Tell me more about NRP's legacy with the Tour.
The Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) was created in 1990 to revitalize the neighborhoods of Minneapolis and make them better places to live, work, learn and play. One of its major areas of focus was on improving the housing stock of the City. NRP became a major sponsor of the Home Tour in 1992 and provided funding and staff support to the City while the City served as the coordinator of the Tour.
As neighborhood organizations used their NRP monies for various programs to help renovate homes and complete other community improvement projects, the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour served as a showcase for these projects and the neighborhoods.
After the 2002 Home Tour, the elected leaders of Minneapolis decided to end the City’s coordination of the Home Tour. NRP staff and the NRP Policy Board felt that the Tour was a vital part of marketing the City to potential homeowners and decided to take over the coordination role and continue the Tour. Under NRP’s direction from 2003-2011 the tour evolved from being supported mostly by governments and non-profit agencies, to a Minneapolis and Saint Paul public/private partnership focused on showcasing homeowners and neighborhoods.
As NRP ended its operations as a multi-jurisdictional partnership and neighborhood revitalization program, it looked for an organization that could continue the Home Tour in the spirit and traditions of the past 24 years. It selected Pro Media Inc. to perform the coordination function because of the experience, commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm of its owners and staff.
-Former NRP Director Bob Miller