County board actions: Minnesota Vikings donation, library skyway and more

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

Minnesota Vikings donation benefits youth at county correctional facilities

The board accepted a $40,000 donation from the Minnesota Vikings for youth programs, education materials and recreation equipment at the Juvenile Detention Center and County Home School.

Last fall, 10 Vikings players volunteered with youth residents at the Juvenile Detention Center, sharing stories and providing mentorship. Since then, many players have made follow-up visits, receiving thank you letters from residents in return. This donation stems from that ongoing connection.

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Project moves forward to create skyway connections at Hennepin County Library - Central

The board approved an agreement with developers to create skyway connections at Hennepin County Library – Central, providing greater library access and connectivity for people walking in downtown Minneapolis. The library was designed by César Pelli to accommodate future skyways, which will now connect the library to a proposed hotel, office and condo building, United Properties Gateway tower, and a new apartment complex, 365 Nicollet. United Properties will fund this project.

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Forestry grants will help reduce disparities

The board awarded 26 grants that will not only invest in the county's tree canopy, but also the health and economic vitality of communities. Hennepin County prioritized areas with lower tree canopy and higher disparities when awarding grants.

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Board appoints Palmer and Waage as department directors

The board appointed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Tonya Palmer and Emergency Management Director Eric Waage. Palmer has worked for the county for over 25 years, leading a strategy to promote cross cultural competence, workforce diversity and an inclusive work environment. Waage manages the development, execution and ongoing evaluation of homeland security, emergency management and preparedness strategies and programs for the county.

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County finalizes its federal legislative platform

The board approved the county's federal legislative platform, which includes the following priorities:

  • Congressionally-directed project funding requests
  • Transportation
  • Health and human services
  • Safety-net health services
  • Taxes
  • Criminal justice
  • Housing and community development
  • Workforce development
  • Immigration

Board appoints citizen advisory board candidates

The board appointed the following candidates to citizen advisory boards:

Board takes action on financing for affordable housing projects

Voting February 12 as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the board authorized preliminary approval of financing for an affordable housing project in North Minneapolis. If approved, this project would rehabilitate and preserve the affordability of 222 housing units affordable at or below 50 percent of the area median income.

The board also set a public hearing to hear comments about financing for another development in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. This public hearing will take place Tuesday, March 19, at 1:30 p.m. on A-24 of the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St., Minneapolis. The project would create 109 new rental housing units affordable for households making less than 60 percent of the area median income.

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