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 the conference is expected to bring 500 to 600 people to the city from across the country in May of 2013. This provides an opportunity for people from all backgrounds and perspectives to discuss the pressing issues of the times, share experiences and learn from each other.

The City's Neighborhood and Community Relations Department (NCR), in collaboration with Meet Minneapolis, will plan and develop the conference.  City Council President Barb Johnson and Mayor R.T. Rybak will serve as the lead elected officials. The Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) will also assist with planning for the conference.

Minneapolis is a perfect location for the conference with an alive, vibrant downtown with fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment along Nicollet Mall; the Warehouse District and Hennepin Theatre District; year-round outdoor festivals; farmers markets; spectacular natural surroundings with 22 lakes and more than 50 miles of biking, hiking, skiing and driving paths; and 6,000 acres of parkland. 

Created in 1975, NUSA’s organizational mission has been to build and strengthen neighborhood associations and to promote productive communications and collaborations between those associations and both the public and private sectors. For more than 30 years, the organization has served these broad objectives in part through holding an annual 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 work of the NCR Department is supported by the new resident-based Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC).

Meet Minneapolis, the Official Convention and Visitors Association, is a private, not-for-profit, member-based association. It actively promotes the Minneapolis area as a venue for conventions and meetings and markets the city as a desirable tourist destination to bring a positive economic impact to the greater Minneapolis area.

Published Oct 8, 2010