Submit your feedback about the City’s framework for neighborhood engagement by March 18th
The City of Minneapolis’s neighborhood support program is ending soon, and the future of neighborhood organizations will be different—possibly drastically different. We need your feedback to shape the future of neighborhood organizations like Steven Square Community Organization (SSCO).
The City’s Neighborhood & Community Relations department has proposed a framework for this future called “Neighborhoods 2020.” We’re asking you to help us provide a response to the framework.
What is “Neighborhoods 2020”?
It is a document that defines how the City will provide support for neighborhood organizations, and what it expects of these organizations in return. The full Neighborhoods 2020 proposal is available at these links in four languages:
How was this document put together so far?
The City Council, the elected panel of people representing and making decisions for the citizens of Minneapolis, established three work groups to provide initial recommendations. The staff in the Neighborhood & Community Relations department, an official office in the City dedicated to linking local government to its citizens through the work of neighborhood organizations, provided the recommendations in this document.
Why should I comment? What does this have to do with me?
As a resident of Minneapolis, you are just as important as any other resident. Historically many people have been left out of decisions affecting their future, and it’s everyone’s right and responsibility to engage as much as they can. Your neighborhood organization does important things to improve safety, comfort, political power, and social connections between residents. Decisions about neighborhoods will affect your daily life. You deserve to have a say in it.
How can I participate?
SSCO is soliciting input a few ways:
- Providing an online form where folks can read the Neighborhoods 2020 document and write their opinions about various parts of it. Find the form at tinyurl.com/sscoN2020.
- Providing physical comment boxes in a couple physical locations where community members can easily leave feedback without computer access. Comment boxes will be available at:
- The Third Avenue Towers – 1707 3rd Avenue South
- Additional locations to be announced, please let us know if you want to host a comment box.
- We will be posting about key aspects of the proposal on our Facebook page and encouraging discussions there.
We will be collecting this feedback until March 18th so we have time to compile it before the City’s March 31st deadline. If you have additional comments after March 18th, please submit them directly to the City.
Then what happens?
The Neighborhood & Community Relations department will finalize these recommendations based on public comments and bring them to City Council for approval. Recommendations will inform future resources and structure for Minneapolis’s neighborhood organizations.
I’ve got more questions!
Where’s the link to that form again?
Right here: https://tinyurl.com/sscoN2020