Neighborhood & Community Relations

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2018 Conference Programming

This year's Community Connections Conference programming included an opening panel on transformative leadership, two sessions of workshops, a community roundtable with the Mayor and members of City Council, a neighborhood showcase and over 100 exhibits. You can view the 2018 conference report here.

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Envisioning Change and Leadership

Hear four outstanding local women in leadership in an interactive conversation on equity and transformative leadership at the opening plenary panel at this year's conference. This year's panelists are City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, Release MN 8 leader Jennifer Srey, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center Patina Park and Vice President Business Development at Sunrise Banks Terri Banaszewski.

Andrea Jenkins Portrait with Rounded Corners
Jennifer Srey portrait with rounded corners
Patina Park Portrait with Rounded Corners
Terri Banaszewski Portrait with Rounded Corners

Conference Program

View the 2018 conference program with exhibitors, maps and workshop locations.

Community Round Table

Join the Mayor and members of the Minneapolis City Council to participate in a facilitated dialogue about community priorities. At the conclusion of the roundtable, the policymakers will "rise and report" on the key themes and issues they heard from attendees. The feedback is included in NCR's 2018 conference report.

Conference Schedule & Map


Registration Opens


Welcome & Breakfast

9:15 - 10:15

Envisioning Change and Leadership

10:30 - 11:45

Morning Workshops

12:00 - 1:00

Networking Lunch

1:15 - 2:30

Afternoon Workshops

2:45 - 3:45

Community Round Table

2018 Community Connections Conference Activities General Map

Morning Workshops

  • Sign up for workshops when you register on our Eventbrite page.
  • Classroom map
  • Awesome Neighborhoods in 120 Seconds or Less (101A)
    • Join us for a series of fast-paced presentations from multiple neighborhood organizations throughout the City. This engaging workshop will include time to interact and find out how to learn more about the great work being done in Minneapolis neighborhoods.
  • Neighborhoods 2020: Brainstorm Board and Commission Structure Ideas, Elections and Ordinance Changes (101 H)
    • How can we update the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission elections and appointment process? How can we make better use of the NRP Policy Board? What’s currently working, and what should be changed? This discussion is for neighborhood leaders, community members and policy makers.
  • Tenant Rights, Housing Habitability, and How Communities Can Support Renter Households (101 C)
    • In this session, a housing attorney and tenant advocate will cover the most common rental housing issues—repairs, eviction, deposits, etc. We'll also tackle some of the ways our public policies are falling short. What opportunities and solutions are there for individuals, neighborhoods and community leaders to engage residents and improve the lives of our neighbors?
  • Understanding Racial Trauma (101 D)
    • Gain deeper understanding of trauma and its roots and symptoms in communities of color. This session will also explore strategies the City is using to build upon this knowledge in order to foster greater trust and healing as well as shift systems for more equitable outcomes.
  • All About the Benjamins: Tips for Community Orgs Seeking Government Funds (101 E)
    • Is your organization interested in City and federal funding opportunities? This learning lab will cover search engines for funding and address misconceptions about the rigor of applying for government funds. This lab will conclude with resources that the Promise Zone can offer community organizations and a questions and answers segment. Community organizations, concerned citizens and small business won't want to miss it!
  • Formalizing Relationships between Community and Government (101 B) 
    • In this session, hear how formalized relationships between public entities and communities can lead success in engagement, reciprocal participation and improved outcomes. An overview and history of the American Indian Memorandum of Understanding with the City and American Indian Memorandum of Agreement with Minneapolis Public Schools will be included.
  • Building Immigrant, Refugee and Community Power (101 F)
    • Do you know your rights during interactions with immigration authorities? How do communities educate their peers about the US immigration system and fight back against prejudice and misinformation? Join presenters from prominent local advocacy organizations to learn about how they use grassroots strategies to keep families together and protect the rights of immigrants and refugees. Learn how to build power and sustainable structures.
  • Discrimination 101 (101 I) 
    • Do you know what discrimination looks like today? Do you know the legal difference between unprofessional behavior and discrimination? Do you know what information you must gather for a claim? Join staff from the Department of Civil Rights for this interactive workshop.
  • Movin’ & Shakin’: How the Northside is Transforming the Food System (101 J) 
    • Explore the food justice movement in North Minneapolis in this interactive workshop! Northside Fresh Coalition is a network of individuals and organizations that facilitate collaboration and collective voice to strengthen the food system in North Minneapolis. We will examine the food system through a small group activity that will lead into a panel of coalition partners discussing the collaborative work happening on the Northside. 

Afternoon Workshops

  • Sign up for workshops when you register on our Eventbrite page.
  • Classroom map
  • Neighborhoods 2020 Findings and Ideas for Policy (101 H)
    • Discuss key recommendations in small groups based on feedback and research from 2017 community forums. Brainstorm ideas for updating the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Policy for 2020 and beyond.
  • Homeownership Opportunities (101 C)
    • Learn about the Minneapolis Homes program, which provides a range of opportunities to build, buy or rehab a home in the City of Minneapolis.
  • Targeted Universalism (101 I&J)
    • Understand the complexity of applying a racial equity lens in a policy design process. The session covers the role of privilege and its many forms.
  • Doing Business in the City (101 E)  
    • Learn how to start a business, become a vendor for the City and get technical assistance and access to capital. Learn about how the City can help you start, sustain and expand your business in Minneapolis.
  • Defending Immigrants and Refugees: DACA, TPS and Municipal IDs (101 F)  
    • Since the 2016 election, immigrants and refugees have been under attack. One of the new executive orders authorizes ICE to triple its resources and essentially eliminates enforcement priorities, targeting more immigrants for deportation. The defense of immigrant communities has become an emergency that must be addressed locally. This session will highlight how the City of Minneapolis is standing up for immigrants and refugees through legal protection funds, welcoming city policies and access to counsel projects and how community based groups are leading these efforts.
  • Investing in Community: Little Earth Collaborative Public Safety Strategies (101 B)
    • The Collaborative Public Safety Strategies initiative allowed for community to decide for themselves what public-safety interventions would work best in their areas. This session will provide insight into process, implementation, and types of support that worked best for the Little Earth area. The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), the fiscal agent for the Little Earth Area programs,  provided assistance to program providers. One of those programs was the young women’s mentorship program Oshki-Ikwewag Mino-Bimaadizii, an Ojibwe name meaning “young women leading a good life,” that supports Native American girls in making healthy choices.
  • Demand Equity in Representation: Mobilizing for the 2020 Census (101 A) 
    • Anti-immigrant rhetoric has permeated our national dialogue at a critical time. As we approach the 2020 Census, some members of the Minneapolis community may remain uncounted out of fear, and the impact of undercounting lasts a decade. Undercounting would threaten our ability to secure federal and state funding and reduce our political representation. This workshop will focus on the importance of local action to mobilize people of color, immigrants, refugees and non-English-speaking residents to be counted.
  • Minimum Wage, Sick and Safe Time Ordinances (101 D) 
    • As of January 1, 2018, Minneapolis businesses with over 100 employees are required to pay employees an hourly wage of at least $10. This new minimum wage will rise again on July 1, including for smaller employers. As featured recently in a Star Tribune article, employees across the city now also have the right to sick and safe leave. In this session, the Department of Civil Rights will teach you about enforcement measures and your rights and responsibilities under the new laws.



Last updated Oct 9, 2018



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