2016 City accomplishments

2016 accomplishments

City goal: Living well

  • We took a critical step to preserve and protect safety, health and general welfare by requiring paid sick and safe time for most workers within the city limits.
  • We saved lives by adding Narcan to the Fire Department’s complement of medical services to reverse overdoses from heroin and other opioid-based drugs and medications.
  • We met or exceeded national standards for answering emergency calls.
  • We made Minneapolis safer by partnering with Pillsbury United Communities to take guns off the streets through a gun buyback program.
  • We expanded the ways we connect with children by taking a donated truck out in the community for the Bike Cops for Kids program.
  • We received national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board for our Health Department following a rigorous, multi-faceted, peer-reviewed assessment process.
  • We updated the Animal Care and Control ordinance to make the city safer for people and animals.

City goal: One Minneapolis

  • We are studying increasing minimum wage, an issue disproportionately affecting people of color.
  • We fitted police officers with body cameras to improve police-community relations.
  • We increased the use of 311 in underserved communities.
  • We reduced evictions in partnership with Hennepin County through educational programs.
  • We improved rental housing by using a program that motivates landlords to make repairs.
  • We created department-specific plans and goals to help our workforce better reflect the community we serve, aiming for 41 percent employees of color and 45 percent women employees by 2022.
  • We made strides toward more equitable access to City services and information by offering more information in different languages:
    • Launched a Spanish language radio program to provide information on City services.
    • Added automated options to 311 for callers to choose Spanish, Somali or Hmong.
    • Provided language-specific property tax refund information.
  • We made voting easier and more accessible by operating four “early vote centers,” mailing voter guides to every household and requiring landlords to give new tenants aged 18 and older information about voter registration. We committed to fighting for the rights, freedoms and interests of all of the members of the Minneapolis community through the Standing with all Members of Our One Minneapolis resolution, the Solidarity with the Muslim Community resolution, a resolution supporting efforts to further transgender equity in Minneapolis and videos by the Minneapolis Police Department supporting immigrant communities.

City goal: A hub of economic activity and innovation

  • We surpassed the $1 billion mark for construction permits faster than in any year on record and in total reviewed and processed construction permits for $1.76 billion.
  • We set a record at the Convention Center with the highest revenues in our history, surpassing $19 million. Convention Center events brought in more than 740,000 attendees who generated more than $151 million in economic impact to Minneapolis.
  • We delivered the certificate of occupancy for U.S. Bank Stadium six weeks ahead of schedule.
  • We opened The Commons, a 4.2-acre green space that serves as a key part of the five-block Downtown East development project that has brought more than $400 million in investment.
  • We increased opportunities for small businesses competing for City contracts by launching the Target Market Program to diversify City suppliers, increase competition and stimulate the local economy by helping small businesses compete on a more level playing field for City work.
  • We continue to connect community members to education and job training by partnering on the new North Minneapolis Workforce Center and Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center.
  • We made our creative economy more inclusive in the Creative City Road Map, a 10-year plan for arts, culture and the creative economy, with a vision for a creative economy that benefits all.
  • We secured the opportunity to host ESPN’s X Games in 2017 and 2018, energizing a new demographic passionate about extreme sports and contributing more than $42 million in economic impact to Minneapolis.

City goal: Great places

  • We made a landmark agreement with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to provide $800 million over 20 years to equitably repave streets and maintain neighborhood parks.
  • We kicked off an update to our comprehensive plan for the year 2040.
  • We helped preserve affordable housing in Minneapolis through revisions to the City’s investment policy and made over more than $9 million in affordable housing investments.
  • We increased organics recycling rates among residents, reaching a 40 percent opt-in rate.
  • We supported clean, renewable energy and helped save the City money on energy use through a cooperative agreement on community solar gardens.
  • We removed more than 30,000 pounds of air pollution with the Green Business Program.
  • We planted 1,200 trees via the annual City Trees program.
  • We encouraged bicycling as a safe, healthy and low-cost way to travel by expanding bike lanes, including adding new protected bike lanes.

City goal: A City that works

  • We received AAA credit ratings, which reduced utility fees and tax rates by issuing $120 million in bonds at the lowest possible interest rates.
  • We improved collaboration, data-sharing and transparency among employees   by launching the Enterprise Land Management System, or ELMS.
  • We launched an open data portal where anyone can find public data on police conduct cases before the Office of Police Conduct Review and processed a backlog of 130 complaints.
  • We raised awareness of our work to make government more transparent by holding a series of internal and external trainings and demonstrations to promote the City’s new public-facing data portals and general information channels.
  • We offered opportunities for City employees to learn about and discuss racial equity issues.
  • We measured customer satisfaction with utility billing to learn how to be more effective.
  • We increased employee engagement scores by 6.2 percent since 2014.

Our vision: Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.