Community Connections Conference
The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that fosters connections between the residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government.
The 2020 conference took place on February 1 from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. and had over 1000 participants throughout the day.
The conference features important information, networking opportunities, panels, speakers, performances, free food and over 100 exhibitor spaces.
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Whova conference app
This year we used a mobile-friendly web page and app, Whova to publish the conference schedule, breakout sessions, exhibitors and more. Take a sneak peek today https://whova.com/web/commu_202002.
You can log in and personalize your schedule or download the app for offline viewing with invitation code "wecount"
Welcoming ceremony – We count in 2020
We held a welcoming ceremony in the exhibit hall featuring Titambe West African Dance Ensemble, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec dancers, Lao Women Friendship Club, the Somali Museum Dance Troupe and Native American dancers Joe Artishon and Miiskogihmiiwan Poupart-Chapman.
Breakout sessions could include workshops, panel discussions, round table discussions or open houses. Read the 2020 conference breakout session descriptions on the event program page here.
Each year we seek breakout sessions and exhibits that align with the conference objectives and theme. You can sign up to be notified when partner, exhibitor or breakout session recruitment begins in 2021.
You can sign up to volunteer here. Select which shifts and volunteer roles work best for you.
The Community Connections Conference exhibit hall features resources and information from City of Minneapolis departments,community groups and public agencies. Read more and see the list of exhibits from 2020 on the exhibitor page.
Our conference community partners in 2020 included Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), the Franklin Library, We Are Still Here, African Community Services, PICA Head Start, the Hmong American Leadership Council, the Center for Laotian-American International Development.
Community partners advise organizers about important conference features to ensure it serves the needs of all Minneapolis residents. Some of the decisions community partners advise on include:
- Conference format
- Topics of interest
- Workshop presenters and keynote speakers
- Outreach plan
We also ask our community partners to share the conference with their networks and communities.
The Community Connections Conference 2020 was made possible by support from the City of Minneapolis, Comcast NBC Universal, Spin, CenterPoint Energy, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allina Health and MetroTransit.
Conference theme and objectives
By using the theme "We count," we are saying that all communities are welcome and valued in Minneapolis and calling on communities to get involved in decision-making in 2020. Residents can get involved by committing to get counted in the US census, vote, join an advisory committee or neighborhood board, learn about important local issues and City policies or volunteer with a community organization.
We host this conference so that:
- Residents, community groups, neighborhood organizations, City of Minneapolis departments and decision-makers collaborate and connect with each other to solve community problems.
- All communities feel welcome to interact with or get involved in local decision-making.
- Residents learn about programs and policies that affect them.
Last updated Feb 19, 2020