The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association (CNIA) serves as the democratic, neighbor involvement organization in Cabbagetown. CNIA officers are elected by the neighbors, and CNIA holds monthly public meetings to vote on issues that are relevant to the community. CNIA serves as the neighbors’ voice and connection to the City of Atlanta and connects Cabbagetown residents with other neighborhoods. Any resident or business owner in Cabbagetown may become a voting member by submitting a free annual membership form.
CNIA’s annual budget is approximately $10,000. CNIA primarily uses these funds to publish the Cabbagetown Neighbor, which is largely funded by advertising revenues. CNIA also uses some funds to assist in hosting parties for the neighbors like the semiannual Roll Call parties to welcome new neighbors and the annual Christmas Crawl.
The Cabbagetown Initiative Community Development Corporation (CI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that Cabbagetown residents started in 2002 to raise funds to build Cabbagetown Park. The park was established as a public-private partnership. As such, CI currently serves as Cabbagetown’s arm for managing parks and grounds in Cabbagetown. Through CNIA, Cabbagetown residents review and vote on CI’s annual budget and elect five of its eleven directors, including the CNIA president who serves ex officio on the board. The CI board elects the remaining six directors. CI also holds monthly public meetings. Although only CI’s board of directors may vote, all neighbors are welcome to attend and participate in discussions.
CI’s annual budget is approximately $80,000. CI runs the annual Chomp and Stomp Chili Cook-off and Bluegrass Festival to raise funds for its operations. CI spends these funds maintaining Cabbagetown Park, Esther Peachy Lefevre Park, multiple pocket parks, the Cabbagetown Community Garden and the Cabbagetown Community Center. CI also manages a benevolence fund designated to support long-term residents with emergency home repairs.