Neighborhood & Community Relations

Crown Roller Mill, Room 425
105 5th Avenue South 
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 673-3737

Blueprint for Equitable Engagement

The Blueprint for Equitable Engagement is a multi-year strategic action plan to ensure an equitable community engagement system for the City of Minneapolis.

Public Review and Comment Period - Now Open

The revised draft of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement is now available for another round of public review. The review period will begin Friday, October 16 and last until Monday, November 30.

Draft Blueprint for Equitable Engagement Document (10/16/15)

The Blueprint for Equitable Engagement is a 5 year plan to ensure an innovative and equitable engagement system for the City of Minneapolis. The plan will be used as a roadmap to better achieve the department’s mission, “Engaging Communities for a Better Minneapolis”, between 2015 and 2020. Inclusive and equitable participation will be critical to achieve the One Minneapolis goal.

During the review period we have scheduled three opportunities for the public to attend open houses to learn more about the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement and provide comments:

Saturday, October 24th
10:00am – 12:00p.m.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park
(4055 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, 55409)

Monday, October 26th
5:00 – 7:00p.m.
Farview Park
(621 N. 29th Ave, Minneapolis, 55411)

Thursday, November 5th (NCR’s Department Open House)
4:00 – 6:30p.m.
Crown Roller Mill Building
(105 5th Avenue South, Minneapolis, 55401)

Please provide your comments in writing no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30th to:

Neighborhood and Community Relations Departments
Crown Roller Mill Suite 425
105 Fifth Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401

You may also provide your comments in writing to

All comments received will be reviewed by NCR staff, and will be used to develop final recommendations to the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission and the Minneapolis City Council. If you have any questions about the draft Blueprint, please contact David Rubedor at (612) 673-3129 or

Timeline and Next Steps:

Focus group discussions:

The Blueprint For Equitable Engagement is being developed in accordance to the City’s adopted Core Principles of Engagement. The Blueprint is being developed with an engagement strategy that utilizes both internal and community expertise. Continued development of the Blueprint will include community dialogue to inform strategy and tactics, while expanding partnerships in this area of work. The following is a list of upcoming focus groups discussions. Additional focus groups may be added after completing the following:

Themes: Hundreds of comments and notes were taken at the aforementioned Focus Group Discussions. Listed below are the general themes that emerged from all of the conversations:

Baseline Data

Boards and Commission Diversity Survey: Boards and commissions represent a key component of community engagement activities in regard to City actions and decision making. Every two years, the NCR department survey's members of our boards and commissions to measure progress.

2015 Neighborhood Board Diversity Survey Report: The 2015 Neighborhood Organization Board Diversity Survey is the first survey conducted by NCR to examine the demographic makeup of neighborhood organization boards. The survey design and analysis is intended to (1) create a baseline and characterize as accurately as possible the current makeup of neighborhood organization boards, (2) provide a basis for recommendations, (3) identify possible questions for further study.


Last updated Oct 16, 2015