Hennepin County News: New Online Auction is now open

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Visit the Hennepin County online auctions web page for details.

City of Minneapolis News: City launches new online hiring system

Applying for jobs with the City of Minneapolis got a lot easier with the debut of the City’s new online hiring system, Team Minneapolis. Team Minneapolis modernizes the City’s online hiring software, providing an easier-to-use, more intuitive application process with a more modern interface.

Team Minneapolis:

  • Allows resumes and other documents to be easily uploaded into the system.
  • Creates applications quickly by importing your resume to pre-fill your application.
  • Emails alerts about new openings to job seekers as requested.
  • Keeps all materials within the online application.
  • Allows applicants to self-schedule tests and interviews.
  • Is mobile friendly – easy to use on your smartphone or tablet.

It provides a more seamless, user friendly experience for job candidates.

Team Minneapolis uses NEOGOV, which specializes in hiring software for the public sector. Once an account is created within NEOGOV, an applicant can quickly apply to any agency that uses the software. That includes many of the major counties and cities in Minnesota, such as Hennepin and Ramsey counties and the Cities of Saint Paul, Bloomington, Rochester and Mankato.

The City is unveiling Team Minneapolis with a new jobs webpage. Both external and internal job postings will be accessible on this new external webpage at www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs.

Hiring without the headaches

Team Minneapolis will also make hiring City employees easier. The software automates the entire hiring and candidate-selection process, including:

  • Approving position vacancies.
  • Screening applicants for minimum qualifications.
  • Scheduling tests and interviews.
  • Reporting required data.

That means a lot less paperwork for hiring managers and human resources staff with no more paper stacks of applications and resumes. It also will save on data entry, because Team Minneapolis will automate information on new hires into other City systems.

 

City of Minneapolis News: Bloomberg Philanthropies awards Minneapolis Innovation Team Grant

The City of Minneapolis is one of 12 U.S. cities that Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected to participate in the $45-million expansion of their Innovation Teams program. Minneapolis will receive a grant of $900,000 a year for up to three years to create an innovation team, or i-team, that is initially focused on analyzing whether core City services are delivered equitably throughout Minneapolis.

The Innovation Teams program aims to improve the capacities of cities to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve residents’ lives, by relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges.

Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested Innovation Delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships, and deliver measurable results.

Innovation team grants will also go to the U.S. cities of Albuquerque, NM; Boston, MA; Centennial, CO; Jersey City, NJ; Long Beach, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Mobile, AL; Peoria, IL; Rochester, NY; Seattle, WA; and Syracuse, NY. In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities. Newly formed i-teams will hit the ground running in each city no later than spring 2015.

The innovation team grants are the second round made through Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Government Innovation portfolio, which focuses on promoting public sector innovation. The first round of grants were made to the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Louisville, Memphis, and New Orleans. Successes include reducing retail vacancies in Memphis, minimizing unnecessary ambulance trips to the emergency room in Louisville, cutting licensing time for new restaurants in Chicago, reducing homelessness in Atlanta, and reducing the murder rate in New Orleans.

 

City of Minneapolis News: STEP-UP youth employment program accepting applications for 2015 summer internships

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2015 summer internships.  Eligible youth interested in participating in the 2015 STEP-UP class have until February 18, 2015, to complete an application online.

Created in 2004, STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs focused on serving Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 who face some of the greatest barriers to employment including youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities.  Since the program was launched, it has provided nearly 20,000 internship opportunities.  In addition to summer jobs, STEP-UP also provides advanced-level internships and industry-specific trainings that help interns deepen and integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning.

Prior to being placed in their internships, youth receive work-readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that enhances their skills and prepares them for a professional work experience. Throughout their internship, youth gain valuable on-the job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP.

Last summer, STEP-UP placed nearly 1,650 Minneapolis youth in jobs with over 230 Twin Cities businesses, public agencies, and nonprofits.  Youth represented in the 2014 class of STEP-UP were 94% youth of color, 35% youth from recent immigrant families, and 23% youth with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Court Watch: Tuesday, January 13th

Court Watch is Tuesday, January 13th. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m., North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Avenue North.

City of Minneapolis News: 2015 City budget approved

The Minneapolis City Council Wednesday approved Mayor Hodges’ proposed 2015 budget for the City of Minneapolis that makes significant, intentional investments in equity, public safety, infrastructure, economic development, and curbside organics recycling, among others.

More than half of Minneapolis homeowners will feel no increase, or will feel a decrease, in the City portion of their property taxes.

The investments in the 2015 budget as passed include:

  • Two new positions in the City Coordinator’s office to focus exclusively on the City’s racial-equity work, ensuring the best possible equity outcomes in every department and every division.
  • $1,140,000 in capital dollars over two years to implement a program of body cameras for the police department.
  • Close to $1 million a year ongoing for classes of community service officers and an additional $960,000 for a police cadet class of 18.
  • $3.5 million to fully fund the $50-million redesign of Nicollet Mall.
  • Planning dollars for the redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal, to ensure North Minneapolis has its own valuable riverfront amenities.
  • $790,000 for a network of protected bike lanes, many of which will be in some of the most diverse and low-income neighborhoods in Minneapolis, plus funding for snow management of these lanes in winter.
  • $150,000 to fund staff and program resources to demonstrate the City’s commitment to and leverage the new Clean Energy Partnership, a first-of-its-kind City-utility agreement reached with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy earlier this year.
  • Start-up costs and operating funds for the launch of curbside organics recycling, which will allow the City to take the next step forward to a Zero Waste Minneapolis.

