Contact: Matt Laible, Communications Dept., (612) 673-2786

Sept. 19, 2008

Council committee to hear input on financing plan for neighborhood revitalization

WHAT: The Minneapolis City Council Ways & Means/Budget Committee will hear community input on the City’s financing plan for continuing the Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP).

WHEN: 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22

WHERE: City Council Chamber, room 317 in City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.

MORE: Mayor R.T. Rybak has recommended $8 million per year for ten years for neighborhood operations and programming to be funded by redevelopment tax increment finance (TIF) districts authorized by the Minnesota Legislature in 2008. This plan is part of a broader set of recommendations from the NRP Work Group, which recommends funding and a governance structure for working in partnership with neighborhood organizations to strengthen community engagement in all aspects of the City.

On Sep. 26 the City Council is scheduled to take action on a proposal to create a Neighborhood and Community Advisory Board that would be staffed by a new City department dedicated to enhancing neighborhood involvement in partnership with the City. The proposed resident-controlled advisory board would provide direction to the Neighborhood Revitalization Program and advise elected officials and City departments on community issues and community participation opportunities.

City leaders have been working since 2006 to improve the City’s community engagement system and 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.

To view the Mayors recommended 2009 budget and the NRP Work Groups final report, visit: Community Engagement .

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Published Sep 19, 2008