Box 8, Folder 18, Document 12

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Box 8, Folder 18, Document 12

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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The Model Cities Training Program, one of the first of it."s
kind in the country, i~. a ten session course to be conducted in
seminar form under the direction of the University of Tennes·s ee
at Chattanooga.
Th e ma jor objective o f the Model Citie s Training
Program is the enablement of the fifty members of the CoDoA.
Board of Directors to function as a cohesive policy-making body
while simult an e ously encoura ging the a t t ainme nt or ret e ntion of
individual identity with those various sponsoring groups whom it
is the board me mbe rs' r es p o n s ibility _to 're p resent.
This obj e ctive
c a n b es t b e a chie v e d by e n ab l ing t h e p articipa n ts t o:
(1) acq uir e
knowledge of the . actu~l structure of the Model Cities o r g a nizat~on
and the obj ectives of the p r ogr a m;
(2 ) d e v e lop an awaren ess of the
d e cision- mak ing process in t e rms of se l e cting a cce ptabl e al tern a tives to r e cognize d problems confronting the CDA Board; and,
est a bli s hing and ma int ain i ng an o rga n i z a tiona l es p r it' d e cor ps'
which on one h and will e n a ble each CDA Bo ard p art icipa nt to
ma intain hi s i d entity a nd ties within h is own sphere o f the
commu nity , and y e t p e r mit him to ma k e d e cis ions b ased o n a tota l
c o mmit tme nt to an ove ra ll achieve me nt o f the o rgani z ation a l g oa l s o
This series of seminars utilizing consultants, applying
dynamic and innovative educational techniques, and involving
expertise from as many pertinent sources as are available is,
like the Model Cities--Program itself, a demonstration project •..
Because there is iittle national experience in training programs
such as the one .described, the emphasis in the Chattanooga program
will -be on experimentation and innovation.
As might be e x pected
of an experimental undertaking, it will be subject to regular
observation, monitoring, and evaluation of its effectiveness in
terms of the goals it seeks to fulfill.
It should be understood
that this continuous evaluative process is a testing process of
the training program and its staff, as ~elL ~s of the participants.
The first session of the program will meet Saturday,
August 9, 1969, at th~ campus of UoToCo as will the following
nine sessions on the following nine consecutive Saturd ay s.
suggested structure and content of each session is found in
Appendic es I thru Xo
Each consultant, however, may modify or
restructure the seminar to achieve the objectives as outlinedo
Funding for this training program has been secured under
the provi sion s of Title 1 of the Higher Education Act from the
Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Institution al monies
of U T0C o; and funds from the Model Cities Planning Grant o
The expectation is that the experience and information
derived from the program will contribute signific~ntly to the
effectiveness of the CDA Board as a decisive administrative bodyo
It is hoped, also, _thi;lt from this Model Cities Training Program_
there will emerge a body of knowledge and exp~rience which will
be of . value not only in Chattanooga, but in other cities as wello
The succe-ss of the Model Cities Program to a large degree
depend~ upon the~a~i~!ty and willingness of the CDA Board to
discharge effectively its responsibility as chief policy-makirig
body of the Chattanoog·u. Model Cities Programo
As administrators
who are responsible for the planning and implementation of the
total Model Cities Program, CDA Board members must be sufficiently
equipped (1) with the necessary skills, tools, and information
related to all aspects of the Model Cities Program; · (2) with an
understanding of the Model cities Program and its relationship to
city government and other agencies in the urban are--both private
and public; and (3) with me thodology and dyna~i cs of d e cis ionmaking.
To this end, t~e Mode l citie s Training· and Orientation
Se minar Pr o gram i s d es i g n e d:
. 1.
To. insure that . the CDA Boa rd me mbers will be aware of
the ir role s · in the Mode l Cities Program
To p r ovide CDA Bo ard me mbe rs with s u f fi cie nt and re l e vant informa tion c o nc erning the Mode l cities concept
a nd me t h od .
To ins u r e th a t
CDA Board me mb ers are familiar wi th the
Mode l Cities st r u ctu re, both n a t ion a lly and l oca l ly.
To provide CDA Board members with pertinent data
concerning the HUD guidelines as related to the
Model Cities Programu
To provide CDA Board members with relevant information
concerning speciti6 problems and program areas to be
dealt in the Model Neighborhood area o
Further, this program is designed to foster competency and
sound judgment on the part of the Board members by providing
them with training exercises and experiences in problem-solving
and decision - makingo
No Board with a ·membership so varied as that
of the CDA Board can effectively discharge its duties and responsibilities unless its members develop a oneness of mind and purpose.
It is the intent of this program to provid·e s~ructured experiences
for the fifty participating CDA Board members--members with varied
backgrounds, wide ranges of e x periences, diffeient levels 6f
educational attainment, and diverse interests--which will enable
·the Board to .function as a cohesive unit ·w ith mutual interests
and common goals; one dedicated to solving the problems of the
Model Neighborhood and its people.

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