Progression of NCR Neighborhood 2020 Program Guidelines

What will the next generation of City neighborhood program look like beyond 2020?

Final Phase of Neighborhoods 2020. The City has selected the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) as the contractor to help with the final phase of Neighborhoods 2020 where program guidelines and goals will be developed. CURA has experience working with many neighborhood organizations to create strategic initiatives, planning and board development and may be reaching out to community members and neighborhood organizations in the coming weeks. On September 16, CURA will join with Neighborhood and Community Relations staff to update the Council’s Public Health, Environment, Civil Rights and Engagement Committee (PECE) on a revised timeline and scope of work. You can find more about the work CURA will be doing for us at


Proposed Scope of Services for Neighborhoods 2020:Minneapolis has a vibrant network of neighborhoods comprised of 84 distinctresidentialneighborhoods that are served by 70 neighborhood organizations. The City of Minneapolis supports those organizations in a variety of ways, most notably through the support and services offered directly by the City’s Neighborhood and Community Relations department (“NCR”). City funding for neighborhood associations is expected to run out by the end of December 2020, and the City has been looking at ways in which to provide sustainable funding and support to neighborhood associations in the future. To that end, the City has recently approved the Neighborhood 2020 Framework that includes a variety of activities –from community engagement to program guideline recommendations. To support staff in these efforts, NCR has proposed contracting with a consultant(s) on the below scope of activities. The City may select more than one vendor to perform the work. Vendors proposing partial services shall so specify and identify which portions of the scope they will be able to deliver. Proposed vendors shall assist City staff in various activities related to the neighborhood 2020 framework, including:

•Assisting in the development of program guidelines and goals, including a logic model with inputs, activities, outcomes, metrics for evaluation,monitoring and accountability. This work shall include community engagement with residents at the “Collaborate” level of engagement based on the International Association of Public Participation Spectrum.

•Assisting in the development of templates for the Diversity Action Plan and Outreach Plan, ensure a racial equity focus and alignment with the City’s Strategic Racial Equity Action Plan.

•Assisting in the review of NCR services and support to and for neighborhood organizations.

•Convene the Governance and Funding workgroups and including additional stakeholders such as, but not limited to NRP Policy Board Members, NCEC Commissioners, and members of neighborhood associations.

•Assist City staff in developing recommendations for a budget-neutral structure aimed at supporting neighborhood associations. Such recommendations shall be designed to in such a way not to exceed the $4.1 million currently allocated to neighborhood organizations.

•The proposed program guidelines and logic model are to be reported backto the PECE Committee on October 28, 2019. A 45-day public comment period is required prior to submission to PECE Committee.

•The final draft is to go before the PECE Committee on November 18, 2019, with final approval by the City Council on November 22, 2019.Additional assumptions for this work to include:

•A racial analysis framework shall be part of all aspects of the work performed.

•Community engagement shall ensure that an emphasis be placed on community members that are not currently engaged in neighborhood associations and renters.

•The consultant(s)will meet bimonthly with an internal City steering committee comprised of NCR Director, NCR lead staff, PECE Committee Chair, two Council Members, a representative from the Mayor’s Office, the Chief Financial Officer, and the City Coordinator.

•The consultant(s) may be required to present findings, recommendations or methodology to the City Council and other significant stakeholders. Given the quick reporting back timeframes, successful vendors will need to demonstrate:

•Extensive familiarity with community and neighborhood organizations/associations.

•Experience with logic models and racial equity concepts and analysis.

•Extensive experience convening community and neighborhood organizations.

•Proven experience reviewing and working with community-focused or place-based budgetary allocation models.

•Proven track record of meaningful and programmatically-focused community engagement, including evidence of measurable and tangible deliverables


February 27, 2019:

SCNA board members and staff attended the NCR led February 27th, 2019 Public Comment meeting held at Eastside Neighborhood Services. SCNA has submitted a letter to Mayor Frey and CM Cunningham as a result of that meeting. Meeting notes from that meeting can be found here.

The Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association has signed on to a response letter of the Northside Neighborhood Council, a collective meeting group of local individual Northside neighborhood organizations, regarding the proposed guidelines.

Here’s a few other comment letters from across the city:

Nick Chichowitz Chair of the Neighborhood Community Engagement Commission and member of the NCR WorkGroup 2 to Mayor and Council March 19, 2019.

Longfellow Messenger: CM Andrew Johnson speaks out about this proposed plan as a “recipe for failure”.

Northeaster Newspaper Feb 2019

Longfellow Neighborhood Council response letter

Elliot Park Neighborhood Association response letter

Bryn Mawr Neighborhood Association response letter

Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association response letter regarding Feb 27, 2019 NCR Public Comment meeting

Northside Neighborhood Council Sign on Letter

Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association Comment Letter

Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association Comment Letter

The Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association has served the Shingle Creek neighborhood residents as their local 501c3 organization. Our mission is *to be a voice of the community, *to advocate and promote the Shingle Creek neighborhood, *to improve neighborhood livability and economic opportunities, *to involve and empower residents and *to promote the safety and health of our community and its residents.

Since 1991, SCNA has contracted with the City of Minneapolis, to help them achieve their housing, business, social environment, crime and safety and other goals. There have been many successes by Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association that have led to “bricks and mortar” improvements, program improvements and further investments at local parks, businesses, schools, and so much more reaching residents of all kinds. See our history by decades flyer for just some of the results.

We invite you to attend an upcoming neighborhood meeting and learn more about the investments, roles/responsibilities/expectations these dedicated volunteers have given in the past–how the proposed guidelines came about–and why it’s important to comment by March 31 to let elected officials know your thoughts about this important program. Become a part of the change for your neighborhoods and city! Questions? Contact us at, 612-597-9464 or Fb Shingle Creek Neighborhood Association.