Minneapolis Connects – August 2015


Minneapolis Connects: News and information from Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations

August 2015

NCR and MPD team up to host a Public Safety Career Fair on the city’s North Side


On Saturday, July 25th the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) Department co-hosted a Public Safety Career Fair along with the Minneapolis Police Department’s Community Engagement Team. The event was held at University of Minnesota Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in north Minneapolis. NCR’s African American Community Specialist, Ayianna Kennerly organized the event as part of her work to form relationships with the African American community and the City.

The goal of the career fair was to inform the African American and other under-represented communities of the diverse array of public safety careers that are open available to apply for within the Twin Cities. The career fair also aimed to provide a positive platform for engagement between law enforcement, public safety liaisons and under-represented residents.

The career fair drew over 50 attendees. Participants were able to:

  • Receive a list of current employment opportunities from 11 of the 13 agencies;
  • Collect resume and cover letter tips and current City job openings from the City of Minneapolis’ Human Resources Department;
  • Learn about 13 jobs at 911 that will be available in the fall and six City jobs advertised by Human Resources;.
  • Engage and meet diverse employees currently working in the public safety field; and
  • Build lasting relationships with participating agencies.

The event was also the first public safety themed career fair held in Minneapolis that brought together a wide array of local public safety agencies, including:  The City of Minneapolis Public Safety Departments; Hennepin and Ramsey County Departments; Minnesota State Patrol; Hennepin Emergency Medical Services; Metro Transit Police and the University of Minnesota Police Department. This collaborative effort established the ground work to build a larger, more diverse, applicant pool for the City of Minneapolis’ workforce.

To learn more about Ayianna’s work with the African American Community, please visit: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/outreach/WCMS1P-143452.

Registration now open for the 2015 City Academy


Have you ever wondered how emergency calls in Minneapolis are dispatched?  How streets get plowed?  How the water gets to your faucet? Or, how property gets developed?  The answers to these questions and more will be discussed at the Minneapolis City Academy program beginningSeptember 17th.

The City Academy will be held weekly on Wednesdays from September 23rd  through October 21st  at locations throughout Minneapolis.  Each session will focus on one aspect of City government such as public safety, public works, planning and development and fire services.  Sessions will run from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The program is open to all Minneapolis residents who are 18 years or older.  The academy is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the application form that can be found online: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/ncr/MinneapolisCityAcademy.

Blueprint for Equitable Engagement: next input meeting to be held on Aug. 11

The Neighborhood and Community Relations department is holding the second of two meetings to get the public’s input on the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement, a multi-year strategic action plan to ensure an equitable community engagement system for the City of Minneapolis, and will guide the work of NCR and the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission through 2020.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 11th from 6:30-8:00p.m. at Heritage Park.

For more information and to download a draft of the Blueprint for Equitable Engagement Plan, please visit: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/initiatives/WCMS1P-141685.

Minneapolis Celebrates 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act


On Thursday, July 23rd the City of Minneapolis held a celebration honoring the 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Over 80 peopled attend the event. 4th Street in front of City Hall was closed to car traffic to allow for dancing in the street by Young Dance, a mixed ability dance group; obstacle course demonstrations with therapy dogs from Canine Inspired Change; and accessible vehicle demonstrations from Metro Transit, Rollx, Airport Taxi, Yellow Taxi, and Green and White Taxi.

An Excellence in Service Award was presented to Wilderness Inquiry by the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities. Wilderness Inquiry received the award for work in making outdoor programs accessible to everyone.  Honorary Recognition Awards were given to the Metropolitan Airports Commission and Vision Loss Resources for their continued efforts to the disability community.

Besides observing the milestone, Minneapolis and its partners are focusing on improving engagement, participation and quality of service for people with disabilities. The City of Minneapolis has started a thorough Americans with Disabilities Act evaluation of its own programs and services to identify possible barriers to residents.

The Americans with Disabilities Act, is a law that bans discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, public accommodations, public services, transportation and telecommunications. It’s viewed as the most comprehensive civil rights law for people with disabilities.

The City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department and Department of Civil Rights organized the celebration in partnership with the Minneapolis Advisory Committee on People with Disabilities, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the Metropolitan Council.

