Community Connections Conference
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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.
The conference features important information, networking opportunities, panels, speakers, performances, free food and over 100 exhibitors spaces.
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- Check-in, network, exhibit hall opens: 8 a.m.
- Opening ceremony, performances: 9-10 a.m.
- Morning breakout sessions: 10:30 a.m.
- Lunch in exhibit hall: 12-1 p.m.
- Afternoon breakout sessions: 1:15 p.m.
- Closing session: 3-4 p.m.
Whova conference app
This year we are moving the conference into the digital age with a mobile-friendly web page and app. Use Whova to access 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
Join community leaders and elected officials for an energizing welcome in multiple languages with inspiring performances and speakers to kick off the conference and share how we will ensure that everyone counts in 2020. We will hold this welcoming ceremony in the exhibit hall featuring Titambe West African Dance Ensemble, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli Aztec dancers, Lao Women Friendship Club, 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 session descriptions on the event program page here (you must scroll down to see afternoon sessions).
If you have questions or comments about breakout sessions, please email: [email protected].
Finish the day with elected officials in an interactive closing forum and call to action. Each of us has an important role to play to ensure that we all count.
Each year we seek breakout sessions and exhibits that align with the conference objectives and theme. Though, exhibitor and breakout session recruitment has ended for 2020, 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 confirmed exhibits on the exhibitor page.
Our conference community partners in 2020 include 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 is 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 Jan 29, 2020