GrowingMinneapolis: News from City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

Growing MPLS

 June 2016

CPED's Mission: Grow a vibrant, livable, safely built city for everyone.


Open Streets Minneapolis

Sunday, July 10
Downtown Minneapolis
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Sunday, July 24
East Lake Street
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Open Street events create miles of safe, car-free streets so that residents of all ages can walk, bike, participate in spontaneous play activities, and get to know one another. Event is free and open to the public.
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Juneteenth Festival

Saturday, June 18
North Minneapolis Regional Park
4900 North Mississippi Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55430

With lots of activities such as free paddling on the Mississippi River, a tennis tournament, face painting, prize drawings, and more, this free event is fun for all ages.
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87th Annual Celebrate Northeast Parade

Tuesday, June 21
Northeast Minneapolis (on Central Ave. from 27th Ave. NE to 18th Ave. NE)
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44th Annual Twin Cities Pride Festival

June 25, 10am-June 26, 6pm
Loring Park
1382 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

The 44th Twin Cities Pride Festival is a family-fun and free event. With four stages of music and 400 exhibitors and vendors, there is always something to do.
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3rd Annual Taco Tour on Lake Street

Sunday, July 17
Lake Street (from 1st Avenue to 27th Avenue)

The 3rd annual Taco Tour on Lake Street is just around the corner! Come discover the spicy flavors of the Latino food district by touring 10 authentic restaurants offering their own versions of the iconic Mexican specialty: TACOS! More than 2,500 people participated last year. Event is free and open to the public and supported by CPED's Great Streets Program. Registration is required.
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11th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

July 28 to July 30, 2016
North Minneapolis

FLOW Northside Arts Crawl is a three-day celebration of the arts in North Minneapolis. FLOW is a family-fun, non-juried, self-guided tour of studios, galleries, theaters, commercial and vacant spaces over a mile and half of the West Broadway corridor – from North 2nd Street to Penn Avenue North.
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Preserve Minneapolis Walking Tours

Tour Minneapolis neighborhoods and architecture with Preserve Minneapolis to learn more about the city’s history, culture, and urban design.
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Minneapolis Third for Top Cities for Cycling Commuters

According to the Washington, D.C.-based Alliance for Biking and Walking, which ranks U.S. cities on metrics such as the number of people who ride bikes or walk to work, as well as the number of pedestrian or bicyclist accidents, Minneapolis takes third place in top cities for cycling commuters.
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HIRED Names Seward Co-op Employer of the Year

The 44 year-old Seward Co-op was named Employer of the Year by HIRED, the non-profit job placement agency that works to connect thousands of job seekers to employers in the Twin Cities.
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Minneapolis Regains Title for Best Big-City Park System

Tied with St. Paul last year, Minneapolis has regained the top spot in national park-scoring this year. Minneapolis has led the national rankings since they were expanded to the 50 most populous cities in 2013. This year, the list grew to include 100 cities.
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Minneapolis, the First Midwestern City to Mandate Paid Sick Leave

In what council members called a historic moment, Minneapolis on Friday, May 27th became the first Midwestern city to mandate that nearly all private businesses provide paid sick leave. The unanimous council vote followed months of heated debate, packed public meetings and last-minute policy revisions, and may set a precedent for other Minnesota cities that are exploring the issue.
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Transgender Equity in Minneapolis’ Businesses

On May 25, the Minneapolis City Council took steps toward making transgender equity a permanent part of the city’s business. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution in support of the city’s Transgender Issues Work Group and voiced support in making it a permanent entity.
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Business Profile: New Rules

New Rules Render
Photo rendering provided by JuxtaPosition Arts.

New Rules is a new creative shared space coming to 2015 North Lowry Ave in North Minneapolis. Designed to provide interdisciplinary artists and creators with the necessary studio space, equipment and workshops to help bring their ideas into fruition, New Rules will contain a transitional event space and a design lab. The space’s design lab can be accessed on an hourly or membership basis that will provide access to equipment including a 3D printer, sewing machines and computers. The event space will serve as a platform for artists to host events like exhibits, lectures, film showings and book readings. The City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and the Lowry Business Association has helped support New Rules with a façade grant through the Great Streets Program. Business assistance and support was also provided by CPED’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) and the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy program.

Founder Chris Webley states that New Rules is targeted at millennials of color as it is an underserved population with a culture rooted in creativity, and says that the space will help fulfill the need for this type of resource in North Minneapolis.  To fund the space, Chris is utilizing a crowdfunding campaign to raise $30,000 to open at the end of July, and contributions to the space will count as pre-payment for those who will use the space. New Rules will increase opportunities for communities of color to practice design thinking, innovation and social entrepreneurship; and Chris hopes that this will ultimately help breed the next generation of creatives. 

