Minneapolis to host 2013 Neighborhoods USA Conference
Minneapolis has been selected as host city for the 2013 Neighborhoods USA (NUSA) Conference. NUSA is a national non-profit organization committed to building and strengthening neighborhood organizations and to promote productive communications and collaborations between those organizations and both the public and private sectors. This conference provides Minneapolis a unique opportunity to show off its rich diversity and the innovative work in our well-established network of neighborhood organizations to a national audience. It is also a chance for people from all backgrounds and perspectives to network, discuss the pressing issues of the times, share experiences and offer encouragement or assistance.
Hosting NUSA in May of 2013 will be a tremendous honor and Minneapolis is excited to have 500 to 600 people from across the country visiting our city. This is a perfect location for the conference with our commitment to neighborhoods, citizen participation and community involvement as integral to the success of our city. Minneapolis also offers a vibrant downtown, the richness of diversity in our neighborhoods, a wealth of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
The City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR), in collaboration with Meet Minneapolis will plan and develop the conference. Mayor R.T. Rybak, City Council President Johnson and Council Vice President Lilligren will serve as the lead elected officials’. The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) will also assist with planning for the conference.
Each year the NUSA Board solicits nominations to recognize the commitment of neighborhoods, governments, businesses, and neighborhood friendly individuals or enterprises in awarding "Neighborhood of the Year" (NOTY), Who’s Who in Neighborhoods, Dawson awards, when applicable and "Best Neighborhood Program" Awards.
The NCR Department of the City of Minneapolis serves both residents and neighborhood organizations directly and supports all other City departments with enterprise guidance in the realm of strong neighborhood and community relationships. The department is charged with strengthening our city’s quality of life through vigorous community participation, resident involvement in neighborhood and community organizations and supporting clearly defined links between the City, City services and neighborhood and community organizations. The work of the NCR Department is supported by the new resident-based Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC).
October 7, 2010
Published Oct. 7, 2010