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NRP work group makes progress toward completion of a community engagement plan proposal

June 19, 2008 (MINNEAPOLIS) Today, the Minneapolis City Council Comm itt ee of the Whole heard a report from the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) Work Group on its progress toward shaping a proposal for the future of a neighborhood and community engagement program.

City leaders have been working since 2006 to improve the City’s community engagement system and to address how community engagement is affected by changes in population demographics, financial constraints, and the approaching sunset of legislation that created the funding source for the NRP. This effort seeks to ensure that neighborhoods remain a valued part of the City’s culture and serve as an important link between City government and our residents and businesses.

As part of that process, the City set up the NRP Work Group, which is currently adding detail to a program proposal that continues the work of the NRP and strengthens the partnership between neighborhoods and the City. The Work Group expects to present the completed program proposal to the Committee of the Whole on July 24.

Components of the program proposal will be acted upon by various City Council Committees later this summer. September is the target for finalizing actions through the committees, followed by work in the fall to establish a transition plan for the coming years.

In December 2007, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt Core Principles of Community Engag ement that guide the City’s work with its residents and businesses. The core principles and the other recommendations developed by the Community Engagement Task Force informed the NRP Work Group’s initial report, the "Framework for the Future" that was also presented to Mayor R.T. Rybak and the Committee of the Whole in December.

To sign up for e-mail updates on the process, please visit Community Engagement.

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Published Jun 19, 2008