Partner Profile: HIRED

HIRED receiving the 2015 Youth Provider of the Year award from City of Minneapolis Employment and Training. Pictured L to R: Tyler Olson, Minneapolis Workforce Council; Deb Bahr-Helgen, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training; Jane Samargia, Jan West, and Kelley Eubanks, HIRED; and Carlye Peterson, Minneapolis Workforce Council

HIRED has partnered with Minneapolis Employment and Training for more than 30 years to provide personalized and innovative work solutions to best serve the needs of individuals who are disconnected from the workforce.

Dislocated workers receive help to revamp their job search and strengthen their skillset with training or education so that they can return to work quickly and at the highest skill and wage level possible.

Adult low-income job seekers, with steep barriers to employment, receive assistance to help stabilize personal situations.  Services center on workshops, coursework, and training critical for careers with promising futures.

At-risk youth struggling with school, or seeking first jobs, get individualized support through a team of counselors focused on putting youth on the path to more stable futures through workforce attachment.

HIRED partners with ABE providers, Hennepin Technical College, Normandale Community College, employers, and others to offer training programs that meet the demand for qualified workers. Many participants earn industry-recognized credentials in high growth industries and are able to find jobs in their area of training.

HIRED has seven locations throughout Minneapolis.

Shania Receives Support to Follow Her Dream


Shania, a 19-year-old high school graduate, has been working since the age of 15 in fast food and customer service. While Shania liked her jobs, she wanted to work one-on-one with people and always had a passion for helping others.  She wanted to get into nursing but didn’t know how to take the next step without the tools or the people to help get her there.

Shania knew she needed support so she went to RESOURCE and connected with its Youth Futures Program. With their support, she enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant/Home Health Care (CNA/HHA) program at Lighthouse Training Center.  Shania passed the licensing exam and worked with a RESOURCE career counselor to prepare for her job search. She soon got a job at Camden Care as a CNA helping residents with daily living activities.

Shania said, “It is amazing to be able to nurture, care for, and provide for others.  I really appreciate the help I have received over the last eight months.  I’ve already accomplished so much and I’ve stepped up my goals for the future.  I hope to attend college in the fall to work towards my Bachelor of Science in nursing.” 

Minneapolis Youth Works helps Minneapolis youth and young adults (ages 14-24) learn academic life and work skills, identify career paths, and achieve meaningful employment. Services are provided through contracted community-based agencies such as RESOURCE.

Partner Profile: WomenVenture

For over 30 years, WomenVenture has provided women with tools to create and grow sustainable and profitable small businesses. Their programs include training, consulting, loan programs, events, and community building. Through these programs, WomenVenture’s vision is to help their clients start and grow businesses and pay a living wage (120% of Area Median Income).

WomenVenture’s training spans from introductory courses that help clients decide if small business ownership is right for them, all the way to a Guided Business Plan course which covers all of the components of developing a business plan, from launch to expansion. Their specialized training has allowed WomenVenture to become a service provider for the City's Business Technical Assistance (B-TAP) programs. This partnership has helped connect clients like Roots Midwifery and Birth Center, Empire Coffee, and Lontis Day Spa and Salon with affordable loans that help bring more women-owned businesses to life.

WomenVenture emphasizes the importance of accessibility and keeping a portfolio of clients from diverse backgrounds. To help make their programs more affordable they offer scholarships for low-income women with classes at 95 percent off for income eligible clients. As their programs grow in size and reach, Women Venture strives to ensure that their programs serve all women equally. 

North Minneapolis Greenway Almost Underway

A five-block temporary greenway has been installed on the 3000-3500 blocks of Irving Avenue North in the Jordan and Folwell neighborhoods to give residents a place for more physical activity, traffic calming, flower planting, and gathering places. Current plans call for the temporary greenway to remain in place for up to a year. For the past three years, residents have contributed their thoughts to aid the development of this project. These specific blocks were selected as part of the demonstration project based on high rates of resident support and input from Council President Barb Johnson and Council Member Blong Yang.

The City is partnering with the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability to host events, programs, and other community engagement activities along the route. The City is also pursuing strategies for addressing residents’ safety concerns for the greenway and adjacent alleyways.

