Speak to a lawyer about immigration, housing or family Law at the upcoming Community Connections Conference

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All Day Activities at the Feb. 2, 2019 Community Connections Conference

Immigration, Housing and Family Law Clinic

This year's conference will feature an immigration, housing and family law clinic courtesy of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights, Volunteer Lawyers Network, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. You can sign up for a 20 to 30 minute slot for a consultation with a volunteer lawyer about an immigration, housing or family law issue at the registration table on your way in to the conference.

Neighborhoods 2020 open house

Learn about the neighborhood organization system and City community engagement policy, proposed policy changes for 2020 onward, how community input was collected and used, and leave your own comments on the proposed Neighborhoods 2020 policy framework. Read more about Neighborhoods 2020 here...


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.

Exhibitor Highlight: Minneapolis Small Business Team

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The City of Minneapolis Small Business Team will be exhibiting at the conference. The Small Business Team supports the small business community that is at the heart of our thriving economy. The Small Business Team is here to make it easy for you to successfully start, sustain, and grow your business in Minneapolis. Staff can assist you in navigating City permitting and licensing processes, connect you to relevant resources and supports, and answer your questions about regulations and requirements. Visit the business portal here...

Workshop Highlight: Learn about Naturalization

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The American Dream in Minneapolis: Obtaining US Citizenship

There are thousands of Minneapolis residents who qualify for, but have not yet filed an application for naturalization to obtain United States citizenship. For those who have not yet applied for US citizenship but are interested in doing so, or those who simply want to understand the naturalization application process better, immigration attorneys from local nonprofit organizations will provide a comprehensive overview of the application process, from preparing your application to taking the oath of citizenship, including: who qualifies for US citizenship, what information needs to be included in the application, how does one qualify for a fee waiver, what are some of the naturalization test questions and where can they be found, how can an applicant obtain a medical waiver of the English language and civics test, what is the application processing time, and what options exist if naturalization processing is delayed. - City of Minneapolis, Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs - Neighborhood and Community Relations. 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.

Resources for Sharing the Conference

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Are you attending the 2019 conference? Don't forget to invite your community to come and join you.

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, Minneapolismn.gov/ncr/conf, 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.


For questions, accommodations or alternative formats, please contact Neighborhood and Community Relations at 612-673-3737 or email us at ncr@minneapolismn.gov. 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.