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Community Connections Conference

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We count. Community Connections Conference 2020.


  • Feb. 1, 2020, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Check in starts 8 a.m.
  • Program starts 9 a.m.


The Minneapolis Convention Center, lower level, Hall A.

Save the date! The 2020 Community Connections Conference will be on February 1 in the lower level of the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall A. Sign up to receive email updates about the Community Connections Conference by clicking here and entering your email address. 

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About the conference

The Community Connections Conference is an annual free event that fosters connections between the residents of Minneapolis, community groups, neighborhoods and local government. In 2019, 885 people participated. 

In 2019, the conference featured interactive workshops, speakers, an immigration, family and housing legal clinic, free food, panel discussions and over 119 exhibitors.

Get involved

City of Minneapolis departments can sign up to exhibit starting Oct. 2, 2019 at Citytalk/ncr (City intranet).

You can sign up to get involved with next year's conference now.

Add your email address here to receive a notice once exhibitor registration opens for the 2020 Community Connections Conference, once workshop presenter recruitment starts or when Neighborhood and Community Relations seeks community partners or volunteers to help with the conference.

Community partners

Community Partners will 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:

We also ask our community partners to share the conference with their networks and communities.


You can sign up to volunteer at the conference by selecting "I would like to volunteer" on your registration form once registration opens in January 2020.


2018Community Connections Conference attendees conversing in exhibit hall

NCR brings in City of Minneapolis departments, other local government agencies and nonprofit organizations to answer questions about regulations and ordinances and share resources. Each year, exhibitors use the conference as an opportunity to ask for the public's opinion on important initiatives or proposals.

Last year's exhibit hall featured information and resources from 119 different community groups and public agencies. Read more on the exhibitor page.

Highlights from last conference

The 2019 conference theme was "Together: mobilizing for a better Minneapolis."


2019 opening panel

Facilitator Keno Evol and Panelists Jen Arnold Rory Wakemup and MeLea Connelly 2019 Community Connections Conference

The last conference included a robust conversation about connecting community activism to systemic change. Facilitated by Keno Evol of Black Table Arts, panelists included Jen Arnold of Inquilinxs Unidxs por Justicia (United Renters for Justice), artist Rory Wakemup of Wakemup Productions, and Me’Lea Connelly of Village Financial Cooperative.

2019 workshops

            Collaborative Public
            Safety Strategies project at Little Earth presentation at

Family One Community
exhibiting at the 2018 Community Connections Conference

Neighborhood Showcase at 2018 Community Connections Conference

In 2019, workshops covered topics including:

Sponsors & community partners

Thank you to the 2019 conference sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Metro Transit. 

Our community partners in 2019 were Minneapolis American Indian Center, Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES), Turning Point, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota and the Lao Advancement Organization of America.

The legal clinic was made possible by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, The Advocates for Human Rights, the Volunteer Lawyers Network and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.

Last updated Oct 2, 2019



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