Sharon Sayles Belton

Best Practice Recognition
The City of Minneapolis
and Honeywell/Alina Health System
The Phillips Partnership: A Comprehensive Approach to
Improving a Neighborhood's Long-Term Viability

The Phillips Partnership was created through the efforts of the City of Minneapolis, Honeywell and Allina Health System in the spring of 1997. The goal of the partnership is to improve the long-term livability of the Phillips neighborhood in South Minneapolis through a strategic vision for guiding and leveraging institutional contributions to the neighborhood. Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, Honeywell CEO Michael Bonsignore, and Allina CEO Gordon Sprenger are the four principals in the partnership.

Other member organizations in the partnership are: the Minneapolis Foundation, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Fannie Mae, Norwest Bank, U.S. Bancorp, and the Metropolitan Council.

The Phillips Partnership has four main initiatives:

  • Public Safety. Through participation, support and the initiation of several programs, the Phillips Partnership is creating a safer neighborhood. Specifically, Honeywell and Allina-funded research through Minnesota HEALS is contributing to the development of new law enforcement strategies to address homicide, drug dealing and other serious crimes. Phillips Partnership members are active supporters of the Minneapolis Police Department and of Mayor Sayles Belton, who has initiated a new crime tracking and police deployment system, CODEFOR. CODEFOR concentrates on accurate and timely crime information; rapid deployment of personnel and resources; preventative crime policing; relentless follow-up and assessment; and community cooperation. Results have been dramatic: in the first 18 months of CODEFOR, serious crime has decreased over 24%.

  • Jobs. 193 local neighborhood residents have graduated from "Train-to-Work," the Phillips Partnership jobs initiative. Most of these residents are former welfare recipients and are now enjoying their first permanent job. Eighty percent continue to be employed at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Hospitals. Train-to-Work provides four weeks of paid, full-time work readiness training, and eighteen months of continued mentoring and support after initial job placement.

  • Housing. The Phillips Partnership Housing Initiative has identified seven goals for the Phillips neighborhood: increase home ownership opportunities; improve the quality of rental housing; provide resources for homeowner improvements; increase property values; serve as a catalyst for other redevelopment efforts; reduce police calls and crime; and serve as a demonstration model for inner city housing development. The Partnership currently has four projects underway, which are designed to produce a total investment of $25 million—$17 million from non-governmental sources—in housing improvements for the Phillips neighborhood.
  • Infrastructure. The Phillips Partnership is addressing historic infrastructure challenges in the Phillips neighborhood by pushing for new freeway access for neighborhood residents and institutions. Acting on a transportation study by the Phillips Partnership, Congress has appropriated $2 million for the design of improved access to and from I-35W. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, and the City of Minneapolis have committed $400,000 to fund the required 20% match for this project.  

For more information, please contact:

Louis Smith
Smith Parker, PLLP
808 Colwell Building
123 North Third Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Telephone: (612) 344-1400
Fax: (617) 344-1550

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