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January 2016


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

A tribute to Dr. King’s life and legacy; two celebrations will be held in Minneapolis with activities, keynote speakers, and entertainment.  

Monday, January 18
Powderhorn Park,
Community Center
3400 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407
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Monday, January 18
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Recreation Center
4055 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Art Sled Rally

Saturday, January 30
Powderhorn Park,
Western Slopes
3400 15th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Brought to you by the South Sixteenth Hijinks. Come join the free family friendly 9th Annual Art Sled Rally to make and adapt sleds and sled-like art objects.
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City of Minneapolis Community Connections Conference

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Minneapolis Convention Center. 
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Second Investment Coming to East 38th Street

An addition may be coming to the new $15 million Seward Co-op Friendship Store on East 38th Street. Larry Tucker, owner of Kente Circle, is working towards a mid-2017 opening for a two-story building of about 8,000 square feet he hopes to build at next door to his current 2,300-square-foot building. Read More

New & Expanding Businesses





Contact CPED

612-673-5001 or 311
Staff Directory

Crown Roller Mill
Executive Administration
105 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Public Service Center
Development Review
Customer Service Center
250 South Fourth Street
Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Map and Parking

City Hall
Business Licensing
350 South 5th Street
Room 1C
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Business Profile: Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center

Circulo de Amigos located at 2830 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis

Since opening in July 2015, Circulo de Amigos Child Care Center (CACCC) has been providing children 6 weeks to 5 years old with foundations in Spanish language and cultural immersion. When it began as a family-home daycare, CACCC owner Maria Perez Gali, began to notice an increasing need for high-quality childcare in the area, motivating her expansion to her current building in the Phillips Neighborhood. A former apartment complex, it underwent massive renovations supported by a Great Streets façade grant and TwoPercent Loan from the City of Minneapolis. Now, with 68 students, Circulo de Amigos is close to their capacity of 79 spaces, employing 14 teachers; Maria will soon be opening yet another classroom.

Circulo de Amigos’ popularity is likely due to the appealing skillset children can gain through the program. Though 90 percent of the students aren’t native Spanish speakers, all communication is in Spanish, helping children gain fluency.

Children are also encouraged to release energy in positive ways through physical and sensory activities. Much of this occurs on the daycare’s playground, which is in the process of being certified by Nature Explore as an outdoor classroom.  On the playground, which is constructed mainly from recycled and natural materials, children learn about how to make good use of resources by recycling and reusing materials and how to value, love, respect and be responsible to our planet.

In the future, Maria also hopes to open the daycare’s kitchen, helping her to ensure the food served at CACCC is as healthy and natural as possible.

Minneapolis Approves Zoning Amendment Allowing for More Homeless Shelters

City staff held three community meetings seeking input on the zoning amendment

The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a zoning amendment on December 11, 2015, to allow for more locations for homeless shelters. Previously, shelters were only allowed when accessory to a religious institution or located within a small area of downtown. This amendment allows for different types of shelters with standards to ensure safety and the security of individuals and families seeking shelter, while encouraging new shelters to be compatible with the surrounding neighborhoods.

This CPED project was enormously successful due to the participation and expertise of the steering committee with representation from the Office to End Homelessness, current shelter providers, and other non-profit organizations providing support to homeless persons. In April 2015, staff and Council Members Lisa Bender and Blong Yang attended a homeless shelter forum at Harbor Lights to discuss needs related to livability, safety, access, location, and transportation with individuals experiencing homelessness. Finally, staff held three community meetings, the first to seek input and then to discuss the proposed amendment, prior to presenting the amendment to the city council.

For more information about this zoning amendment, please visit us here

City of Minneapolis Invests in Tech Training for Minorities, Women

TechHire student from Minneapolis' Cedar Riverside neighborhood in training. Photo credit: Creating IT Futures Foundation

After a series of pilot programs beat expectations this year, in 2016 Minneapolis will put $350,000 into expanding TechHire the public-private partnership that is part of a White House campaign to diversify the tech sector – one of the fastest-growing corners of the U.S. economy.

TechHire provides accelerated training programs plus job-placement help to groups historically shut out of high-paying tech positions. It dovetails with Mayor Betsy Hodges’ push to reduce income disparities between Minneapolis’ white and nonwhite residents. “This is not just about getting people jobs,” said Mayor Hodges. “These are good jobs.”

TechHire runs out of City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development, but a partner organization will be selected early in 2016 to coordinate the program, raise awareness and provide career counseling.

According to Deb Bahr-Helgen, Director of City of Minneapolis Employment and Training, about $250,000 of the allocation will go toward financial aid for students who qualify. The remaining $100,000 will support an outreach campaign targeting community organizations and ethnic media outlets. 
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Hire a STEP-UP Intern for Summer 2016

Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, STEP-UP Achieve worksite

STEP-UP is building tomorrow's workforce today by connecting businesses with the next generation of talented and diverse workers. STEP-UP has provided over 21,000 internship opportunities since 2004.

One of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP places Minneapolis youth in paid internships with top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, providing work readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional mentors, advanced career opportunities and ongoing support.

STEP-UP not only changes young lives but can also help your business in countless ways. Interns can increase your organization's productivity, energy and diversity, providing rich payback for your investments of time and training. In our recent survey of STEP-UP employers, 93% reported that their intern made a valuable contribution to the workplace.

STEP-UP serves populations that face the greatest barriers to employment, particularly low income young people, youth of color and recent immigrant youth. These young people are the future of our city!  Check out the data on our 2015 class of interns.
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BUILD Leaders Program Coming to CPED

Minneapolis Employment and Training has been selected by Mayor Hodges to administer BUILD Leaders, a proven youth violence prevention model developed in Chicago and adapted for Minneapolis.

BUILD Leaders is an equity focused, community oriented intervention program for disenfranchised 18-24 year old youth with systemic barriers to educational and economic opportunities (lack of diploma, criminal records etc.).  Youth will receive paid training in facilitation, leadership, and job skills, and will deliver the BUILD curriculum for younger youth, 9-12 years old.

BUILD Leaders will serve two cohorts of up to 10 youth per cohort. One of these cohorts will serve youth from the Native American community and one will serve the North Minneapolis community.

Minneapolis Employment and Training will issue an RFP to select community-based agencies that will also leverage WIOA Federal funding.

A Productive Year in Preserving Minneapolis' Legacy

Thomas Lowry
Thomas Lowry Memorial

In 2015, five new properties and three new historic districts were designated bringing the total to over 165 individual landmarks and 15 historic districts in the City of Minneapolis. New landmarks and districts are evaluated by the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) staff and the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC).  Final decisions are made by the Minneapolis City Council and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges based on recommendations from CPED staff and HPC.

Following is a list of all the designations adopted in 2015.

Individual landmarks adopted in 2015:
(Name – Address – Date of City Council Action)

Historic districts adopted in 2015:
(Name – Date of City Council Action)

Many of the designations completed in 2015 were made possible by a grant through the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).
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Read 2015 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Annual Report