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David Rubedor appointed to City’s newly-created Neighborhood & Community Relations department
Dec. 18, 2008 (MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis’ City Coordinator has named David Rubedor as the senior project manager for the City’s newly created Neighborhood and Community Relations Department. Rubedor will begin his role as a transition manager in January 2009, and will work with Minneapolis neighborhoods and City elected officials and staff to develop the City’s future neighborhood programming plans.
"David is a perfect match for the task of helping strengthen the City’s connection with neighborhoods," said Mayor R.T. Rybak. "I am especially pleased he has experience in neighborhoods and can help us deliver on the promise of breaking down the walls to let good ideas flow back and forth with neighborhoods."
Rubedor has more than 10 years of experience as executive director of area nonprofit organizations, providing leadership through strategic planning, personnel and financial management, and board development. He currently serves as the executive director of PRG, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides affordable housing, community development and other housing services in a number of Minneapolis neighborhoods and beyond.
"David is an excellent choice to help develop our new department and program," said City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren, who chaired the Community Engagement Task Force. "I know David from his work in the neighborhoods and the broader community, and it’s hard to imagine a more fitting person for this position."
In this role and in his previous position as executive director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Rubedor has developed extensive knowledge and experience with neighborhoods, community advocacy, and policy and program development. He also served as a volunteer on the City’s Community Engagement Task Force last year.
"It’s clear that David is very motivated to build upon the strong foundation of community and neighborhood engagement we already have in place in our city," said City Coordinator Steven Bosacker. "His extensive knowledge and experience will be a great asset as we work toward the goals the City set for the future of community engagement and strong, vital neighborhoods."
"I really value the time and commitment many people have already put into creating a strong future for community engagement in Minneapolis," said Rubedor. "I’m excited to continue that work because I think it has tremendous possibilities. The chance to work with neighborhoods and create a system that supports and furthers the work of our communities makes this an exciting endeavor."
Because the state legislation that funded NRP sunsets in 2009, City leaders have been working since 2006 to improve the City’s community engagement system and to find ways to make sure neighborhoods remain a valued part of the City’s culture, serving as a link between City government, residents and businesses. That work has centered around creating a community engagement system that allows City government and neighborhoods to work more closely together, while being more accountable and transparent to taxpayers.
The Minneapolis City Council completed its work on a framework for the future of neighborhood programming in the fall of 2008 and established the new Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to begin in 2009. The new department will directly serve Minneapolis residents and also offer City employees with a central resource for assistance in engaging neighborhoods and the public in City government issues and decision-making.
The new department is charged with strengthening our City’s quality of life through vigorous community participation, promoting resident involvement in neighborhood and community organizations, and supporting clearly defined links between the City, City services and neighborhood and community organizations. As the senior project manager for the department, Rubedor will begin by working through the transition for neighborhood programming and on the move of current City staff to the new department.
The department will initially include current staff from several City departments, including the City’s community engagement coordinator (currently in the Communications Department), staff from Multi-Cultural Services (currently in the Civil Rights Department), and the homelessness coordinator (currently in Intergovernmental Relations). The City Council approved the department’s 2009 budget of approximately $1 million on Dec. 11.
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Published Dec. 18, 2008