Neighborhoods 2020 Background
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) provides funding and support to 70 neighborhood organizations representing every residential neighborhood in Minneapolis. One of the main goals of NCR is to support inclusive, vibrant and effective neighborhood organizations (see NCR’s Blueprint for Equitable Engagement).
The City of Minneapolis has historically recognized that neighborhood organizations are an important link to the civic and community life of the City of Minneapolis. Neighborhood organizations are also in a unique position to identify local issues and opportunities in their communities and mobilize local resources. For three decades, neighborhood organizations have led resident-based planning efforts resulting in more than 130 Neighborhood Action Plans adopted by the City, directing the use of more than $300 million of City funds.
You can view these plans here by selecting the neighborhood of your choice.
Changes to revenue sources
The role of neighborhood organizations may change significantly over the next few years. However, the current funding program for neighborhood organizations, the Community Participation Program, was designed around the anticipated revenues from the Consolidated Redevelopment Finance District. Revenues from this District will be discontinued after 2020, and the change in funding sources provides an opportunity to re-examine the roles of Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations and to establish a new partnership between neighborhood organizations and the City.
To begin this process, NCR partnered with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and neighborhood organizations around the City to host several community conversations about the future of neighborhood organizations. The draft Summary of Findings summarizes those conversations.
NCR and the Neighborhoods 2020 Committee of the NCEC will now work to develop recommendations based on those findings as well as other comments received. The recommendations will be forwarded to City Council in early 2018 following a review and comment period.
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Last updated Aug 29, 2017