Mayor outlining agenda in city forums

Mayor R.T. Rybak is launching a series of Great City Forums Tuesday, Jan. 31 in South Minneapolis to outline key goals of his second administration.

The first forum at Roosevelt High School will focus on city initiatives investing in Minneapolis youth. It will be held at 11 a.m. in the media room of the school at 4029 28th Ave. S.

&#8220As Minnesota struggles to compete in an increasingly global economy, this state's greatest asset is the children of the next generation of Minneapolis,” he said.

Rybak will focus on comprehensive urban development strategies in the second forum set for Feb. 28, said mayoral spokesman Jeremy Hanson.

&#8220The mayor believes that we are not just here to grow the city but to weave it together, to restore the fabric that differentiates a great city from just another housing development or office park or shopping center,” he said. &#8220The new Minneapolis will not be about just housing or jobs or transportation in isolation.”

A third forum, on March 29, will focus on disparities between wealthy and poor communities in the city.

Locations for the second and third forums have not yet been determined.

The speeches will lead up to Rybak's State of the City address on April 18. His office plans to set up a blog for residents to ask questions about the initiatives following the forums.