This is Cincinnati’s solution:
Invest in Neighborhoods Inc.
Invest in Neighborhoods Inc. is a nonprofit organization created in 1982 to promote and assist the 51 community councils that represent the neighborhoods of Cincinnati, Ohio. Our mission is to assist the councils with financial resources and to promote self-sufficiency and leadership skills of the councils and their residents.
I believe we should disband the current Priority Board elected system- and have neighborhood presidents meet quarterly with the City Manager, Commissioners and the heads of departments to work together and cut a layer of bureaucracy out of our system.
The city would still have a staff- but their job would be to help organize and support neighborhood groups. Since they are discussing cutting the field offices- why not go totally virtual? Have the assistance officers out in the field- with mobile offices.