Neighborhood & Community Relations

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



    Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis


Images from the 2015 Community Connections Conference

Call for conference exhibitors opens February 8th

Conference registration opens February 29th


Save the Date for the 4th annual Community Connections Conference - Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis - being held on Saturday, April 2nd from 8:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The conference is FREE to all participants. 

The conference theme - Big Ideas: Your Minneapolis – invites you to join neighbors, community members, non-profit organizations, business leaders, members of Minneapolis’ design community, developers and City and Elected Officials to think BIG about the future of Minneapolis.

The conference features three tracks: 

Your City: The Community Connections Conference will be the kick-off for Minneapolis 2040, a three-year planning process for the City’s Comprehensive Plan. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s twenty-year vision to direct the logical and coordinated physical development of the city into the future. Learn about the Comprehensive Plan process and participate in discussions on the big ideas for the direction of the city on such topics as growth, equity, resiliency, economic competiveness, and civic technology.

Your Neighborhood: The current neighborhood structure of the Community Participation Program is set to end in the year 2020. This is an opportunity for neighborhood organization staff, board members and residents to help plan a vision for the future of neighborhoods and their role in community beyond the year 2020.

Your Voice:  Community engagement plays a crucial role in shaping City policy. This track will focus on how residents can engage with City leaders, learn how to serve on City boards and commissions and engage our cultural communities.

Key Deadlines:

Monday, Feb. 8, 2016Village Square registration opens
Monday, Feb. 29, 2016Registration opens
Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2016Village Square registration closes
Friday, Mar. 25, 2015Registration closes

Conference Schedule:

7:30a.m.Registration Opens
8:45– 9:15 a.m.Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.Learning Lab 1
10:30 – 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 a.m. – 12:00p.m.Learning Lab 2
12:00-1:30 p.m.Lunch and Program
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.Break
1:45- 3:00 p.m.Learning Lab 3

Members of the Workgroup are:  Braulio Carrasco, NCEC;Nick Cichowicz, NCEC; Nasser Mussa, NCEC; Cathy Spann, JACC; Amanda Vallone, CIDNA; Beth Elliott, CPED; Haila Maze, CPED; Cheyenne Brodeen, NCR; Michelle Chavez, NCR; Christina Kendrick, NCR; David Rubedor, NCR.

This year’s conference is being planned in partnership between the Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department, the City’s Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) department and by the Community Connections Conference Workgroup made up of representatives from neighborhood organizations, the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and City staff.

Past Conference Reports:

For reasonable accommodations or alternative formats please contact the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department at 612-673-3737. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can use a relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000. TTY users call 612-673-2157 or 612-673-2626.

Para asistencia 612-673-2700 - Rau kev pab 612-673-2800 - Hadii aad Caawimaad u baahantahay 612-673-3500.



Last updated Feb 5, 2016