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Regional Equity and Community Engagement

VISION: Ensure opportunities for success, prosperity and quality of life for all residents of the region, especially low-income households, which are disproportionately made up of people of color, people with disabilities and new Americans. Set the highest standards for community engagement strategies to ensure meaningful participation in decision making for all individuals and communities.

GOALS:

  • Improve regional equity in the outcomes and the decision and implementation processes of regional policies and investments
  • Identify regional policies and investments to address historic disparities
  • Improve engagement strategies with underrepresented communities to ensure equitable opportunities for meaningful participation

Work Plan Strategies:

1. Collect and embed equity best practices/toolkit and models

  • Identify what is already being done locally in the public and private sectors to measure and improve regional equity
  • Identify what is being done in other regions to measure and improve regional equity
  • Create a “toolkit” of measurement and implementation strategies for equity
  • Develop an outreach and marketing strategy to promote the toolkit to public and private for-profit and non-profit sectors

2. Promote the “value proposition” of equity

  • Provide leadership/resources to smaller communities without the capacity for equity & community engagement through the Met Council comprehensive planning process and in partnership with the Regional Council of Mayors and other cross-jurisdictional organizations
  • Leverage private sector opportunities through partnership with the Itasca Regional Disparities and the Chambers Educational Disparities working groups

3. Support development of regional Community Engagement Standards

  • Work with the Community Engagement Steering Committee to Identify what is already being done locally and in other regions to improve community engagement practices, and to identify standards of community engagement for our region
  • Create a “toolkit” of community engagement strategies
  • Develop an outreach and marketing strategy to promote the toolkit to public and private for-profit and non-profit sectors

4. Ensure equity across Partnership for Regional Opportunity Work Groups

  • Monitor discussions of other workgroups to identify equity implications and opportunities
  • As needed, collaborate with other workgroup leaders to resolve equity issues and engagement challenges that are brought forward in those groups 

Members:

  • Repa Mekha, Nexus Community Partners, Executive Director (co-chair) 
  • Jim McDonough, Ramsey County Commissioner (co-chair)
  • Ryan O’Connor, Ramsey County Policy and Planning Director
  • Mary Tingerthal, MN Housing Commissioner
  • Margaret Kaplan, MN Housing Director of Community Development
  • Alene Tchourumoff, Hennepin County Public Works, Director of Strategic Planning and Resources
  • Brent Rusco, Hennepin County Bottineau Corridor Project Manager
  • Beth Reetz, Met Council Director of Housing & Livable Communities
  • Claudia Fuentes, Met Council Outreach Coordinator
  • Michelle Fure, Met Council Manager of Public Involvement
  • Jill Hentges, Metro Transit Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Russ Adams, Alliance for Metro Stability Executive Director
  • Maura Brown, Alliance for Metro Stability Associate Director 
  • Owen Duckworth, Alliance for Metro Stability Community Organizer 
  • Gretchen Nicholls, Twin Cities LISC CDI Director
  • Darielle Dannen, MCCD Director of Policy
  • Will Schroeer, East Metro Strong Executive Director
  • Ned Moore, MN Center for Neighborhood Organizing Community Organizer
  • Neeraj Mehta, CURA Director of Research
  • Sarah Hernandez, McKnight Foundation Program Officer
  • David Rubedor, City of Minneapolis Director of Neighborhood and Community Relations Dept
  • Debbie Goettel, Mayor of Richfield and Regional Council of Mayors Member
  • Gilbert Achay, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Project Manager
  • Isabel Chanslor, Neighborhood Development Center
  • Mihailo “Mike” Temali, CEO, Neighborhood Development Center
  • Jamez Staples, Founder, Renewable NRG Partners
  • Karen Nikolai, Hennepin County, Strategic Planning and Resources 

Staff Contact: Tony Tian, Ramsey County, 651-266-8018, tony.tian@co.ramsey.mn.us  

Meetings & Materials

Meeting Date Time Location Agenda, Materials, & Notes
January 15 12:30 - 2:30 Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce

Meeting Notes

March 19 12:30 - 2:30 Ramsey County

Agenda

Equity Toolkit Diagram

Toolkit Audience Diagram

Focusing the Work Diagram

Meeting Notes

June 25 12:30 - 2:30 Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce Meeting Notes
August 27 12:30 - 2:30 Ramsey County

Agenda

Meeting Notes

October 22 12:30 - 2:30 Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce

Agenda

Meeting Notes

Metro Transit Equitable TOD Work Plan (Sept. 2014; 5 pgs, PDF)

Metro Transit Equitable TOD Work Plan Presentation (19 pgs, PDF)

Twin Cities Region Equitable Development Principles & Scorecard: A Tool for Communities and Planners (June 2014; 9 pgs, PDF)

TOD Funding Guide (updated 8/15/14; 9 pgs, PDF)

November 12 12:30 - 2:30 Ramsey County

Agenda

Meeting Notes

PRO Shared Prosperity's Regional Success Indicators Project Presentation