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Minneapolis City Council moves forward on plan for NRP’s future

Dec. 20, 2007 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today, the Minneapolis City Council’s Committee of the Whole and Mayor R.T. Rybak were presented with a proposed "Framework for the Future" of the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP). The framework, which looks at the focus, funding, and governance of the NRP, was put together by a work group that included representation from the City Council, Mayor Rybak’s office, and the director of NRP.  During the first quarter of 2008 neighborhood organizations, community stakeholders and representatives from other governmental jurisdictions will have various opportunities to provide comments on the framework.

"This planning process reflects our commitment to finding a way to support and fund neighborhood organizations into the future, and to strengthen the relationships between our communities and City government," said Mayor Rybak.

"This framework advances the discussion of the continuation of NRP beyond 2009 and 2010," said City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren, who chaired the NRP work group. "This report represents our position that it is important to the City that NRP continue beyond the sunset of its funding in 2009. It is the culmination of years of studies and evaluations of the program. Now we can continue the discussion of NRP’s future with our neighborhoods and other stakeholders in a more structured and constructive way."

Taken together, the recommendations will preserve neighborhood groups’ autonomy and provide funding to those groups for administrative support and discretionary funding.  The recommendations also call for more resident oversight of the City’s community participation efforts and reworking the City’s organizational structure toward a greater alignment of neighborhoods’ visions and City goals and processes.

The group’s charge was to frame options for:

1. A proposed administrative structure to support community engagement activities;

2. Expectations of services community or neighborhood organizations would provide through citizen participation contracts; and

3. Extending or not a formal program of using discretionary funds for community-initiated projects.

Community meeting dates to discuss the framework have yet to be scheduled.

To view the full report of "Framework for the Future," go to the Citys NCR website.

Public and community leaders originally conceived of NRP in the late 1980s as a way to invest in neighborhoods and quell the trend of people moving from urban areas into the suburbs.

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Published Dec 20, 2007