Neighborhoods 2020 Office Hours and Update on Work Groups

Neighborhoods 2020

Update on Work Groups

An update from Steven Gallagher, project coordinator for Neighborhoods 2020:

As the project coordinator, I will be sending weekly updates on the progress of our important work. In addition to these updates, you can discuss Neighborhoods 2020 directly with me either at my community office hours (listed in the section below) or by phone at 612-673-2905.

Work groups completed their second meetings last week after having completed an orientation, an equity and inclusion training by Strategic Diversified Initiatives and creating working agreements to guide the work going forward. Below are the highlights from each work group.

1. Program Guidelines, Funding and Implementation 

  • Reviewed the history of guidelines and funding. 
  • Discussion with Mark Ruff, CFO of the City of Minneapolis: Reviewed projected five-year City budgeting plans.
  • Bob Cooper, Manager of Finance: Spoke about previous agreements between neighborhoods and the City. 
  • Next steps: Identify the needs of neighborhood organizations and the City while looking at best practices. We will be formulating guidelines and frameworks for expectations of stakeholders. 

2. Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement 

  • Discussion with David Rubedor, Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations: Reviewed the current governance structure of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, its duties and actions. The group also identified the statutory requirements and actions of the Neighborhood and Revitalization Program Policy Board.
  • Next steps: Review other options, identify missed opportunities and ensure equitable representation.

3. Citywide Community Engagement Policy 

  • Discussion with Rose Lindsay, Regulatory Services Community Engagement and Grants Manager: Identified best practices for community engagement with residents, neighborhood organizations and cultural communities. The group also identified other ways Regulatory Services can work with neighborhood organizations.
  • Next Steps: Create shared expectations for the City, neighborhood organizations and cultural communities.

Ways to Stay Involved

View meeting locations, notes and agendas on the Neighborhoods 2020 web page:

Engagement Sessions

Each of the work groups are planning to hold dialogues with the community in the near future. Exact dates have not been set, but they are tentatively scheduled for late September or October. Engagement sessions will be held prior to the drafting of any recommendations.

Weekly Updates

I’ll be sending out weekly updates to help keep the lines of communications open and inform you as we go.

Office Hours

See the schedule of community office hours below.


Contact Steve Gallagher at or 612-673-2905.

Schedule of Community Office Hours

More dates and locations will be added over time. View all office hours on NCR's calendar at

 Monday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Caribou Coffee
  • 4745 Cedar Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55407

Wednesday, September 5 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Five Watt Coffee
  • 3745 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Monday, September 10 at 9:00 a.m.

  • Sovereign Grounds
  • 813 East 48th St., Minneapolis, MN 55409

Monday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m.

  • Coffee Corner Camden
  • 4155 Thomas Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55409

Wednesday, September 19 at 10:00 a.m.

  • Spy House
  • 945 Broadway St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

All work group meetings are open to the public. View the meeting schedule and stay up to date on locations and materials on the Neighborhoods 2020 webpage:

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact Nick Ngo at or 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.  TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626. Para asistencia 612-673-2700, Yog xav tau kev pab, hu 612-673-2800, Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.

If you have questions, please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department 

at 612-673-3737 or email to