City Council approves policy priorities for City’s Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan
The City Council today approved policy priorities for the City’s first-ever Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan, a four-year plan that embeds racial equity principles into all aspects of the City’s work and defines goals that can be objectively measured and inform resource decisions.
The City’s three policy priorities include:
- Reducing involuntary displacement in rental housing for black, indigenous and people of color communities.
- Increasing the number of Minneapolis-based businesses owned by black, indigenous and people of color; and increase businesses with black, indigenous and people of color ownership that are still in business after five years.
- Increasing the number of black, indigenous and people of color ages 10 to 24 years living in higher violence areas of Minneapolis who participate in high quality youth programs.
Responding to the urgent need to prioritize and address historic racial disparities in Minneapolis, this is the first time the City has merged its strategic planning with a racial equity framework.
The Strategic Racial Equity and Action Plan also builds on Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan and will inform the City’s budgets in 2020 and beyond. Minneapolis 2040’s first goal is to eliminate disparities and a targeted number of policy areas from the plan have been identified as the policy priorities for the Strategic and Racial Equity Action Plan.
Additionally, the Council adopted eight goals earlier this year to guide the plan and four City enterprise goals in December 2018 as part of the action plan: increasing the retention of racially and ethnically diverse employees; diversifying the City’s vendor base; improving the use of racially-disaggregated data in policymaking; and improving the capacity of the City’s boards and commissions to advance racial equity work.
As for next steps, the City’s Racial Equity Community Advisory Committee will provide an annual evaluation report to the community on the City’s progress in closing racial disparities. The City’s Racial Equity Steering Committee will also monitor the City’s progress and provide regular updates to the City Council. City departments will also use existing reporting and monitoring processes to report progress on goals, including the Results Minneapolis program and the City Council committee reporting structures.
Published Jul 25, 2019