First-ever Community Connections Conference is Feb. 11

There’s still time to register for the first-ever Community Connections Conference set for Saturday, Feb. 11 at the St. Mary’s University Event Center – 2540 Park Ave. S. (formerly known as the Zuhrah Shrine Event Center)

The conference, which is being hosted by the Neighborhood and Community Relations department, is designed for City Departments, neighborhood organizations, cultural communities, nonprofit organizations and residents to share best practices of neighborhood engagement. The conference will also 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. 

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 Feb 1, 2012