Ward 8 Update Newsletters January 27, 2015

8th Ward News from Minneapolis Council Vice President Elizabeth Glidden
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January 27, 2015


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

Phone: 612-673-2208



Every Monday morning, 9-11:00 a.m.
Sabathani Community Center 
310 E 38th Street, Room 129

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drop by!



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The Future of East 38th Street: History and Storytelling Feb 4

E 38th St

Please join us for a four-part community meeting series about the future of East 38 Street, starting February 4.

First meeting: History and Storytelling

Wednesday, February 4, 6:00-8:00 pm St. Peter’s AME Church, 401 East 41st Street

Refreshments provided.
All voices welcome!

Participate in discovering development opportunities along East 38 Street
Connect to the stories, history, and people of our community
Build solutions, develop collective action, and determine the vision that benefits our community  

The East 38 Street community is rich with history.  African American entrepreneurs, civic, community, and faith leaders, home builders and architects, all contributed to the Minneapolis we know today.  Join neighbors to elevate our history in the context of race and its impact on our community’s present and future.

Joining us will be Speakers Judge LaJune Lange (Retired), Tracey Williams-Dillard, CEO, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Louis Moore, President, Major Taylor Bicycling Club, and Iric Nathanson, neighborhood historian; and our Special Guests Doris Christopher, Clorasteen Wilson and Wayne Glanton.

BRING A MOMENTO, such as a photo, ticket stub, or other item that reflects our neighborhood’s history, to share in conversation.

We look forward to seeing you!  Questions? Contact the Ward 8 City Council Office at (612) 673-2208 or elizabeth.glidden@minneapolismn.gov
Translation Services Available

Corridor Co-hosts:  Bryant Neighborhood Organization + Central Area Neighborhood Development Organization + Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder + St. Peter’s AME Church + 38 and Chicago Business Association + Sabathani Community Center + Arts on Chicago + Ward 8 City Council Office, City of Minneapolis + Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Park Legacy Advisory Committee + Sabathani Seniors + Sabathani Chapter of AARP 5203 + Voices of East African Women + Palestine Lodge For information on the entire series and to save the dates of future meetings, please go here

For information on the entire series and to save the dates of future meetings, please go here  

Reminder: Early Mornings with Elizabeth this Friday

early mornings

The Future of Transportation in Minnesota

Friday, January 30, 7:30 – 9:00 am
Turtle Bread, 4762 Chicago Ave S (in Café Levain)

We are so excited this month to welcome Met Council Chair Adam Duininck, newly appointed by Governor Dayton in January 2015 to lead this regional organization that conducts regional planning and operates Metro Transit, as well as Minneapolis State Senator and Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee Scott Dibble

In 2015, transportation is a top issue at the State Legislature.  At the same time, the Metropolitan Council has been at the center of heated regional discussion about how to fund and prioritize transit and transportation investment, among other issues. 

We are very excited to welcome two of the most influential policy-makers in this debate, Senate Transportation Committee Chair Scott Dibble and Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck.  Join us for a robust discussion, and one of the first opportunities in the Metropolitan Region to hear from Adam Duininck first-hand about his vision for the Met Council in 2015 and beyond!

Clean Energy Partnership Board set to begin work

utility franchise

The new Clean Energy Partnership Board will hold its first meeting in February. This first-of-its-kind City-utility partnership will have the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals, including making energy more affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.

The first board meeting will be 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 4. The board members are Mayor Betsy Hodges, City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, City Council Member Kevin Reich and City Coordinator Spencer Cronk for the City of Minneapolis; Laura McCarten, Regional Vice President, and Lee Gabler, Director of Demand-side Management and Renewable Operations for Xcel Energy; and Joe Vortherms, Vice President of Gas Operations, and Jeff Daugherty, Director of Regulatory Affairs, for CenterPoint Energy. City Council Member Cam Gordon is an alternate for the City of Minneapolis.

At this first quarterly meeting, along with setting its schedule and adopting bylaws, the board will also establish an Energy Vision Advisory Committee. The board will begin accepting applications from the public for the committee in the weeks following this first board meeting, so look for more information on this opportunity. The Energy Vision Advisory Committee will provide feedback on the board’s work plan and performance reports, and provide expertise or represent their Minneapolis communities.

You can find more information about the Clean Energy Board, and follow its progress, here

Last chance: Participate in the Minneapolis Community Indicators Project


People are sharing their thoughts on what success in Minneapolis looks like. See what they’re saying and share your thoughts with the Community Indicators Project at success.minneapolismn.gov

The Community Indicators Project solicits public input on how the City can know it is achieving its goals. For example, what does “living well” (one of the five City goals) mean to those who live, work and play in Minneapolis? Does it mean connected neighborhoods? Access to amenities? Safe streets? 

To date, there have been just under 5,000 votes cast for a variety of ideas, like planting more trees and creating digital equity. Voting in early February!

To date, there have been just under 5,000 votes cast for a variety of ideas, like planting more trees and creating digital equity. Voting in early February!

Minneapolis area arts economy fifth strongest in nation


Minneapolis continues to be a hotbed of creative activity, according to new data that examines arts jobs, consumer spending and revenue of arts organizations. New data in the Creative Vitality Index 2014 Update shows that the Minneapolis area arts sector has moved up from sixth to the fifth strongest when compared to other top metropolitan areas.

This is the second time this data has been compiled for Minneapolis, and it places the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area fifth nationally behind that of Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New York and Boston.  In 2013, the creative sector (consumer retail sales in the arts plus nonprofit revenues) pumped $831 million into the Minneapolis economy. This is a 13 percent increase from $700 million in 2011.  The creative sector is a significant piece of Minneapolis employment; it employs nearly 20,000 workers, making up 5 percent of all jobs in Minneapolis proper.

For more information and a copy of the report, visit www.minneapolismn.gov/coordinator/arts/index.htm

City accepting applications for 2015 Urban Scholars internship program

urban scholars

The City of Minneapolis is once again offering its leadership development summer internship program for college students. Ward 8 was proud to host an Urban Scholar in 2014, Jeremiah Osokpo, who worked to prepare a historic designation application for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder building.

Urban Scholars will work in different City departments, including the Mayor’s Office and City Council offices and with program partners Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, State of Minnesota, Minneapolis Park Board, Greater Twin Cities United Way and PCL Construction. Students interested in applying to the summer internship program should apply online at www.minneapolismn.gov/urbanscholars by Friday, Feb. 20.  Students must have completed their first year of post-secondary education prior to the beginning of the internship and be enrolled and in good standing at a two- or four-year college or university, graduate, or law school at the time of application. ​

The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship experience that runs from May 26, 2015–Aug. 14, 2015. In the long run, the City and partners hope to develop a group of young talent to begin careers in the public and private sectors and someday be the next generation of City leaders. 

Visit the Urban Scholars Web page for more information.

Now is the time to sign up for STEP-UP summer internships

step up

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. 

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.