County Examples

Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI)

Prince George's County, Md.

The Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative (TNI) is a strategic initiative that focuses on improving conditions in some of the County’s troubled neighborhoods with an emphasis on helping the people who live there.  It is an innovative approach to governing that was launched in 2012 by County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III.  TNI grew out of a summer crime initiative in 2011, a police oriented effort to reduce violent crime.  Through the use of data and analysis, the County Executive and his team determined that the best way to deter crime wasn’t just arresting people, it was addressing the root of recurring issues that cause crimes to happen.  Lack of job opportunities, limited access to healthcare, low performing schools, blight and other indicators were the challenges that faced select areas of the County.  The idea was to take a holistic approach to addressing these programs; and thus TNI was born.

With a goal of Uplifting our Communities and the People Who Live in Them, the overall strategy of TNI is to utilize government resources to address the challenges impacting neighbors while increasing citizen and community engagement.  The idea is for government to partner with the community and show them how to address issues, work together and find solutions.  Through monthly team meetings and bi-monthly community meetings, hosted by the government in these TNI areas, County staff is there to assist residents to develop and implement jointly created action plans.  TNI is inspiring people in communities to be more engaged and to take matters into their own hands.  That is the real power of TNI.

For additional information about TNI, please visit the County’s website at

Linda Turner
Program Manager

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