Contact: Casper Hill, City of Minneapolis 612-673-2342
Community Connections Conference tomorrow
Onsite registration available
March 31, 2017 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis kicks off its sixth annual Community Connections Conference – Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity – at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Saturday, April 1. Onsite registration will be available. The conference theme promotes building a broad-based effort between the city, neighborhood, community groups and residents to collectively build a stronger Minneapolis.
The conference will feature 78 exhibitors from community organizations, nonprofits and 16 City departments in the exhibit hall. Conference Learning Lab workshops will cover a range of topics such as understanding the current state of immigration, all about youth, and alternative pathways to home ownership. The conference is a free, family friendly event with American Sign Language, Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Lao and Oromo interpreters.
Dr. Rose M. Brewer will keynote the conference lunch program, and attendees will see performances from Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, a Mexica-based dance group and Siengkane Lao Dance Team. Robert Lilligren, a former City of Minneapolis City Council member, will be the master of ceremonies for the lunch program. The brothers Thorne and Wakinyan LaPointe will perform the opening ceremony.
All are welcome to make their voices heard; participate in interactive sessions and robust learning; and enjoy a delicious free lunch from multicultural caterers.
Community Connections Conference
8 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, April 1 (check-in and onsite registration start at 7:30 a. m.)
Minneapolis Convention Center
The conference features three tracks:
Your city: The Community Connections Conference will feature an opportunity to participate in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s 20-year vision to direct the physical development of the city into the future. Discuss the big ideas for the direction of the city on such topics as growth, equity, resiliency, economic competiveness and civic technology. Learn more at minneapolis2040.com.
Your neighborhood: The current neighborhood structure of the Community Participation Program is set to end in 2020. This is an opportunity for neighborhood organization staff, board members and residents to help plan for the future of neighborhood organizations and their roles in communities beyond 2020.
Your voice: Community engagement plays a crucial role in shaping City policy. This track will focus on ways residents can connect with City leaders, find out how to serve on City boards and commissions, and engage Minneapolis’ diverse communities. The Minneapolis Neighborhood and Community Relations Department hosts the conference annually in partnership with City departments, neighborhood organizations and community partners.
Published Mar 30, 2017