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December 2015

Upcoming Events

Holidazzle in Loring Park

Nov. 27 to Dec. 20
Loring Park
1382 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Due to the remodeling of Nicollet Mall, Holidazzle has moved to Loring Park! A community gathering place, the 2015 Holidazzle will offer free family-friendly programming. Features include local food and beverage vendors, artisan booths, entertainment, and fireworks.

The opening ceremony will begin at 6:30pm on Nov. 27 featuring a performance from Holidazzle regular MN Chorale and a fireworks display. The festival is open 5pm-9pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 11am-9pm on weekends.
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Made Here Holiday Market

Dec. 3, 5pm-9pm
Dec. 10 & 17, 11am-7pm
City Center
615 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

The Made Here Holiday Market will feature more than 30 artists selling Minnesota-made jewelry, apparel, home decorations, art, and more!
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Mill City Winter Markets

December 12 & 19, 10am-1pm
Other dates include: Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 5 & 12, Apr. 9

Mill City Farmers Market will be having monthly indoor markets every second Saturday until April 2016. More Information

Third Annual West Broadway Pop Up Holiday Boutique

December 18, 4-8pm
 December 19, 10am-4pm
NEON, Co-Working Space & Business Incubator
1011 West Broadway Avenue North, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55411

With funding from the City of Minneapolis Great Streets program, the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) will host the West Broadway Pop Up Holiday Boutique. This is a great way for those who live and work in North Minneapolis to spend time in their neighborhood and do some holiday shopping.
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Northeast Winter Markets

December 19, 10am-2pm
January 16, 10am-2pm
February 20, 6pm-9pm
March 19, 10am-2pm
Solar Arts
711 15th Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Support local food vendors and artisans throughout the winter months. There will be music, children’s activities, prepared foods, and beer, wine and cocktails. Meet new friends, visit with familiar faces, and celebrate the Northeast community.
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Minneapolis Makes Fodor’s Travel List of Top 25 Worldwide Destinations for 2016

Yes it’s true! The North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis made the Fodor’s Travel in its list of the top 25 worldwide destinations for 2016 with its fast growing food and art industry. Read More

Charlie Awards Winners Announced

Winners of the fifth-annual Charlie Awards were announced Sunday afternoon at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis. The awards celebrate excellence in the Twin Cities' food and drink scene. Read More

Four Minnesota Tech Companies on the 2015 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Ranking

New York professional services behemoth Deloitte ranked the nation’s fastest growing tech companies with four Minnesota companies on the list. The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 measures innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth to identify “companies who are on the cutting edge and are transforming the way we do business.”

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Northside Holiday Boutique in Downtown Minneapolis for the Holiday Season

The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) is hosting the first-ever Northside Holiday Boutique in the skyway of RBC Plaza in Downtown Minneapolis, funded by the Pohlad Foundation. The boutique opened on November 23rd and will showcase  North Minneapolis vendors and artists through December 23rd. Open Monday through Fridays, 10am to 6pm, the boutique will have a variety of products including jewelry, clothing, body care and hair products, cards, bags, local artist-made crafts, and more. Over 20 artists, crafters, clothing designers, and other entrepreneurs are sharing the space, with around four vendors per day. Some vendors include The Homegrown Company, Cookie Cart, Feeperella, Diva Glass Slippers-Fashionware for Stemware, and artist Angela Davis. Click here to learn more.

Professionals Gravitate to Downtown Minneapolis

Downtown Minneapolis has undergone a housing boom over the past decade bringing many working professionals to the area. Zip codes 55401 (71.7%), 55410 (63.5%), and 55419 (62.7%) have the highest rate of professionals (employed adults with jobs classified by management, business, science, and art occupations). Read More

Minneapolis is a Paradise of Somali Food

The famous Afro Deli continues to bring traditional Somali food to Minneapolis. For many Somali customers who frequent Safari, the food tastes like their homeland bringing back a taste of culture. Read More

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Business Profile: Good Grocer

Good Grocer
Located at 122 E Lake Street, Good Grocer’s diverse membership allows people to work together who typically wouldn’t interact

While working at a Minneapolis food shelf, Kurt Vickman noticed that his clients didn’t just have a need for affordable groceries, but a strong will to give something back to the community. This insight gave Vickman the idea for Good Grocer, a non-profit grocery store run primarily by volunteers or “members.” Good Grocer currently has over 350 members that volunteer 2.5 hours of their time per month in exchange for a 25 percent discount. Volunteers perform a variety of duties including cashiering, cleaning, stocking shelves, IT, and appliance repair. Non-members, who pay a slightly higher price, are also welcome.

Since opening last June, Vickman has noticed the sense of empowerment volunteering gives his members. Volunteers are not only picking up on-the-job skills, such as cashiering and computer use, but important soft skills as well.

The store also provides the neighborhood with much-needed access to healthy food (Sullivan’s SuperValu closed in 2014). And while Good Grocer’s current building is scheduled to be demolished as part of 35W construction, Vickman hopes to stay in the area, as many of Good Grocer’s core customers live within walking distance of the store. 

Lifetrack and HIRED Recognized as Outstanding City Partners

On December 1, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training and the Minneapolis Workforce Council presented awards to agencies that have provided outstanding employment services to Minneapolis youth and adults in 2015. The ceremony took place in Minneapolis City Council Chambers during the meeting of the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee meeting chaired by Council Member Goodman.

