The UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government will administer a 10-month Community Leadership Institute for citizens serving on Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) under a contract with the City of Atlanta. NPUs are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the mayor and city council on zoning, land use and other planning issues. The training program is designed to strengthen NPU members’ knowledge of critical topics such as leading community change, citizen engagement, consensus-building and problem solving. An orientation session for the first cohort of 25 participants is scheduled for early December, with a series of monthly classes starting in January. Class sessions will be led by institute faculty and other subject matter experts. Case studies for class participants will be developed jointly by the institute and the City of Atlanta under the $35,000 contract.