Ward 8 Update Newsletters

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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December 29, 2014


Elizabeth Glidden
350 S. 5th St.
City Hall, Room 307
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-673-2208



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Minneapolis, City of Lakes

Recognizing a year of active policymaking for the Minneapolis City Council

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As 2014 comes to a close, here are my selections of some of the biggest policy accomplishments for this year.  These significant change efforts showcase an active City Council, working with highly engaged residents and the Mayor, willing to make creative change to move our world-class city forward.  I was happy to work with and support my colleagues to achieve these results.  Happy New Year to all, and see you in 2015.

Approved rules and funding for city-wide curbside composting, to be implemented in Minneapolis in 2015, after successful implementation of one-sort recycling

Created a first-in-the-nation clean energy partnership with CenterPoint and Xcel to work together to meet our city’s Climate Action Plan goals and reduce greenhouse gas emissions 

Advocated with community partners for transit equity investments and negotiated to ensure the Southwest Light Rail caused least harm to Minneapolis assets and guaranteed critical pedestrian and safety enhancements

Approved major changes to improve the health of our communities, including requiring healthy foods at grocery stores that accept public benefits, legalizing mobile food vendors, and banning e-cigarettes in public indoor spaces (an update pursuant to the Clean Indoor Act)

Adopted Indigenous People’s Day to replace city recognition of Columbus Day, and approved a sister city relationship with Bosasso, Somalia, becoming the first US City to have a sister city relationship in Somalia

Created the Minneapolis Transgender Issues Work Group to highlight issues, engage the broader community, and make policy recommendations, resulting in the city’s first Trans Equity Summit and updating city laws supporting gender-neutral restrooms

Prioritized regulatory reform, including modernizing restaurant regulations to remove unfair food alcohol ratios, approving legal framework for transportation networks (Uber and Lyft), and right-sizing regulatory burdens on taxicabs

Oversaw transformational infrastructure, housing and business investments citywide, including a new design for the Nicollet Mall, approving TIF funding for key projects in North Minneapolis, and giving final approval to the Seward Coop’s Friendship store set to open at E 38th Street and 3rd Ave S.  

Spearheaded organizational culture change for the City enterprise, through approval of an open data policy and prioritization of racial equity realized in city employment, policy and program analysis, procurement, and appointments to city boards and commissions

Created unprecedented support for non-motorized transportation and transit, including protected bikeways, pedestrian safety improvements, sidewalk/corner snow removal, and much more

Legalized accessory dwelling units, or “granny flats,” citywide to provide more housing options across the city and required construction management plans for new home construction​


STEP-UP summer internships

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It may feel like summer is a long way off, but 2015 summer internship deadlines are coming up fast. Now is the time for students to get on board the City’s STEP-UP summer internship program, which prepares youths for future employment by offering summer work experience and training at Minneapolis businesses.

STEP-UP is accepting online applications through Feb. 18. All STEP-UP applicants must:

Live in Minneapolis and be 14-21 years old by June 1.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and Project for Pride in Living. Last summer, STEP-UP placed nearly 1,650 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 230 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits in the metro area. 

In 2014, STEP-UP had a diverse class with 94 percent youths of color, 35 percent youths from recent immigrant families and 23 percent youths with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment.

To apply and for more information on the City’s STEP-UP program, go to www.minneapolismn.gov/cped/metp/cped_stepup. Anyone needing help with the application process can contact Tammy Dickinson at 612-673-5041.

Bloomberg Philanthropies awards Minneapolis Innovation Team Grant


The City of Minneapolis is one of 12 U.S. cities that Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of their Innovation Teams program. Minneapolis will receive a grant of $900,000 a year for up to three years to create an innovation team, or i-team, that is initially focused on analyzing whether core City services are delivered equitably throughout Minneapolis.

“This innovation team grant will help us evaluate whether City services are delivered equitably throughout Minneapolis, and ensure that they are,” said Mayor Hodges. “Whether it’s towing cars in a snow emergency or cleaning up graffiti, the Bloomberg i-team will allow us to audit a range of City services to determine whether they are currently delivered equitably, and in cases where there is inequitable service delivery or outcomes, work collaboratively with departments to identify and implement strategies to address the disparity.”

The Innovation Teams program aims to improve the capacities of cities to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve residents’ lives, by relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges.

Innovation teams function as in-house innovation consultants, moving from one priority to the next. Using Bloomberg Philanthropies’ tested innovation delivery approach, i-teams help agency leaders and staff through a data-driven process to assess problems, generate responsive new interventions, develop partnerships and deliver measurable results.

Innovation team grants will also go to the U.S. cities of Albuquerque, N.M.; Boston; Centennial, Colo.; Jersey City, N.J.; Long Beach, Calif.; Los Angeles; Mobile, Ala.; Peoria, Ill.; Rochester, N.Y.; Seattle and Syracuse, N.Y. In addition to the grants, cities receive robust implementation support and opportunities to exchange lessons learned and best practices with peers in other cities.