City Vision, Values, Goals & Strategic Directions

Minneapolis vision

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.

Minneapolis values

We will be a city of…

Fair and just opportunities and outcomes for all people.

People feel safe and are safe.

We are focused on the well-being of people and our environment.

Minneapolis is a world class city, proud of its diversity and full of life with amenities and activities.

People are connected with their community, are connected to all parts of the city and can influence government.

While preserving the city’s character, more people and businesses lead to a growing and thriving economy.

We work by…

Innovating and being creative
New ideas drive continuous improvement.

Driving toward results
Our efficient, effective work meets measurable goals for today and tomorrow. 

Engaging the community
All have a voice and are heard.

Valuing employees
Employees are supported and take pride in public service.

Building public trust
All have access to services and information.
We work in an open, ethical and transparent manner.

We work better together as one team.
We are a valued partner in the community.


Minneapolis goals & strategic directions

Living well: Minneapolis is safe and livable and has an active and connected way of life

One Minneapolis: Disparities are eliminated so all Minneapolis residents can participate and prosper

A hub of economic activity and innovation: Businesses – big and small – start, move, stay and grow here

Great Places: Natural and built spaces work together and our environment is protected

A City that works: City government runs well and connects to the community it serves

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City Council approved vision, goals that will guide City work every four years

On March 28th, 2014 the Minneapolis City Council adopted the City’s vision, values, goals and strategic directions to guide the City’s work. City leaders set new goals every four years, resulting in clear priorities that provide long-term direction and clarify the core function of City government.

The adoption of the goals follows a public comment period in February and March when residents were asked to give their feedback on the draft vision, values, goals and strategic directions.

Then each department uses these goals, strategic directions and values to begin create their individual business plans.

Last updated Sep 21, 2018



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