County Board actions: Cedar Riverside Opportunity Project, inauguration, Blake Road redevelopment

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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

County board actions

Votes moved forward projects at Cedar Riverside and Hopkins, and approved law enforcement staffing for Inauguration Day events.

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Cedar Riverside Opportunity Project moves forward

The board approved a request to transfer $250,000 in contingency funds into the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Project to allow for construction of a one-stop shop for education, training, skills development, workforce resources and a pipeline to employment with identified public and private sector employers. It will be an opportunity center for all, with special outreach to the East African community.

Work by three anchor partners at the center will focus on employment, skill building and access to education and credentialing. The partners include Emerge Community Development,  Minneapolis Community Technical College (MCTC) and  Hennepin County (Human Services and Public Health Department, Library Department and Workforce Development).

The county’s share of the project is in addition to $700,000 contributed by the city of Minneapolis, the Otto Bremer Trust, the McKnight Foundation, the Minneapolis Foundation, the Pohlad Foundation, Frana Construction, the Pat and Tom Grossman Fund of the MN Community Foundation and the Mortentson Foundation.

Read more about the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Project.

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Project aims to stimulate growth at Hopkins Southwest Light Rail station

The board approved an agreement with the City of Hopkins for the reconstruction of Blake Road (County Road 20) between Excelsior Boulevard (County Road 3) and Minnesota Highway 7. The project meets a city vision to stimulate redevelopment and interest in the area of the future Southwest Light Rail station at Blake Road, and maximize pedestrian accommodations. The agreement makes as much as $14.45 million of state and county funds available for the reconstruction and transfers ownership of Blake Road to the city after three years.

Learn more about the Blake Road project.

Sheriff's deputies to help with Inauguration Day security duties

The board voted to enter an agreement with the federal government and the Washington, D.C., police department to send Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputies to provide security during inauguration events in Washington, D.C., in January. The Sheriff's Office has provided deputies for the past three presidential inaugurations. The District of Columbia and the U.S. government will reimburse the county for associated personnel costs.

The deputies will be federally deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service to keep the peace, enforce federal and local laws and protect visiting foreign officials and official guests. Deputies will work with uniformed officers from the Washington, D.C., police to aid in crowd control along the parade route, at inaugural balls and at other critical sites around the city. 

Read more about Hennepin County Sheriff's role at the presidential inauguration.

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