City to hold public input forums on Community Engagement Report


First of open meetings is Tuesday, Oct. 9

The Minneapolis Community Engagement Task Force unanimously approved in September a preliminary report intended to define roles and funding of neighborhood, community and cultural organizations as parts of the city’s community engagement system, according to a release by the city.

Recommendations in the report include:

• broadening the types of organizations eligible for community engagement resources;

• requiring increased accountability when resources are allocated;

• creating a citizen’s commission of community engagement;

• allocating resources and staff for administration of adopted Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) action plans and contracts beyond 2009; and

• supporting increased follow-up communication between the city and community members who have provided input during decision-making processes.

Before the final report heads to the City Council and mayor in mid-November, the public is asked to give input at public forums, to be held:

• Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Windom Park Recreation Center gymnasium
2251 Hayes St. NE.

• Wednesday, Oct. 10, 6–8 p.m.
North Commons Park gymnasium
1801 James Ave. N.

• Tuesday, Oct. 16, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (open house format)
Central Library Board Room
300 Nicollet Mall

• Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6–8 p.m.
Nokomis Park Recreation Center gymnasium
2401 E. Minnehaha Parkway

• Thursday, Oct. 18, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
MLK Park Recreation Center multipurpose room
4055 Nicollet Ave. S.

After the community forums, the task force will incorporate the community’s input into the final report, which goes to the City Council and mayor in mid-November.

The full draft report includes “seven core principles of community engagement, more than two dozen recommendations related to the core principles, and characteristics of organizations that are eligible to receive city resources for activities related to engaging the community,” states the release. It can be viewed or downloaded.