Pictured L to R: Tyler Olson, Minneapolis Workforce Council; Deb Bahr-Helgen, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training; Liberty Mickelson, Andrew Koch, and Trixie Golberg, Lifetrack; Erick Garcia Luna, Mayor’s Office; Carlye Peterson, Minneapolis Workforce Council

Lifetrack was recognized as the outstanding Adult Service Partner of the Year for their performance in the Train-to-Career program that provides 
industry-recognized job-skills training in occupations in demand, along with job placement and retention services for low-income Minneapolis residents, ages 18 and older. In 2015, 33 customers have successfully completed training that leads to an industry-recognized credential and 30 clients have been successfully placed into jobs.

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Pictured L to R: Tyler Olson, Minneapolis Workforce Council; Deb Bahr-Helgen, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training; Jane Samargia, Jan West, and Kelley Eubanks, HIRED; and Carlye Peterson, Minneapolis Workforce Council

HIRED was selected for the fifth time as Youth Service Partner of the Year. In 2015 HIRED provided 112 Minneapolis youth, ages 14-21, with comprehensive, individualized education, employment and training services, and operated a high quality internship project that provided 65 Minneapolis youth with valuable work experiences and skill enhancements.

White House to Invest $120M in TechHire Initiatives

Top Left: Secretary of Labor Victor Perez announcing $100M commitment to TechHire, Top Right: Victor Chege, City of Minneapolis employee/TechHire graduate, Bottom: U.S. Chief of Technology Megan Smith addressing the crowd.

On November 17th, City staff and TechHire partners traveled to Baltimore for the White House TechHire Gathering/Community Summit where they learned about new steps to advance the President’s TechHire initiative to expand opportunities to underrepresented Americans in the technology industry to get trained and placed into well-paying tech jobs. With three established alternative tech learning programs and more than 60 committed employers on board, Minneapolis was one of the first cities to be named  a TechHire City.

The Administration announced the Department of Labor’s $100 million TechHire grant competition that will fund collaborations that can rapidly train and connect workers to well-paying, high-growth jobs across industries such as information technology, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. Also announced was $20 million of Training to Work grant funds to expand access to tech jobs and high growth occupations for those formerly incarcerated.

In Baltimore, networking and breakout sessions helped community leaders, employers, training providers, and TechHire partners collaborate on best practices. Victor Chege, a graduate of a TechHire training program, was asked to participate in the closing of the program by sharing his inspiring story of how he gained the skills he needed to land a job with the City of Minneapolis as an IT Desk Service Agent.

Learn more about Minneapolis TechHire here

Anna Peterson Named New STEP-UP Director

Anna Peterson

The City of Minneapolis has named Anna Peterson Director of the STEP-UP Youth Employment Program. Anna had served as the STEP-UP Program Manager since January, 2015. Prior to that Anna was Manager of Training and Data at STEP-UP Achieve with AchieveMpls.

Anna holds an Ed.M. from the Teachers College of Columbia University and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Previous STEP-UP Director Tammy Dickinson is the new Career Pathways Coordinator at the City of Minneapolis.

Public Officials and Community Partners Gathered to Celebrate Ground Breaking of 800 West Broadway

800 West Broadway Groundbreaking photos
L to R: Senator Bobby Champion , Katie Clark Sieben, DEED , Stella Whitney West, NorthPoint Health & Wellness , Stephen Flisk, MPS , George Sherman, Representative Ray Dehn, Hennepin County Commissioner Linda Higgins, Council President Barb Johnson, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Governor Mark Dayton

Governor Mark Dayton joined officials on Tuesday, December 1st to celebrate the groundbreaking of 800 West Broadway, a new collaborative employment, education and healthy living center in North Minneapolis.

800 West Broadway will feature several services under one roof, including the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, Minneapolis Public Schools and two retail spaces facing West Broadway.

The building’s North Minneapolis WorkForce Center will provide a variety of services to help people find jobs. Minneapolis Public Schools will offer the opportunity for young adults to gain high school credits and connect to post-secondary education and certification training. NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center will provide services to improve physical, dental and behavioral health. The center also will offer space for community meetings and a youth resource center for career planning and training. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2016. 

“This is an important step to improve economic opportunity for the people of north Minneapolis,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “This community greatly needs and deserves these services.”

Find more details about the project here.

New City Rules Help Expand Minneapolis' Community Garden Program

Homegrown Minneapolis Community Garden Collage

With goals to improve food equity and increase access to healthy food in Minneapolis, the City has approved new rules that will bring changes for community gardens in 2016, including 43 additional City-owned vacant lots that will now be available for lease. The changes were sparked by Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council’s 2015 policy recommendations, made in response to residents’ high demand for more community and commercial gardening space.

In addition to more lots, next year leases will not only be limited to community gardeners - urban farmers and market gardeners will also be eligible for leases. Other changes include leases for up to five years on unbuildable lots, insurance liability requirements decreased by $1 million, and applications to be taken over a set period of time rather than the previous first-come, first-served selection process.  

The Community Garden Program began in 2010 to make Minneapolis more beautiful, provide healthy food, and strengthen the community. There are 50 City lots already leased to community groups, with about 275 gardens throughout the Minneapolis.

For more information, click here.

STEP-UP Youth Employment Program Accepting Applications for 2016

STEP-UP Collage
Top: Interns working at Wheel Fun Rentals; Bottom: Intern at Jamf Software

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premiere youth employment programs, 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. Launched in 2004, STEP-UP has provided over 21,000 internships with more than 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies. STEP-UP also offers work readiness training, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities in fields such as medical, finance, IT, education or working with youth, arts, and businesses. Click here to view the full list of employers in 2015.

STEP-UP is now accepting applications for 2016 summer internship placements. The application closes on February 5th, 2016. Interested eligible Minneapolis youth can view and complete the application online.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2016 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

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 (PPL).