When you see the progress this neighborhood has made in the past ten years,” he said, “you can really understand the total economic impact of our collective efforts.”

- Jim Campbell, Wells Fargo emeritus and former Phillips Partnership Chair

Since 1997 the Phillips Partnership has leveraged and guided institutional investment to improve the long-term livability of the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis. The organization has set national precedents for strategic cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Strategy
Members of the Phillips Partnership have driven investments to neighborhood improvements as never before. But it is strategy that underwrites the Partnership’s vision – new solutions, deeper thinking, intensity of focus.

  • Building bridges to solve issues that span public agency jurisdictions, traditional appropriations categories, and individual corporate interests.
  • Diagnosing the underlying causes of urban problems and exploring systematic cures.
  • Mustering resources that are available but have been unorganized.
  • Putting the best strategic minds to work alongside the most knowledgeable and most personally invested people living and working in Phillips.

 

The Phillips Partnership approach was compiled  in a presentation that highlights key statistics and outcomes woven into a broader story of how to address market failure through a public private partnership.  A letter sent to the New York Times also highlights the neighborhood transformation.

Recognition
The Partnership has received the following recognition for its pioneering efforts:

  • St. Paul Pioneer Press, "Nurturing a Neighborhood," May 22, 2003
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Phillips Scores Remarkable Successes," May 18, 2003.
  • Excellence in Public Private Partnerships Award, presented by United States Conference of Mayors, 1999
  • Corporate Humanitarian Award, presented by Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 2000
  • Nationally recognized and supported by former Attorney General Janet Reno