August 17, 2012
On Neighborhoods in the USA
(NUSA) is a national non-profit organization
committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations. Created in
1975 to share information and experiences toward building stronger communities,
NUSA continues to encourage networking and information sharing to facilitate
the development of partnerships between neighborhood organizations, government
and the private sector.
attended NUSA conferences before being elected to city council and as a council
member. I have always found them useful for the training, education and
networking opportunities they provide. I have been part of teams trying to
recruit the annual NUSA conference to Minneapolis three times over a ten year
period, both as a private citizen and as a city council member. It seems the third
time is the charm. In 2010 NUSA chose Minneapolis to be the 2013 host city.
ack in 2010
to make the pitch for the conference here I traveled to Anchorage, Alaska along
with the Director of the Neighborhood Community Relations Dept.(NCR) and a
senior executive from Meet Minneapolis
our official convention and visitors association. I serve on the executive
committee of Meet Minneapolis and we were seeking not only to showcase our
city’s neighborhoods, but to fill more events into the 2013 calendar where
there was a bit of a hole in our convention schedule.
his May, I
traveled to the 2012 conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana to formerly accept
the NUSA flag
on behalf of the 2013 host city. Minneapolis was represented
by an energetic delegation of community and neighborhood activists who were
promoting our city and the 2013 conference. Head cheerleader of this delegation
was VJ Smith, Minneapolis resident and national President of MADDADS, a former
national board member of NUSA and a great booster for Minneapolis. Check out VJ
as star of this highly entertaining promotional
produced by the public access Minneapolis Television Network (MTN)
for the 2012 NUSA conference.
he 2013 NUSA
conference will be a chance to show off and celebrate the incredible work going
on in neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis. At the conference in May of 2013, neighborhood
and cultural organizations will have the chance to present in workshops in nine
different tracks ranging from sustainability, safety, job creation and
leadership development. Our Neighborhood and Community Relations Dept. currently has a
call out for possible presentations
and will soon put out a call for
proposals for neighborhood tours. It’s a great chance to show of a project or
initiative in your community.
think we are going to blow away the 2013 NUSA conference
attendees when they see the accomplishments and work going on in our
neighborhoods. I believe that in the City of Minneapolis we have unparalleled
engagement by our residents and a commitment to neighborhoods unlike anywhere
else. No other city can compare to the accomplishments of programs like the Neighborhood Revitalization Program
. Please get
involved in the 2013 NUSA conference and show the rest of the world how great
our city and our neighborhoods are!
Mondays with Robert
Council Member Lilligren has always believed that it's important for people like you and me to have access to government. Robert remains committed to that value today. For that reason, Council Member Lilligren makes himself available to community member visits on a walk-in and appointment basis.
You can meet with Robert on the first four Mondays of the month at each of the neighborhoods he represents. Call or email Alondra at 673-2206 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, however - you will be asked to wait if there is a scheduled appointment.
First Monday of the Month
Whittier Alliance, 10 E. 25th Street
9:30am - 11:30am
Second Monday of the Month
Phillips West, 2400 Park Ave.
Center for Changing Lives
9:30am - 11:30am
Third Monday of the Month
Stevens Square, 1925 Nicollet Ave.
9:30am - 11:30am
Fourth Monday of the Month
Ventura Village, 2323 11th Ave. S.
2nd Floor of Phillips Community Center
9:30am - 11:30am
New Appointee to Senior Citizen's Advisory Committee
Congratulations to Bob Albee for being appointed to serve as the 6th ward representative on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee
. Mr. Albee has focused on efforts relating to diabetes and wellness since his retirement from the American Indian Community Development Corporation, we are confident he will serve the ward well and encourage you to attend the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee meetings
to share your ideas, concerns, and suggestions.
MPS Go-To Card Presentation
At the Aug. 16th Transportation and Public Works Committee
of the City Council, the Minneapolis Public Schools shared a presentation about the Metro Transit Go-To Card Program
and Minneapolis Public School student transportation for fall of 2012. The goal is to have students ride public transportation and lessen the use of the big yellow buses. Please see the transportation and contact your local school board member to share your thoughts on this new proposal.
Community Meetings on Proposed Civilian Review Authority
(CRA) Ordinance Changes on Thursday, August 16 and Tuesday, August 21
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights
will hold two
more community meetings to receive community comments on the proposed changes
to the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Authority, which handles police
misconduct complaints. A public hearing
on the proposed changes to the CRA ordinance is scheduled for September 12. For more details please contact the Civilian Police Review Authority at (612) 673-5500.
Public Meeting on the Re-striping of Park Avenue and Portland
This fall Hennepin County will be re-striping Park Avenue and Portland Avenue, this project opens up opportunities for the community to share their voice over any proposed changes they would like to see. Though the project doesn't involve any reconstruction, the re-striping can help ease traffic with a reduction in car lanes and improved biking amenities.
Thursday, Aug. 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
(with a presentation at 7:15 p.m.)
The Center of Changing Lives
2400 Park Ave. S., Conference Room 104
If you would like to make sure to receive more information about this meeting please email Alondra.Cano@minneapolismn.gov