350 S. 5th St., Room 331
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-2100
Fax: (612) 673-2305
TTY: (612) 673-2157
The Minneapolis Promise
Innovative programs to help Minneapolis students go to college.
You^th Are Here Buses — Kids ride free to parks, libraries, and activities.
About the Mayor
R.T. Rybak was elected Mayor of Minneapolis in 2001 in his first run for public office, and was overwhelmingly reelected in 2005 and 2009. Since then, he has won strong results for Minneapolis in:
· Running the city well. Under Mayor Rybak’s leadership, the City of Minneapolis has paid down $350 million in debt, cut spending by 16%, saved taxpayers millions and protected pensioners by reforming pensions, and relieved pressure on property taxes by passing the stadium/Target Center deal. As a result, Mayor Rybak has cut the 2014 property-tax levy, the first time the levy will decrease in in 30 years. Under Mayor Rybak’s leadership, the City of Minneapolis also instituted Results Minneapolis, Minneapolis 311 and Wireless Minneapolis, which made Minneapolis the nation’s first fully wireless city. · Making Minneapolis a safe place to call home. In 2011 and 2012, violent crime in Minneapolis fell to the lowest levels since 1983, with property crime at the lowest levels since the early 1960s. To respond to the upcoming “silver tsunami” of retirements in the Police and Fire Departments, Mayor Rybak has proposed to add a new cadet class of 30 and 20 new Community Service Officers in the Police Department, and three new classes of 15 cadets each in the Fire Department. He has also proposed new hiring pipelines that will help ensure that those departments look like the city that they serve. · Growing the city. Mayor Rybak has led a multi-pronged approach to growing jobs and the economy through, among other strategies, growing the high-tech and green-economy sectors, giving small businesses innovative tools to help them succeed, fostering innovation, increasing regional cooperation, and investing heavily in training and placing hard-to-employ and displaced workers in fast-growing sectors. He is focused on closing racial disparities in employment and entrepreneurship, and is pursuing the goal of adding 65,000 residents by 2025, primarily along transit corridors. He is also leading the effort to green downtown through redesigning Nicollet Mall and building The Yard, a new three-block park between downtown and the new stadium. Mayor Rybak has led efforts to build the amenities and business climate that attract talent: in the last 10 years, Minneapolis has topped multiple national lists of the best cities to live, work, visit, raise a family and do business.
· Building the common ground. Under Mayor Rybak’s leadership, options for transit and non-motorized transportation have expanded greatly: Minneapolis is now served by light rail and bus rapid transit, and has been named the #1 or #2 bike city in America as well as one of the most sustainable cities in in the world. Mayor Rybak is also putting in place a plan to add a network of modern streetcars.
· Helping all children succeed. Mayor Rybak founded the Minneapolis Promise, which provides young people with free college and career counseling, free and low-cost access to college, and high-quality summer jobs. Since 2004, the STEP-UP summer jobs program has placed 18,000 youth — 86% of whom are youth of color — in real-life jobs with Minneapolis’ best private, public and nonprofit employers. He is working closely with Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson and the Board of Education to end the dramatic achievement gap in our public schools, help implement the Superintendent’s Shift initiative, and help all children succeed.
Mayor Rybak, a Minneapolis native, lives in the East Harriet neighborhood with his wife Megan O’Hara, a communications consultant and local-food researcher and advocate. They have two grown children, Charlie and Grace.
Mayor Rybak is completing his 12th year as mayor of Minneapolis. He is not seeking a fourth term this year and will leave office at the end of 2013.
Last updated Oct. 29, 2013