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The Minneapolis Convention Center,
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La Mexicana catering at 2018 Community Connections Conference

2018Community Connections Conference attendees conversing in exhibit hall

            Family One Community
            exhibiting at the 2018 Community Connections Conference

2017 Collaborative Public Safety Strategies project at Little Earth presentation at       conference

Neighborhood Showcase at 2018 Community Connections Conference

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that fosters connections between the residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government.

The 2020 conference took place on February 1 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and had over 1000 participants throughout the day.

The conference features important information, networking opportunities, panels, speakers, performances, free food and over 100 exhibitor spaces.

Sign up to receive email updates about the Community Connections Conference by clicking here and entering your email address. 


Whova conference app

This year we used a mobile-friendly web page and app, Whova to publish the conference schedule, breakout sessions, exhibitors and more. Take a sneak peek today

You can log in and personalize your schedule or download the app for offline viewing with invitation code "wecount"

Welcoming ceremony – We count in 2020

We held a welcoming ceremony in the exhibit hall featuring Titambe West African Dance Ensemble, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec dancers, Lao Women Friendship Club, the Somali Museum Dance Troupe and Native American dancers Joe Artishon and Miiskogihmiiwan Poupart-Chapman.

Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions could include workshops, panel discussions, round table discussions or open houses. Read the 2020 conference breakout session descriptions on the event program page here.

Get involved

There are many ways to get involved in the Community Connections Conference. You can volunteer, exhibit, sponsor the conference or be a community partner.

Each year we seek breakout sessions and exhibits that align with the conference objectives and theme. You can sign up to be notified when partner, exhibitor or breakout session recruitment begins in 2021.


You can sign up to volunteer here. Select which shifts and volunteer roles work best for you.


The Community Connections Conference exhibit hall features resources and information from City of Minneapolis departments,community groups and public agencies. Read more and see the list of exhibits from 2020 on the exhibitor page.

Community partners

Our conference community partners in 2020 included Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), the Franklin Library, We Are Still Here, African Community Services, PICA Head Start, the Hmong American Leadership Council, the Center for Laotian-American International Development.

Community partners advise organizers about important conference features to ensure it serves the needs of all Minneapolis residents. Some of the decisions community partners advise on include:

We also ask our community partners to share the conference with their networks and communities.


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The Community Connections Conference 2020 was made possible by support from the City of Minneapolis, Comcast NBC Universal, Spin, CenterPoint Energy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allina Health and MetroTransit.

Conference theme and objectives

By using the theme "We count," we are saying that all communities are welcome and valued in Minneapolis and calling on communities to get involved in decision-making in 2020. Residents can get involved by committing to get counted in the US census, vote, join an advisory committee or neighborhood board, learn about important local issues and City policies or volunteer with a community organization.

Conference objectives

We host this conference so that:

Last updated Feb 19, 2020



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