Growing Minneapolis, News from City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

Growing Minneapolis: News and information from Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

August 2014

Upcoming Events

STEP-UP Celebration

A celebration will be held at the Guthrie Theater for all STEP-UP participants. 

Thursday, August 14th 
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Guthrie Theater: 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, 55415

Register here

RENEW Minneapolis Construction Career Fair

Tuesday, August 19
Sabathani Community Center
Banquet Community Room
310 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407



Connection Conference

Employment resources for youth!

Tuesday, August 19
9:00-1:00 p.m.
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Avenue N
Minneapolis, MN 55411


Experience Minneapolis' Urban Walking Gallery

From Hennepin-Lyndale Gateway to the Mississippi and from First Avenue to Nicollet Mall, there are miles of artwork! Click here for more information.

Minneapolis August Tours

Tour Minneapolis with family and friends. Click here for more information.






Law Firms

Minneapolis Employment and Training to Launch Coding Bootcamps

In the fall of 2014, City of Minneapolis Employment Training in partnership with Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTC) will kick-off its first Coding Bootcamp aimed at preparing jobseekers to do programming and coding and other IT-related functions that are in immediate demand in Minneapolis.

The classes are intended for a variety of populations including women, vets and minorities who may or may not have formal training in the IT industry but are willing and eager to adapt current skills and learn new skills. 

Coding Bootcamp graduates will be connected to job opportunities with the Minnesota High Tech Association’s membership base. The growing technology sector was one of the reasons Minneapolis was selected as an ideal pilot city for this program by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Find more information about the IT bootcamp and FastTRAC in the Star Tribune article  or read about it on the City's website.

Contact CPED

612-673-5001 or 311
Staff Directory

Crown Roller Mill

Executive Administration
105 Fifth Avenue South #200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Public Service Center
Development Services'
Customer Service Center
250 South Fourth Street
(Room 300)
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Map and Parking

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

Gandhi Mahal: Leader in Restaurant Sustainability

Gandhi Mahal

With the goals of bringing the neighborhood together and operating a 100 percent self-sustainable restaurant featuring Indian cuisine from locally sourced food, Ruhel Islam opened Gandhi Mahal at 3009 27th Avenue South in 2008.  To understand Ruhel’s vision, you need to look no further than the colorful decal installation across the front window of the restaurant and adjoining community room.  The picture is a depiction of how Ruhel envisions the community gathering together to share local food and traditions, to be one.  As a matter of fact, “mahal” means gathering place.  The mural was installed in 2014 as part of an overall façade improvement to the restaurant through the City of Minneapolis Great Streets program administered through the Lake Street Council. 

The restaurant receives its fresh produce from scattered neighborhood resident and community gardens and farmers markets, as well as directly from a garden growing in the restaurant’s basement.  In addition to growing lettuce, tomatoes and herbs, Ruhel worked with the DNR to set up a tilapia tank that allows him to grow and harvest an estimated 100 tilapia every 90 days right in his own restaurant. Now that this project is complete, the restaurant is about 80 percent sustainable and zero waste (e.g. organics are composted, oil is recycled, etc.).  Next, Ruhel would like to turn the roof into a garden to increase their sustainability. "Step-by-step it is all possible," he says.  

Gandhi Mahal Website

Over 20 STEP-UP Interns Show Off Their Employment Sites During Annual Worksite Tour


On July 29, the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Program offered a guided tour to four of this summer’s worksites in order for program funders, partners, and elected officials to meet STEP-UP interns and employers. The interns presented what their summer job experience has been like by giving tours, demonstrating work duties, and participating in presentations and question and answer sessions.  They shared what it’s been like working at their respective jobs; the personal and professional skills they have gained, and their future plans.

The tour featured the following STEP-UP employers and interns:

  • UCARE interns work in various departments including Provider Relations and Contracting, Marketing/Sales, and Clinical Services 
  • North Community YMCA interns are classroom assistants in the K-6 program
  • Redeemer Center for Life interns perform as day camp counselors, baristas, community gardeners, and bike mechanics
  • Hennepin County interns work in Human Services Public Health, Taxpayer Services, Human Resources, Public Works Management Support, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, and various libraries

STEP-UP Website

Business Spotlight: City Food Studio

City Food Studios

City Food Studio, a commercial kitchen located at 3722 Chicago Avenue, began filling up quickly by word of mouth alone after opening this past January. The model is simple, each tenant leases the kitchen for a few hours, a few days a week, keeping it busy and smelling delicious.  Currently, there are about 20 tenants, all of whom are start-up businesses, sharing the space ranging from catering companies to food truck owners to farmer’s market vendors to food producers who sell to co-ops. 

Journey Gosselin, the kitchen’s owner, knew the building needed some work but felt the neighborhood was a good fit for a “art studio for food.” The Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) helped him navigate the development process, including connecting him to resources at the City of Minneapolis. The City provided a 2% loan for $71,790 and later a $10,000 Homegrown loan to help with the building purchase, improvements, equipment, working capital and other start-up costs in conjunction with funding from MCCD and Vision Bank. Through the City’s Great Streets program a matching grant of $6,284 was also given to help with the purchase of new doors and windows.

Now that the kitchen is up and running, Journey plans to focus on his own on food production by launching Underground Dairy later this month. He will begin producing several types of cheese in the kitchen’s dairy room.  He adds that there is room to take on another four to five tenants and looks forward to being a good community partner.

City Food Studio

NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

NEWS for Youth Work Professionals, a dynamic and popular newsletter for youth and those who work with youth, is published weekly by City of Minneapolis Employment and Training.

The newsletter features local, state, and national news for and about youth workers and youth. It includes announcements, upcoming events, training opportunities, youth worker profiles, and employment and volunteer opportunities.

More than 900 subscribers from approximately 110 youth serving non-profits, schools, government agencies and churches currently receive the newsletter.  Mary Kay Lowe, of Headway Emotional Services, states “The newsletters are a valuable resource for those of us who have the opportunity to work with 'at-risk' kids and adolescents.”

NEWS for Youth Work Professionals

Goodwill Launches New Concept Store: Gina + Will

Goodwill Easter Seals is launching a new unique store concept designed for students and other young urban shoppers this August at the Venue at Dinkytown.  Located at 1322 5th St SE Minneapolis, MN 55414, the shop will be called Gina + Will.  Goodwill Easter Seals are planning a casual, urban interior for the store that encourages hanging out and shopping with friends.  Spacious racks will feature an eclectic selection of premium denim, Ts, jackets and other casual wear. Trendy and classic pieces will be priced well below department stores and chains. Student-focused brands include 7 for all Mankind, Free People, Lucky Brand, Maison Jules and True Religion.

Goodwill Easter Seals is a partner of Minneapolis Employment and Training.  They provide Minneapolis Works adult employment services, services for dislocated workers who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and access to RENEW Minneapolis training certification programs for residents of Minneapolis. 

Learn more about Goodwill Easter Seals programs

Minnesota's Minimum Wage Rate Increases

Minnesota’s minimum-wage rate increases to $8 an hour beginning Aug. 1, 2014. It’s the state’s first wage increase in nearly a decade.

In the next two years, the new law will increase the minimum wage again in August 2015 and again in August 2016 when the top rate goes to $9.50 an hour. In January 2018, the rate will be indexed to inflation based on economic conditions.

To help employers understand the new requirements, the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has created two new fact sheets.