Residents are invited to celebrate the grand opening of the temporary greenway on Saturday, June 25 from 1-6pm (rain date, Sunday, June 26th). Food, music, and family-friendly activities, including painting art on the pavement, will be offered along the five blocks of the greenway route between Jordan and Folwell parks. Residents are encouraged to call 311 to give feedback while the temporary greenway is in place so the City can make real time adjustments and assess interest in a permanent greenway.

For more information about the North Minneapolis greenway project, click here.

Carolyn Roby, a Look Back on a Career of Dedication to Community


Carolyn Roby has recently retired as Chair of the Minneapolis Workforce Council following her retirement as Vice President at Wells Fargo Foundation MN.

Carolyn’s commitment to community is evidenced by her work on the Minneapolis Workforce Council, a member since 1994 and the Chair since 2006. In this role, Carolyn kept Minneapolis job seekers' interests at the forefront of many reiterations of employment and training programs over the years. Her leadership will be remembered as one with a focus on racial equity in employment and youth career development.

During her tenure as Chair of the Minneapolis Workforce Council, tens of thousands of Minneapolis residents, both adults and youth, found career paths and reached self-sufficiency through a unique community-based partnership model. Carolyn played an integral role in developing and supporting this effective network of community-based service delivery organizations in the City of Minneapolis.

Under Carolyn’s active leadership, City of Minneapolis Employment and Training has earned numerous awards, commendations, certificates of appreciation and recognition for outstanding service delivery, efficiency, and effectiveness, most notably for the nationally recognized STEP-UP program that has provided more than 21,000 internships since 2004.

Carolyn has earned the respect of her colleagues in workforce development for her unwavering commitment to a responsive, high-quality, community-based delivery system.

Over 1,700 STEP-UP Interns Begin Summer Work this Month

STEP-UP Collage
Previous STEP-UP interns at work.

You may begin to notice an influx of enthusiastic, professionally dressed, young people during your commute this month.  That’s because over 1,700 work-ready Minneapolis youth are beginning their STEP-UP summer internships in June.

One of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP places Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 in paid internships with top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, providing work readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional mentors, advanced career opportunities and ongoing support. 

STEP-UP is building tomorrow's workforce today by connecting businesses with the next generation of talented and diverse workers. STEP-UP has provided over 21,000 internship opportunities since 2004.

STEP-UP serves populations that face the greatest barriers to employment, particularly low income youth, youth of color and recent immigrants. These young people are the future of our city.  So if you see them on the bus or on the train, please make them feel welcome.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program provided in partnership with AchieveMpls. Other partners include the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minnesota WorkForce Centers, and Project for Pride and Living. Learn more about STEP-UP from the City of Minneapolis’ website or follow STEP-UP activities and events all year long on social media with hashtag #STEPUPMpls. 

Minneapolis Selected to Join 100 Resilient Cities Network

Chosen from a pool of more than 325 applicants and spanning over 90 countries across six continents, Mayor Betsy Hodges welcomed an announcement on Thursday, May 26th from 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), who selected Minneapolis to join the 100RC Network to build urban resilience.

As the number of people living in urban areas grows, cities around the world face huge deficits in preparedness for rapid growth and natural and man-made disasters. New 100RC’s member cities are joining an international group who are proactively preparing to face upcoming challenges.

As a part of 100 RC Network, Minneapolis will be eligible to receive grant funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the citywide resilience-building process and engage stakeholders from various communities to incorporate diverse perspectives and knowledge. Minneapolis will also receive technical support as well as other services valued at over $180 million to develop a Resilience Strategy that reflects the city’s distinct needs. 

Announcing the Preservation Photo Contest Winners

Photo Contest Winners

Many thanks to everyone who entered our photo contest to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month! Over 200 photos were submitted on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook during the month of May using the contest hashtag #MPLSpreservation. We were in awe of how many amazing photos were submitted and the wide variety of landmarks and historic districts that were photographed! The three winners were chosen by City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) staff. We are looking forward to holding another contest next May as well. In the meantime, keep using the hashtag #MPLSpreservation when posting photos of your favorite designated landmarks and historic districts in Minneapolis! 

Minneapolis Launches 3rd Parklet Season

Parklet Photo
New parklet at Twin Cities Coffee and Deli located at 1603 Chicago Ave S.

For its third season, the City has new partners and locations for parklets across the city. Two of them are community-sponsored and three are City-owned, with each parklet taking up an area of about two parking spaces with a deck, planters, chairs, and tables for public use. Host businesses near the parklets maintain them on a day-to-day basis. The locations of these parklets are:

The city will begin accepting 2017 parklet season applications this fall. More information is available on the City’s website.