Minneapolis Forward overview

We discuss the economic impact of our dual crisis, and the City's responses and recovery.

Recovery from a dual crisis

In 2020, people across the world experienced the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Minneapolis experienced a unique dual crisis of the pandemic and historic civil unrest.

Our goal here is to share information about this period of crisis, including:

  • The economic impacts
  • The City’s responses
  • Recovery
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As the pandemic began, the City took early steps to protect the public from infection.

Our actions:

  • Decreased transmission of the virus
  • Limited congregation of people

As the pandemic continued, the City counteracted the negative economic impacts of public health measures.

To do this, we:

  • Relaxed regulations
  • Suspended fees
  • Increased resources

Civil unrest

Early response to civil unrest in the city focused on people’s:

  • Physical safety
  • Access to food and medicine

In the weeks and months that followed, the City supported:

  • Property owners in restoring properties damaged or destroyed in the civil unrest
  • The pandemic response
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Moving forward

Today, the City is focused on long term, equitable economic recovery for individuals, families, and businesses.

We do this through direct support for:

  • Housing and food security
  • Small businesses
  • Employment and training
  • Revitalizing commercial corridors

The City of Minneapolis does not do this work alone.

Recovery requires:

  • Coordination and support from philanthropic and non-profit sector community-based organization
  • Funding support from federal, State and county governments

Generational work

Our work is generational:

  • Recovering from the impacts of the pandemic and unrest
  • Building a more equitable Minneapolis in the process

While we can see impacts of interventions today, true recovery will take years.

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What you'll find

Under Minneapolis Forward, you will find:

Timelines for 2020-2022 that describe:

  • Events
  • Policy decisions
  • Programs implemented

Interactive data tools that explore the:


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