January 29, 2021 Newsletter

chris latondresse


January 29, 2021

Dear Neighbors and Friends,

As our team marks the end of our first month, there’s one message I want you to hear: We are at your service. You’ll find contact information below for my team, Jessica Oaxaca (District Director) and Kyle Olson (Policy Director).

Over the past several weeks we’ve heard from many of you on topics ranging from how to navigate small business grants, to better understanding Hennepin County’s role in the vaccination effort. Please know that no matter your question or comment, ideas for better government or immediate need, providing you with excellent service is our number one priority.

More below on the ways we’ve been working hard for you this week.

Together in service,


County Connections

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The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District provided our office with a thorough and exciting briefing about the work they are doing to protect the creek for future generations. I was born near its banks at Methodist hospital. My boys run the St. Louis Park boardwalk and capture crawdads at Big Willow in



On Tuesday the City of Eden Prairie, in partnership with the Eden Prairie Chamber of Commerce, and Eden Prairie Schools, presented important updates about the ways they're serving our community, families, students, and small businesses at the State of the City event.


Pat Mulqueeny speaking at a podium
ISAIAH Zoom Meeting with multiple participants

On Sunday, I joined ISAIAH for their 'We Make Minnesota' virtual launch with over 4,500 people across the state to mobilize Minnesotans of faith and good will to create a better, brighter future for all of us.

Elevate Business Hennepin County

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🏢 COVID-19 has created challenges for small businesses in Hennepin County. Through Elevate Business HC, Hennepin County businesses impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to receive one-on-one business consulting and technical assistance from a variety of professional service providers at no cost.

Some of the services offered include:

  • COVID-19 protocols
  • Employment law
  • Insurance policy review
  • Virtual employee engagement and retention
  • Social media, website and e-commerce
  • Financial analysis
  • And more

Learn more, register, and be paired with a technical assistance provider now: https://www.elevatebusinesshc.com/home.

Housing and Development

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🏠Hennepin County is seeking proposals for affordable housing, supportive housing and transit oriented development projects. With $9.5 million in gap funding and $5 million for supportive housing development projects, a total of $14.5 million is available.

We expect that funding to support 700-800 units of housing and improved transit access. Learn more, here.

COVID-19 Information

💉 As Hennepin County continues working to mitigate the spread and impact of COVID-19, vaccines will be a critical tool to keeping our communities healthy. Equally as important is transparency in communicating updates.

📊 Starting this week, under the ‘Vaccination updates’ on our COVID-19 response page we’ll be publishing data on the number of people in Hennepin County with at least one vaccine dose, a completed vaccine series and total doses received by Hennepin County Public Health and total vaccinations administered by the county.

For answers to frequently asked questions regarding vaccination, to learn more,  and sign up for updates, click here

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🔗Additional vaccine resources for health care providers

  1. The Health Care Vaccination Connection Form is a resource to request vaccinations for unaffiliated health care providers.
  2. The Minnesota Department of Health's COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Registration page provides information on how to become a COVID-19 vaccine provider.



LaTondresse to lead Hennepin County HRA, focus on affordable housing

By Kristen Miller, Sun Sailor

Commissioner LaTondresse Smiling

‘We need a Minnesota Marshall Plan for affordable housing’ - District 6 Commissioner

“Hennepin County can’t do it alone, but as stewards of millions of housing dollars through our HRA, we must play a lead role uniting leaders across governments, the business community, and civil society, around unprecedented public investments in affordable housing,” LaTondresse said.

Access the full story, here.

About District 6

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The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners consists of one commissioner from each of seven districts. I am proud to represent Deephaven, north Eden Prairie, Edina, Excelsior, Greenwood, Hopkins, Long Lake, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, northern Mound, Orono, Shorewood, Spring ParkTonka Bay, Wayzata and Woodland.

County information

Chris LaTondresse
6th District

Jessica Oaxaca
District Director

Kyle Olson
Policy Director


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