2015 budget investments

Equity

  • Two new positions in the City Coordinator’s office to focus exclusively on developing the City’s equity work, in order to ensure the most equitable outcomes in every City department and division.
  • Increased investment in youth violence prevention, including $55,000 to extend the effective work of downtown youth outreach workers.
  • An additional $70,000 in education and support for caregivers and parents of adolescents.
  • Additional funding for elections and neighborhood voter services.
  • Additional $100,000 in the Business Technical Assistance Program, which helps develop entrepreneurship in communities of color.

Growth

  • $3.5 million to fully fund the investment in the redesign of Nicollet Mall.
  • $790,000 for a network of protected bike lanes, many of which will be in some of the most diverse and low-income neighborhoods in Minneapolis, plus funding for snow management of these lanes in winter.
  • A reorganized and reimagined transportation planning division in Public Works to focus on staying ahead of future transportation trends and projects.
  • Planning dollars for the redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal, to ensure North Minneapolis has its own valuable riverfront amenities.

Running the city well

  • Funding to support 10 more police officers, for an authorized strength of 860 sworn officers.
  • Close to $1 million a year ongoing for classes of community service officers.
  • An additional $960,000 for a police cadet class of 18.
  • $1,140,000 in capital dollars over two years to implement a program of body cameras for the police department.
  • $800,000 for two recruit classes for the Fire Department, including one class added to the department’s base ongoing.
  • $50,000 for the Fire Department’s Fire and Emergency Service Explorer Program, which encourages young people in Minneapolis public high schools to enter firefighting and emergency management as a career, and offers hands-on leadership development.
  • $346,000 for an additional four 911 operators.
  • Increased funding for a comprehensive pedestrian safety initiative, including durable markings for bicycle conflict areas, high-use vehicle lanes, and at crosswalks.
  • $150,000 to fund staff and program resources to demonstrate the City’s commitment to and leverage the new Clean Energy Partnership, a first-of-its-kind City-utility agreement reached with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy earlier this year.
  • Start-up costs and operating funds for the launch of curbside organics recycling, which will allow the City to take the next leap forward to a Zero Waste Minneapolis.

CURA (Center for Urban and Regional Affairs), University of Minnesota: Artist & Partnership Initiative 2015 Letters of Interest

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2015 Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) and Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) Letters of Interest

The NPI and ANPI programs at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) are currently seeking letters of interest. The deadline is January 15, 2015

NPI makes technical assistance and small grants of up to $10,000 available to community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. NPI supports community-based partnerships that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by racial, social and economic disparities. More info and to apply. ANPI provides small grants of up to $10,000 to artists working in partnership with community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. More info and to apply. To talk about NPI or ANPI projects contact:

CURA supports community-based efforts that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by racial, social, and economic disparities.

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City of Minneapolis News: City declares portion of Minnehaha Avenue “Minnehaha Mile”

Today Mayor Betsy Hodges and the Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution declaring Minnehaha Avenue, from Lake Street to Minnehaha Falls, as the “Minnehaha Mile.” This street contains nine antique, vintage, retro, and secondhand shops, more than any other commercial corridor in the state of Minnesota.

The declaration was made in recognition of the important role Minnehaha Avenue plays in making the city more livable, attractive, resilient, and healthy while adding charm and character to the community.

The Mayor and City Council are encouraging residents and visitors alike to visit and experience the shops located along the Minnehaha Mile. Entrepreneurs and business owners—particularly those specializing in antique, vintage, and reuse shops— are also encouraged to consider locating along this special corridor in Minneapolis.

 

January 2015 Camden Community Historical Society Meeting: Wednesday, January 21, 6:30-8pm

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 6:30-8:00PM at the Webber Park Community Center.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! Neighborhood leaders, if at all possible, please try to mention it at your board meetings and/or post something on your neighborhood’s webpages. I don’t think it would hurt if someone was asked to show up by more than one person.

If you plan to attend:

Look over the MnHS template for creating a 501(c)(3) organization making edits/additions/suggestions to better fit our group. We will be working on putting together the paperwork to be recognized.

Bring ideas for what projects the CCHS should take on next.

  • Do you have suggestions for guest speakers? Hopefully we can get someone to present at our next meeting following January to draw in a few more people.
  • I have done a bit of research on local history books by Arcadia Publishing and will present the idea for a Camden book to the group. (http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/series/Images-of-America)
  • Robbinsdale has an exhibit at the Hennepin History Museum. Do we have enough artifacts/info to pursue an exhibit of our own at the museum?
  • Continue discussion on suitable places for a neighborhood archive, and walking/biking tours for next year.
  • Hopefully Will Lumpkins will be there to share a little about his photography project.
I will post notices about the meeting on each of the seven neighborhood’s Facebook pages, as well as the CCHSand Old North Minneapolis pages. Feel free to post the notice elsewhere. Is there any other ways we should be notifying the public? If you have suggestions, let me know.

Where to get the help you need. Are you a senior homeowner or a homeowner with disabilities who lives in North Minneapolis?

The two agencies listed below may be just what you are looking for.

Neighborhood Involvement Program (N.I.P.)

N.I.P. North Office at the Center for Families, 3333 North 4th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Call Debbie at 612.374.3125, Email: seniors@neighborhoodinvolve.org

Website: www.neighborhoodinvolve.org

The Seniors Program dates back to the very beginning of N.I.P. The primary mission of the Seniors Program is to promote independence by providing low-cost home maintenance services and to prevent isolation through recreational/social opportunities. Are you in the N.I.P. Service Area? Check the boundaries in north Minneapolis: To 44th Avenue

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North, East-Mississippi River, West-Xerxes Avenue North.

Snow-shoveling fee: $15.00.

Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP)

Call Diane at 763.450.3667

For more information, visit the website: www.ceap.com/senior

Designed to help senior citizens and disabled adults

stay in their homes by living independently

Service Area: Camden (north of 44th Avenue North), Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Osseo and Champlin.

Snow-shoveling fee: $15.00