Neighborhoods 2020 Background
The Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR) provides funding and support to 70 neighborhood organizations representing every residential neighborhood in Minneapolis. One of the main goals of NCR is to support inclusive, vibrant and effective neighborhood organizations (see NCR’s Blueprint for Equitable Engagement).
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.
Why Neighborhoods 2020
The Neighborhoods 2020 process is an opportunity to look at how the City of Minneapolis serves and supports neighborhood organizations both internally and externally via staffing, organizational/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:
- Consistent funding and programming for neighborhoods and other community-based programs such as One Minneapolis and the Community Innovation Fund
- Proper sizing and oversight of these programs by an advisory body
- A consistent Citywide Community Engagement policy for the City of Minneapolis that incorporates the Core Principles of Community Engagement
- Evaluating the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department’s service delivery model and making changes if necessary.
Changes to revenue sources
The role of neighborhood organizations may change significantly over the next few years. However, 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.
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 those conversations.
NCR and the Neighborhoods 2020 Committee of the NCEC developed recommendations based on those findings as well as other comments received. The recommendations were forwarded to City Council in early 2018 following a review and comment period.
Important Documents & Public Feedback Summary
NCR presented the updated Roadmap, Work Group Overview, and Public Feedback Summary to the PECE Committee on Monday May 14, 2018 to the Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee (PECE). The following documents were part of the presentation.
- Click "meeting video" to watch presentation to City Council (beginning at minute 2:01:00)
- Updated 2020 Roadmap - A guide for conversation
- 2020 Recommendations - Appendix
- 2020 Program Options - Appendix
- Public Comment Summary (Including all comments)
- 2020 Work Group Overview and Application
- Fillable Word document version.
Last updated Oct 24, 2018