New details and highlights for the upcoming Community Connections Conference

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Community conversations with the Mayor and City Council members about Racial Equity

Mayor Jacob Frey listening to residents at 2018 Community Connections Conference round table discussion

Facilitated by Mayor Jacob Frey, the Community Connections Conference closing session will bring conference attendees and City Council members together for round table discussions about the City’s Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan (SREAP).

This action plan is used to communicate City priorities around workforce, spending, data usage, community engagement and policy. The SREAP is a central document that policymakers can refer to, with clear goals, objectives and metrics by which to measure progress. Download SREAP goals...

Exhibitor Highlight: Transportation Action Plan and Vision Zero

Stop by the City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works exhibit for a discussion on the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan (TAP), a ten-year action plan to guide future planning, design, and implementation of transportation projects. Learn about TAP goals and give feedback on TAP metrics and Vision Zero transportation safety improvements. Learn more about Vision Zero here...

Transportation Action Plan 2018 image of walking, cycling, busing and driving.

Workshop Highlight: Northeast BrainFest

Join Audubon Neighborhood Association for their morning workshop, Northeast BrainFest: Collaborative Planning and Cooperative Implementation.

"Mental health issues are severely stigmatized in our society, often left unaddressed, impacting both individuals and neighborhoods. Audubon Neighborhood Association is drawing greater attention to mental health issues among Northeast Minneapolis residents and working to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness through a collaborative, multi-neighborhood effort entitled Northeast BrainFest. Attend this workshop to learn more." Read more workshop descriptions here...

Program Overview & Updates

NCR is excited to announce that the Community Connections Conference will feature:

  • An opening discussion, Connecting Activism to Change.
  • An exhibit hall with over 100 exhibitors from a wide variety of organizations, from healthcare and tenants' rights organizations to sustainability and public schools.
  • Interactive workshops.
  • An opportunity to learn about and apply for City appointed boards and commissions.
  • A legal clinic on immigration, family and housing law courtesy of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, Volunteer Lawyers Network, Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and The Advocates for Human Rights.
  • A community round table with City leaders and Council members about the City of Minneapolis’s racial equity action plan.
  • Free food.


RSVP for the workshops, opening panel and lunch, and sign up to volunteer, and request accommodations, interpreters if needed before January 25 at 4:00 p.m.

Food Vendors

As in past years, attendees can choose between five food vendors at the conference. This year’s vendors are: La Mexicana, Mama D's Kitchen, Afro Deli, Wendy's House of Soul and Pow Wow Grounds.

La Mexicana food vendor serving tamales at the 2018 Community Connections Conference

Community Partners

Thank you to our 2019 community partners, the Minneapolis American Indian Center, Turning Point, the Lao Advancement Organization of America, the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota and Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES).



Check back on the event page,, the week of January 25, 2019 for a link to download a free Metro Transit pass for your transportation to the conference.


The Community Connections Conference is also made possible by CenterPoint Energy.

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For questions, accommodations or alternative formats, please contact Neighborhood and Community Relations at 612-673-3737 or email us at People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 agents at 612-673-3000. TTY users can call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 •  Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 • Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.