14 Neighborhoods receive funding through the Community Innovation Fund Program

The Community Innovation Fund provides grants to Minneapolis neighborhood organizations to foster innovative and locally relevant approaches to City-identified goals. The aim of the program is to provide funding for projects to test concepts in neighborhoods that may later be replicated throughout Minneapolis.

Recently the City Council approved 14 neighborhoods from around the City funding to complete these new projects. They are:

  • Bottineau Neighborhood Association, $16,000
  • Central Neighborhood Association, $30,000
  • Citizens for a Loring Park Community, $15,000
  • Cleveland Neighborhood Association, $20,000
  • East Phillips Improvement Coalition, $25,000
  • Harrison Neighborhood Association, $15,000
  • Holland Neighborhood Association, $15,000
  • Longfellow Community Council, $18,000
  • Lyndale Neighborhood Association, $30,000
  • Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, $26,000
  • Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, $25,000
  • Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association, $15,000
  • Ventura Village, $25,000
  • Windom Park Citizens in Action, $25,000.

For project narratives and more information, please visit:http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/programs/CommunityInnovationFund.

Stay current on the work of the Access and Outreach Team

Each community served by the Neighborhood and Community Relations department Access and Outreach team now have webpages designated for their work. Check them out here: http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/ncr/outreach/index.htm.

Cart rollout for citywide organics starts Aug. 10


If you are one of about 7,000 households signed up and living in the first phase areas of citywide organics collection, you’ll soon get to start. City crews will deliver the first green organics cartsAug. 10-Sept. 18.

Minneapolis residents are great recyclers, and now they can keep even more useful materials out of the trash. More than 31,000 households have signed up for green organics recycling carts. To take part, residents must sign up by contacting Solid Waste and Recycling at 612-673-2917 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Fridayor SWRcustomer@minneapolismn.gov.

The second phase of the rollout begins in the spring of 2016.  Once the rollout is complete, all Solid Waste and Recycling customers who sign up will be able to take part. More information is available at www.minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics.

City publishes 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

You can now see the City’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and updated balance sheet on the City’s financial transparency web page:minneapolismn.opengov.com.

The report presents the official audited financial report for the City as of the close of the 2014 fiscal year end. It includes both financial and non-financial statistical information about the City as of 2014.

To see the report, go to minneapolismn.opengov.com and click on “filters.” A link to “ 2014 CAFR” will appear at the bottom of the left side menu.

The City is pleased to have received the “Certificate for Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” from the Government Financial Officers Association for its CAFR  for the last 44 years. .

The City launched its financial transparency website last February. The online tool provides historical financial data for the City from 2008 to the current year. Each year, following budget approval, a new year of data will be added giving the public a rolling multi-year snapshot of revenue and expenditure trends. In addition, year-to-date monthly data will also be made available. The next major update of the site will be the addition of the Mayor’s recommended 2016 budget following her August budget address. Questions about this report should be directed to Connie Griffith, City Controller, atconnie.griffith@minneapolismn.gov

Upcoming Events

8/1: Owamni Falling Water Festival

8/2: Open Streets East Lake Street

8/2: Victory Neighborhood Garden Tour

8/4: National Night Out

8/4-8/5: Stand Down for Veterans

8/6: 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965: Stay Restless

8/7–8/9: Uptown Art Fairand CARAG Pop Booth

8/8- 8/9: Loring Park Art Festival

8/8- 8/9: Powderhorn Art Fair

8/8: Honoring Community through Strength and Healing Powwow

8/8: Whittier Youth Field Day

8/9: Hennepin County Fix-It Clinic

8/10: Armatage Summer Festival

8/13: Longfellow Annual Corn Feed

8/13: Live on the Drive

8/13: Linden Hills Corn Feed

8/15: Kingfield Garden to Table Dinner

8/16: Open Streets Franklin Avenue

8/21: Fix-It Tech Event

8/23: Open Streets Downtown

8/29: Beltrami Summer Festival

Visit the Community Calendar for full event details.

The City is now accpeting applications for Police Cadets

The City of Minneapolis Police Department is now accepting applications for Police Cadets. The application period is open now through August 21st.Click here to learn more.

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department

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

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