Minneapolis Connects March Newsletter

Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

March 9, 2018

Community Connections Learning Lab Series Starts March 21!

2017 Learning Lab Students at Round Tables Discussing Engagement Strategies

This free series prepares City staff and community members to improve their engagement efforts. The next series runs from March 21 – May 16 in the afternoons and March 22 – May 17 in the evenings. We will cover how to effectively plan for community engagement, how to successfully engage the major cultural communities of Minneapolis, disability awareness and intersectionality. You can view the schedule, class titles and enroll today at Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/learninglabs

Email ncr@minneapolimn.gov or call 612-673-3737 if you have additional questions or difficulty registering.

NCR Seeks Feedback on Neighborhoods 2020

The Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap is now out for public review and comment until April 30. Make sure to also take a look at our Neighborhoods 2020 Frequently Asked Questions sheet and send us your feedback at ncr@minneapolismn.gov. There will be more opportunities to participate in this discussion about neighborhood funding, oversight and structure in the next two months.

At the upcoming Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) meeting, Tuesday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. at the Minneapolis Central Library, commissioners are hosting a listening session. You can view the February listening session under the NCEC 2018 tab on Minneapolismn.gov/tv/minneapolis14.

If you would like to get email updates on Neighborhoods 2020, you can sign up for the Neighborhoods 2020 GovDelivery mailing list. Be sure to also check the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage for updates and upcoming meetings.

New Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Hiring a Director

March Photo Woman and Child with Flag by City Hall

The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs is a new initiative to ensure that Minneapolis is a safe and welcoming place for all. NCR is hiring its inaugural director, who will analyze policy, recommend improvements, educate the public and liaise on behalf of the City with stakeholders and external institutions. 

On the Office’s webpage, you can view the full job description and qualifications and apply by 3/16.

Openings on 15 City Boards and Commissions

Akisha Everett Boards & Commissions Why I Serve Portrait Photo

There are open positions on 15 City of Minneapolis boards and commissions this spring. Boards and commissions provide valuable insights, help shape key policy decisions and provide community-based input on the administration of City services. 

What kinds of issues do City boards and commissions focus on? Aging, accessibility, bicycles, capital improvements, racial equity, neighborhood engagement, public health, housing and workforce development, to name a few. View position descriptions, deadlines and the application at minneapolismn.gov/boards/openings

You can reach out to the City Clerk's office with additional questions or for more information at 612-673-2216 or via email to OpenAppointments@minneapolismn.gov.

Hmong Leaders Visit Super Bowl Public Safety Headquarters

Hmong Elders Pose with Minneapolis City Staff at Joint Information Center during 2018 Superbowl

On Super Bowl Sunday, members of the Hmong 18 Council, the leadership of the Hmong American community in the State of Minnesota, visited the Minneapolis Joint Information Center (JIC) at City Hall, and witnessed first-hand the City’s effort to keep all residents and visitors safe during Super Bowl festivities. The Hmong leaders were impressed at the collaboration between local, state and federal agencies, especially with the City's multicultural team. 

NCR staff fluent in Lao, Hmong, Somali and Spanish were working to make sure that Minneapolis's major cultural communities were as well-informed as the general public. “It’s my first time seeing this inclusiveness in a government effort to keep our community safe, and having a Hmong staff as part of the team is very important to me,” said one Hmong elder.

Community Connections Conference

Closing Session Community Connections Conference 2018 Crowd Photo Small

Thank you to everyone who attended and volunteered at the 2018 Community Connections Conference. We had just under 700 attendees from City, State and Federal agencies, community organizations, small businesses and neighborhoods. Stay tuned for the official conference report, containing the City priorities that attendees shared with City Council members and Mayor Frey during the closing session.

Community Participation Program Reports Due March 30

Community Participation Program fund recipients, don't forget to turn in your 2017 annual reports by March 30, 2018. We want to know what achievements make your neighborhood organization proud this year. Captioned photos are highly encouraged. If you have questions about the report, contact your neighborhood specialist at NCR.

Seeking Feedback on Website and Solid Waste & Recycling

Solid Waste & Recycling Services Survey

All City Solid Waste & Recycling customers are invited to participate in a 10-minute services survey.  Participants will be randomly selected to win one of 40 prizes valued at $10 each.

Minneapolismn.gov Website Survey 

How does the City of Minneapolis website need to improve? What should stay the same? We want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about Minneapolismn.gov in this quick survey.

Introducing Deputy Director Karen Moe


NCR is excited to welcome Karen Moe to the department as our new Deputy Director. Karen joined NCR in mid-February, after serving for two years at the City's Regulatory Services department, where she was Coordinator for Community Engagement and Grants.

Karen brings five years of experience as Deputy Director at Minnesota Community Action Partnership and two years as Director of Program Operations of Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin. She has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature from Earlham College and has completed two years of graduate study at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Please join us in welcoming Karen to our department! 

Hope Community Green Zones 101 Workshops

Green Zones 101 Hope Community Flyer 2018

Come learn what a Green Zones are and what they mean for you with Hope Community! All sessions will give a history and overview of Green Zones, and each month will focus on a new topic. Read more...

Cincinnati Models Board Diversity Survey on Minneapolis

NCR measures the diversity of City of Minneapolis's boards and commissions every two years in a survey. Check out this article to learn more about the survey, its findings and how Minneapolis is serving as a template for Cincinnati's diversity research and evaluation.


Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is increasing for small and medium sized businesses on July 1, 2018. Are you ready? View the schedule for wage increases and read the FAQs at Minimumwage.minneapolismn.gov

Do you know how to report a minimum wage violation? Learn more...

Job openings

Upcoming Events

View the events calendar and event details at www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar.

Friday, 3/9

  • Application for City Trees Closes

Thursday, 3/15

  • Application Deadline Neighborhood Coordinator at Beltrami Neighborhood Council

Friday, 3/16

  • Application Deadline Director of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Wednesday, 3/21 & Thursday, 3/22

  • Effectively Planning For Community Engagement: Community Connections Series 

Saturday, 3/24

  • Northside Housing Fair

Wednesday, 3/28  & Thursday, 3/29

  • American Indian Community & Effective Engagement: Community Connections Series 

Monday, 4/2

  • Termination to Self-determination (SERIES TITLE: Hearing Their Voices: The Persistence of Violence Against Native American Women and Girls)

Wednesday, 4/4  & Thursday, 4/5

  • Southeast Asian Community & Effective Engagement: Community Connections Series 

View all event details at www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/calendar.

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

Director, David Rubedor 
Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737