City to host first-ever Communities Connections Conference

The Neighborhood and Community Relations department is hosting the first-ever Communities Connections Conference Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 at the St. Mary’s University Event Center – 2540 Park Ave. S. (formerly known as the Zuhrah Shrine Event Center). Registration for the event begins Monday, Jan. 9

This new conference is specifically designed for neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations, City departments and residents to share best practices of neighborhood engagement. In addition, the conference will introduce people to new and innovative ideas for working within communities and neighborhoods. A major theme of the conference is building diversity and increasing participation in neighborhood organizations and communities.

The conference will include 16 concurrent workshops. The topics include:  One Minneapolis One Read, bridging the digital divide, reducing waste at local events, social justice, neighborhood safety and success stories of collaborations with City departments. There will also be neighborhood and community booths, a Neighborhood Café, food from communities throughout the city, local cultural entertainment and a closing reception. Angela Glover Blackwell, president and CEO of PolicyLink, a national research and action institute working to advance economic and social equity, will give the keynote address. 

Registration for the event begins Monday, Jan. 9. For more information about the event, visit the Neighborhood and Community Relations website or call Carrie Day Aspinwall at 673-2243.

The Neighborhood and Community Relations department supports the city’s 71 neighborhood organizations, which serve as the City’s primary community engagement infrastructure. The department also has an Access and Outreach team whose focus is to support engagement of all residents particularly where cultural norms or customs, language or disabilities limit access.

 

Published Jan. 4, 2012