Great turnout at Crime and Safety Public Forum

Thank you to everyone that attended tonight’s Crime and Safety Public Forum. Lots of great information shared and questions asked. The DMNA looks forward to continuing the conversation with all of the organizations working to improve the safety and livability of the downtown community.  Below is a link to the PowerPoint presentation that was shown at the forum.




Thank you to our esteemed panel of guest speakers at the Crime and Safety Public Forum:

  • Joseph Descenclos, Minneapolis DID;
  • Heidi Johnston, Minneapolis City Attorneys Office;
  • Inspector Mike Sullivan, Minneapolis Police Department, First Precinct;
  • Gail Baez, Hennepin County Attorneys Office;
  • Shane Zahn, Minneapolis DID Safe Zone;
  • Jose Acuna, Youth Link; and
  • Steve Cramer, Minneapolis Downtown Council

Neighborhoods 2020 Community Conversation scheduled for Tuesday, April 25

The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department will partner with neighborhood organizations to host four to six community conversations on the future role of neighborhood organizations in the City of Minneapolis. These conversations will lead to recommendations to the City Council on the direction of future funding and programming for neighborhood organizations beyond 2020.

The DMNA is partnering with the Citizens for a Loring Park Community, Elliot Park Neighborhoods, Inc., North Loop Neighborhood Association and Stevens Square Community Organization to host one of these conversations on Tuesday, April 25, at Plymouth Congregational Church from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

What is the purpose of these conversations?
To host respectful community conversations about the role of neighborhood organizations, leading to the development of recommendations for City Council in early 2018.

In addition to this main goal, additional goals include:
1. To provide an opportunity for neighborhood organization members, residents and stakeholders to gather and talk about the future of their work.
2. To ensure inclusive and representative conversations by reaching out to cultural community organizations and leaders as well City leaders to hear other perspectives.
3. Experience and learn more about Art of Hosting and provide training on how to use this tool

What are the key questions to be covered?
• What are the unique services provided by neighborhood organizations to residents and the City?
• What is the role of neighborhood organizations with the City government?
• What are the major challenges or barriers neighborhood organizations face in serving their communities or partnering with the City?
• How do we measure the impact of neighborhood work?
• Do we have the right neighborhood infrastructure (number of neighborhoods, programming, changing demographics, resource availability, etc.)?
• What resources are needed (funding, policy changes, training and support, etc.) to help support the goal of supporting inclusive, vibrant and effective neighborhood organizations?

How will the feedback be used and how will outcomes be reported?
Data from the conversations will be posted online NCR staff will do an initial review of data and develop draft findings from the data, and will review these findings with our planning partners and the Neighborhoods 2020 committee for accuracy and integrity. After this review process, a Summary of Findings report will be provided to the Neighborhoods 2020 Committee and then the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission by June, 2017.

DMNA Public Forum: Reducing Violent Crime in Downtown Minneapolis scheduled for March 20, at 5:30 pm

Crime and Safety image for DMNA Website

This forum will address the continuing problem of serious street crime in Downtown West at Hennepin and First Avenues. Representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department, the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Downtown Improvement District / Safe Zone and YouthLink will be on hand to provide crime stats and talk about possible solutions to criminal activity in the downtown community. Secured guest presenters include the following:


  • Joe Tamburino, DMNA Board Chair and forum moderator
  • Lieutenant Christopher House, Minneapolis Police Department, First Precinct;
  • Heidi Johnston, City of Minneapolis, City Attorney’s Office, First Precinct Community Attorney;
  • Shane Zahn, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District / Safe Zone;
  • Steve Cramer, Executive Director of the Minneapolis Downtown Council; and
  • Joseph Acuna from Youth Link

This will be a great opportunity for the community to get information and ask questions. More information to come.


Community Connections Conference on April 1

We invite you to participate in the 6th Annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, April 1!
The conference is designed to showcase and build successful community collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents, and the City. A major theme of the conference is building diversity and capacity of our neighborhood organizations and communities by providing new and innovative ideas through collaboration and participation.

DMNA Land Use Committee on March 7, at 6 pm at the Mill City Museum

The next DMNA Land Use Committee meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 7, at 6 pm at the Mill City Museum in the Cargill Room on the 7th Floor.

Agenda (REVISED)

DMNA Board Meeting February 27 at Open Book

The next DMNA Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 27, at 5:45 p.m., at Open Book in the Performance Hall on the 2nd Floor.


MPRB to present Downtown Service Area Master Plan to DMNA LUC tonight

Representatives from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will present the Draft Downtown Service Area Master Plan to the DMNA Land Use Committee on Tuesday, February 7, at 6 p.m., at the Mill City Museum.  A PDF of the presentation is available below.

DRAFT Downtown Service Area Master Plan


City of Minneapolis – 4th Street Reconstruction Project – Open House Invitation

The City of Minneapolis will be reconstructing 4th Street between 2nd Avenue North and 4th Avenue South. Design and engineering are underway and construction is anticipated to begin in 2018 (see attached flyer for more information).

The Minneapolis Department of Public Works will hold an open house to discuss the project. Please join us to learn more about the project, share information, and provide feedback.

4th Street Open House

  • Date/time: Monday, February 13, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. (short presentation at 4:30 p.m.)
  • Location: Minneapolis Central Library, Doty Room (300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55401)


Riverfront Vitality Forum: Water Over the Dam scheduled for February 28

MRP 02-28-2017 eventDESCRIPTION

St. Anthony Falls is the only waterfall on the Mississippi River, the birthplace of Minneapolis and the centerpiece of the St. Anthony Falls Historic District. While the falls is often celebrated as a centerpiece of beauty and history for our City, less recognized are the myriad demands on the water flowing over the falls, including power generation and research into future ways to enhance and protect the Mississippi River.

Water Over the Dam will present a discussion of the different ways that our community depends on water flowing over the falls. We’ll talk about the falls from the Native American perspective, the industrial perspective, the recreational perspective and the economic one. Come join us! Light refreshments will be provided.


Tue, February 28, 2017

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM CST

Doors open at 5:30, with the program starting at 6.

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Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd Street

Minneapolis, MN 55401


DMNA Land Use Committee meeting on February 7, at the Mill City Museum

The February Land Use Committee meeting will take place on February 7, at the Mill City Museum, in the ADM Room. There are three items on the agenda; the Park and Portland Vision presentation, a presentation on the Downtown Service Area Master Plan, and an update on the 205 Park Avenue project.

02-07-2017 Meeting Agenda – REVISED