2017 Year-in-Review District 3

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January 30, 2018

Happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a good start. As the year gets underway, I want to recap 2017 and let you know what to look forward to in the New Year.

Marion Greene

Overview of 2017

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you on the county board. Hennepin County continues to focus on our core mission of enhancing the health, safety and quality of life of our residents and communities. Hennepin County is the safety net for those who need it, and a champion of the common good. Needless to say, 2017 was a busy year.

Stabilizing and strengthening children and families

  • Joined by many neighbors and advocates, I championed two initiatives that support residents ensnared in deportation proceedings: a fund for the legal defense of detained immigrant residents, and an innovative effort to provide "know your rights" information for county residents at booking that communicates, in multiple languages, that they are not required to talk to ICE (federal immigration).
  • Our work last year on financial inclusion (making financial services accessible and affordable to all individuals, regardless of net worth) is leading to changes at the county: human resources has identified this as a key initiative for county employee wellbeing, and human services has identified this as key strategy in conjunction with the county’s focus on equity.
  • This year I succeeded in adding dedicated investigative and prosecutorial staff to supplement the county’s excellent human services response for victim-survivors of trafficking. This is key to attacking demand. 

Health and wellness for the entire community

  • The County led the nation in creative ways to address the affordable housing crisis, by establishing the NOAH (naturally occurring affordable housing) fund. Our $3 million of seed money sparked $22 million of investment from partners, to fuel a revolving fund enabling affordable housing landlords to compete on the open market for properties that are primed for redevelopment.
  • Hennepin County has joined other counties to bring lawsuits against drug manufacturers and distributors for the public costs of the opioid crisis.
  • Hennepin County Public Health earned national awards for our response to the measles outbreak earlier in the year.
  • The Board awarded Youth Sports grants to refurbish the Loring Park and Morgan (serving Washburn) tennis courts, and for two fastpitch softball fields in St. Louis Park.


  • Due to a process defined by state law, the Hennepin County Board was in a position to reaffirm the recommendation of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board that the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska be restored to Lake Calhoun. My office hosted a forum on the topic and process (a recording of which can be found at www.hennepin.us/greene, and soon by searching “Greene Room” at your podcast provider).
  • The board is prioritizing safety for those who walk, bike and roll in Hennepin County. The 2018 budget includes a significant safety fund, and the county hired a dedicated traffic safety engineer.
  • In 2017, the county assumed a greater role in transit funding after the decade-long five-county partnership known as CTIB (Counties Transit Improvement Board) came to an end.

These are highlights; to find out more about my work in 2017, take a look at archived newsletters on my website www.hennepin.us/greene, and sign up for my monthly newsletter at bit.ly/D3Newsletter.

What's ahead for my office in 2018?

Together we elevated our shared values of human rights, economic equity, and health and wellness for all. That work has become the foundation of what is possible at county government, and is guiding my work in the year ahead:

  • Examining the feasibility and process for independent management of the county crime lab, which currently reports to law enforcement, to reflect best practices and ensure the impartiality of justice at every level.
  • Studying the bail system, and considering models for replacement that ensure we do not criminalize being poor.
  • Maximizing opportunities for innovation at Hennepin Health, the county’s innovative accountable care organization. As chair of its board I am positioning it for the “next big thing” in payment and health care delivery reform.
  • Reviewing the county vehicle fleet in order to cement the case that we shift to electric vehicles

Thank you again for the opportunity to work for you. Please continue to be in touch with your views, priorities, ideas, hopes, and aspirations for our region. It is a privilege to serve you.

District 3

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The 3rd District serves the city of St. Louis Park, and parts of South, Southwest and downtown Minneapolis.

Contact us

Marion Greene
Commissioner, 3rd District

Elie Farhat
Principal Aide


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