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Minneapolis makes appointments to the new Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission

Feb. 6, 2009 (MINNEAPOLIS) The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor R.T. Rybak today approved the City’s appointments to the new Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC). The seven appointees approved by the Mayor and City Council will join eight people appointed by Minneapolis neighborhoods and one person appointed by the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to form the NCEC.

In September 2008, City leaders approved establishing a Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission, a group of 16 residents appointed to oversee the City’s relationship with neighborhoods, community organizations and the crucial link between City services and its residents. The commission will be charged with providing direction to the next phase of community engagement in Minneapolis and be primarily responsible for the review of neighborhood plans. The commission will also make recommendations to the City Council on allocation of a variety of types of funding to neighborhoods.

The Mayor and City Council’s appointees and the neighborhoods the live in are Tony Anastasia, Audubon Park; David Crockett, Stevens Square/Loring Heights; Crystal Johnson, Near North; Ed Newman, Loring Park; Matt Perry, East Harriet/Farmstead; Breanne Rothstein, Windom; Jeffrey Strand, Shingle Creek.

"The creation of the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission reflects the City’s commitment to community engagement. It is an important step as we improve upon how City government works with our residents," Mayor Rybak said. "Through the commission, residents have more representation and more influence over decisions that affect neighborhoods. The NCEC will also add more accountability and transparency to the work we do, which taxpayers deserve."

"We were lucky to have great candidates for these appointments, and I’m looking forward to working with them as we move forward with NRP in Minneapolis," said City Council Vice President Robert Lilligren, who chaired the Community Engagement Task Force. "This new commission will be a critical link between City government and the neighborhoods we all serve. This group of people has invaluable experience working in their neighborhoods and making connections in the community, and their service on this new commission will be a tremendous asset to Minneapolis."

To learn more about Minneapolis Community Engagement work, visit Community Engagement .

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Published Feb 6, 2009