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The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) provides funding and support to 70 neighborhood organizations representing every residential neighborhood in Minneapolis. NCR supports inclusive, vibrant and effective neighborhood organizations as part of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement.

Why Neighborhoods 2020

The City of Minneapolis has historically recognized that neighborhood organizations are an important link to the civic and community life of the City of Minneapolis. Neighborhood organizations are also in a unique position to identify local issues and opportunities in their communities and mobilize local resources. For three decades, neighborhood organizations have led resident-based planning efforts resulting in more than 130 Neighborhood Action Plans adopted by the City, directing the use of more than $300 million of City funds.

You can view Neighborhood Action Plans here by selecting the neighborhood of your choice. View Neighborhoods 2020 project page.

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To strengthen the neighborhood and community engagement system

The Neighborhoods 2020 process is an opportunity to look at how the City of Minneapolis serves and supports neighborhood organizations via staffing, organizational and advisory board oversight and grant-funded programs. Each piece is important for equitable and high quality services to our residents. The lens that Neighborhoods 2020 uses encompasses four important parts:

  1. Consistent funding and programming for neighborhoods and other community-based programs.
  2. Proper oversight of these programs by an advisory body.
  3. A citywide community engagement policy for the City of Minneapolis that incorporates the core principles of community engagement.
  4. An efficient and effective service delivery model from the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department.

Changes to revenue sources

The current funding program for neighborhood organizations, the Community Participation Program, was designed around the anticipated revenues from the Consolidated Redevelopment Finance District. Revenues from this District will be discontinued after 2020, and the change in funding sources provides an opportunity to re-examine the roles of Minneapolis Neighborhood Organizations and to establish a new partnership between neighborhood organizations and the City.

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To begin this process, NCR partnered with the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and neighborhood organizations around the City to host several community conversations about the future of neighborhood organizations.

The draft Summary of Findings summarizes the first round of community conversations.

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NCR and the Neighborhoods 2020 Committee of the NCEC developed recommendations based on those findings as well as other comments received. These recommendations were called the Neighborhoods 2020 Roadmap: A guide for conversation. NCR held public comment on the roadmap in early 2018. Public comment summary on the 2020 roadmap (Including all comments).

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NCR presented the updated roadmap, a plan to convene work groups, and public comment to the Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee (PECE) of City Council on May 14, 2018.

Work group recommendations

Below are updated Neighborhoods 2020 work group recommendations, which take feedback from December community meetings into account.

Neighborhoods 2020 Work Group Orientation Group Photo

What work groups did

The Neighborhoods 2020 work groups played a vital role in shaping the future of neighborhood programming and funding, governance and engagement policies. The work groups took a citywide, holistic approach, while producing recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council. These recommendations will help the City to create a robust community engagement framework that is reflective of the city's population diversity and demographics.

Neighborhoods 2020 work teams' recommendations for the Minneapolis City Council will envision the next phase of Minneapolis’ neighborhood programming, which should reflect changes in the city’s population and demographics. The work teams also looked at advisory board structure and city-wide engagement policy.

From July to September, groups met to develop policy, and in December, they solicited public comment on their drafts. The work team includes the following three work groups:

  1. Program Guidelines, Funding and Implementation (16 voting members)
  2. Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement (17 voting members)
  3. Citywide Community Engagement Policy (16 voting members)

The Neighborhoods 2020 work groups submitted their draft recommendations for neighborhood funding, governance and City community engagement policy in December 2018. You can view their meeting notes from their six-month-long project below.

Agendas & Notes

Find agendas and notes for each work group posted in the three subsections below.

Program Guidelines, Funding & Implementation
Governance Advisory Structure for Engagement


Citywide Community Engagement Policy

Meeting Reference Materials

Reference materials that are specific to one work group are posted in the three subsections below.

Program Guidelines, Funding & Implementation
Governance Advisory Structure for Engagement


Citywide Community Engagement Policy


Program Guidelines, Funding and Implementation Work Group

  • Kari Louwagie, NCEC Representative
  • Marcus Mills, NCEC Representative
  • Marcea Mariani, NRP Policy Board
  • Tony Sterle, Mayoral Appointment
  • Cacje Henderson, City Council Appointment
  • Sara Gangelhoff, City Council Appointment
  • Beryl Ann Burton, Fowell
  • Brandon Burbach, Webber-Camden
  • Becky McIntosh, Windom
  • Becky Timm, Nokomis East/Victory
  • Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Kenny/Kingfield
  • Claire Bergren, Powderhorn Park
  • Kathleen Cole, Waite Park
  • Sunny Chanthanouvong, Harrison
  • Long X. Yang, Hawthorne
  • Nate Streeter, Folwell

Governance Advisory Structure for Neighborhood and Community Engagement

  • Not filled, Cultural Community Representative
  • Nick Cichowicz, NCEC Representative
  • Jeff Strand, NCEC Representative
  • Council Member Reich, NRP Policy Board
  • School Board Member Samuels, NRP Policy Board
  • Erin Hart, Mayoral Appointment
  • Vacant, City Council Appointment
  • Vacant, City Council Appointment
  • Alexis Pennie, Jordan
  • Janet Court, Powderhorn Park
  • Kelley Skumautz, McKinley/Camden
  • Nikki Lindberg, Armatage
  • P. Victor Grambsch, Nicollet Island/East Bank
  • Saralyn Romanishan, Lowry Hill East
  • Shauna Dee, Stevens Square
  • Erika Dani, Victory
  • Stearline Rucker, Field-Regina-Northrop

Citywide Community Engagement Policy Work Group

  • Peter Eichten, NCEC Representative
  • Denis Houle, NCEC Representative
  • David Boyd, NRP Policy Board
  • Melvin Hamilton, Mayoral Appointment
  • Council Member Cam Gordon
  • Council Member Steve Fletcher (David Zaffrann)
  • Carin Peterson, Sheridan
  • Cathy Spann, Jordan
  • Khadra Fiqi, Cedar-Riverside
  • Aryca Myers, Bryant/Lyndale
  • Caitlin Ross, Standish-Ericsson
  • Danielle Tietjen, Folwell
  • Gary Simpson, Loring Park
  • Vanessa Haight, Elliot Park/Minnehaha
  • EG Nelson, Bancroft
  • Lolita Carter, Near North


Last updated May 1, 2019



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