 1,000 residents of each of these crimes possibly happening.

This is the third consecutive year that Knightdale has ranked in the Top 50 among all municipalities on the listing of Safest Cities in North Carolina. Safe Wise has described the town and the reasoning behind their inclusion the past few years to the Safest Cities in North Carolina, explaining that Knightdale is “family friendly, affordable, and safe.” They have gone on to speak of the fact that Knightdale has become a very desirable location for young families, adding, “Its low crime rates, expansive recreation opportunities, and close proximity to Raleigh make it perfect for couples who want to raise a family.”

To view the entire article detailing the Safest Cities in North Carolina, visit the blog section at safewise.com.