1st Annual Community Connections Conference
"Better Communities through Neighborhoods"
Thank you to all who participated in and attended the First Annual Community Connections Conference that was held on Saturday, February 11th at the St. Mary’s University Event Center! The conference was attended by over 400 neighborhood and community members.
Read about the conference in the news!
Community Connections Conference Report to the Community
The City of Minneapolis’ Neighborhood and Community Relations department is hosting the first-ever Communities Connections Conference, “Building Better Communities Through Neighborhoods”, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 from 8:00am-5:00pm at the St. Mary’s University Event Center – 2540 Park Avenue South (formerly known as the Zuhrah Shrine Event Center). The cost is FREE!
This new conference is specifically designed for neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations, City departments and residents to share best practices of neighborhood engagement. In addition, the conference will introduce people to new and innovative ideas for working within communities and neighborhoods. A major theme of the conference is building diversity and increasing participation in neighborhood organizations and communities.
Angela Glover Blackwell, president and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute working to advance economic and social equity, will give the keynote address. Click here to see Ms. Glover Blackwell's presentation (PDF).
The conference will include 16 concurrent workshops. The topics include: Minneapolis One Read, bridging the digital divide, reducing waste at local events, social justice, neighborhood safety and success stories of collaborations with City departments. There will also be neighborhood and community booths, a Neighborhood Café, food from communities throughout the city, local cultural entertainment and a closing reception. The Neighborhood and Community Relations department supports the city’s 71 neighborhood organizations, which serve as the City’s primary community engagement infrastructure. The department also has an Access and Outreach team whose focus is to support engagement of all residents particularly where cultural norms or customs, language or disabilities limit access.
Directions and Parking for the St. Mary's Event Center
For more information about the event contact Carrie Day Aspinwall (612) 673-2243.
The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting 612-673-3737.
Last updated Apr. 27, 2012