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

Growing MPLS

July 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. 
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Tour de Camden

Saturday, July 16,
Creekview Park
5001 Humboldt Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55412

This bike tour is a leisurely ride through many of the seven neighborhoods of Camden.
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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. Registration is required.

This event is supported by the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Program.
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Minneapolis Sister Cities Day

Sunday, July 17,
Nicollet Island Pavilion
40 Power Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Celebrate all 12 of the Minneapolis Sister Cities with a FREE Ice Cream Social  and gathering with lots of children activities and entertainment.
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11th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl

July 28 to July 30, 2016
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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Stevens Square (Red Hot) Art & Music Festival

July 30 to July 31, 2016
Stevens Square Park
1801 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Celebrating 15 years of showcasing the best local art & music talent with over 200 local artists, 20 local bands and performers, local food trucks, community organizations, interactive games, and hands-on demonstrations for all ages!
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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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Live on the Drive

Thursday, July 14,
Victory Memorial Parkway
3401 Xerxes Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55412

#MPLS will be performing live followed with a movie in the park.
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Parklets at Five Minneapolis Businesses

Twin Cities Coffee & Deli, Smoke in the Pit BBQ, Angry Catfish Bicycle + Coffee Bar, Hyde Development in partnership with Velo, and Morrissey’s Irish Pub will feature parklets near their doors this summer, providing pedestrians or patrons with space to sit and enjoy the city.
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Minneapolis, Downtown Council Launch Development Website

The Minneapolis Downtown Council and City of Minneapolis announced a new website for downtown visitors aimed at easing confusion in construction-filled streets and potentially drawing even more investment.
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Food Carts Beyond Downtown Minneapolis

Minneapolis City Council member Blong Yang introduced a proposal to allow food carts to sell more broadly throughout the city.
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Seven Local Breweries Selling at U.S. Bank Stadium

The Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium will feature beer from seven local brewers along with a rotating selection of Northeast Minneapolis brews and ciders.
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MEDA 5-Year Plan Promises More Funds for Minority Entrepreneurs

MEDA announced a five-year strategic plan that promises more help for minority entrepreneurs by boosting MEDA's lending capabilities and adding innovations like online courses.
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Wedge, Eastside and Linden Hills Co-ops Merging?

Leaders at three of the Twin Cities largest food cooperatives — Wedge Community Co-op, Linden Hills Co-op and Eastside Food Co-op — are considering a three-way merger. The Star Tribune reports on the plans, which would create an organization with 32,000 members and $75 million in sales.
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Microbrewing's Breakneck Growth Continues: 7 of the Coolest New Craft-Beer Concepts in MSP

According to a CBRE report released earlier this year, the so-called Surly Bill — passed to much fanfare by the Minnesota legislature back in 2011 — touched off a bona fide brewery boom across the North.
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Business Profile: Wholesoul Eatery

Some of Wholesoul's menu. Left: Wings and More; Top Right: Fried Mac and Cheese Balls; Bottom Right: Soultadas

Wholesoul Eatery started in 2014 from Kathleen Johnson’s family long time mission to better health and eating habits.  She and her two daughters cook and serve soulful recipes for all cultures and ages, such as Veggie Mac & 8 cheeses, Wholesoulified chopped house salad, Wings That’ll Make You Sing, and their signature Katfish menu items.

Kathleen’s knowledge of the music industry translated to Wholesoul Eatery by bringing her food to Live music events and artists.  Thanks to the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), a provider of the City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP), Wholesoul received assistance via an entrepreneurs training course, securing a small business start-up loan from the Neighborhood Development Center (NDC), and partnering with the Black Chamber of Commerce (BCC) to cover half the amount of the  mobile unit.

Among her notable accomplishments, Kathleen was a back up vocalist at Paisley Park and on tour with opening act for Prince who was respected and impressed by her talent and Wholesoul.  In return he also allowed  Wholesoul as the official cooks for ‘Paisley Park after dark” and VIP caterers for his sold-out release performances of “Piano and a mic” at Paisley Park.

1,700 STEP-UP Interns are on the Job

STEP-UP Interns Collage
STEP-UP interns at their worksites

STEP-UP kicked off its 13th summer on June 20 with 1,700 Minneapolis youth and young adults ages 14-21 starting their paid summer internships at over 230 participating government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  

“Today the City of Minneapolis gained a whole lot of genius,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Each and every one of our new interns has unique talents they bring to the table; we are so excited to have them join our team.”

Created in 2004, STEP-UP has provided nearly 21,000 internship opportunities for Minneapolis youth and young adults who face some of the greatest barriers to employment including youth from families of lower economic backgrounds, youth of color, and youth with disabilities.

A graduation celebration will be held on August 18 for all interns, supervisors and other program supporters at the Guthrie Theater. To learn more about STEP-UP visit here.  

Partner Profile: CLUES

Program participants asking many questions during a class session. Photo credit: Jorge Amerigo

The City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) added Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES) as a new service provider in April 2016 to keep up with the demand for business assistance in the Latino Community. Since then, many entrepreneurs have stepped forward seeking assistance from CLUES in owning, maintaining or expanding a Minneapolis business.

CLUES opened their Lake Street location in 1991 and have been continuously expanding to benefit the local Latino community. Through B-TAP, CLUES offers one-on-one technical assistance including business knowledge assessments, financial coaching, budgeting and credit building. 

CLUES has given thousands inside and outside of the Twin Cities’ Latino community access to countless resources for economic sustainability, personal enhancement, and community engagement since they first opened with a Mental Health Services Center in West St. Paul in 1981. Since then, CLUES has expanded services to provide assistance in financial empowerment, job search, employment and education, and senior and youth services among many others.

Minneapolis: An Amazing Work Place

Minneapolis, Amazing Place

Amazing Place: Six Cities Using the New Recipe for Economic Development is a new report by Smart Growth America detailing six US cities, including Minneapolis, which are changing the way they recruit companies and residents to live and work. Not using a model of tax breaks and subsidies to strictly gain employers, these cities are investing in neighborhoods where coffee shops, restaurants, nightlife, culture centers, public transit, affordable living places, and gathering spaces are all within walking distance.

Many businesses from new startups and manufacturers to Fortune 500 companies are moving towards places that can enhance quality of life for their employees. In turn, they locate to cities with potential for high-quality employees in high-quality living places.

Other cities following this strategy are Boise, ID; Pittsburgh, PA; Greenville, SC; Nashville, TN; and Denver, CO. These smart growth strategies have worked in bigger cities such as New York City and San Francisco. 

City of Minneapolis Foreclosure Recovery Analysis Very Positive

The City of Minneapolis has completed an analysis of its foreclosure recovery investments made from 2008-2014. The Foreclosure Recovery Analysis was completed by Corporate F.A.C.T.S., a national consultant to the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and funded by National LISC. In that period, the City of Minneapolis invested approximately $115 million to support its foreclosure recovery efforts.

The results from Minneapolis investments were impressive. Over 1,620 homeowners received home improvement loans, 429 housing units were created, 710 homeowners received down payment assistance, 266 new homeowners received first mortgage financing, and 477 vacant or abandoned residential properties were acquired for redevelopment.

“The foreclosure crisis was devastating for so many Minneapolis residents, especially those living on the Northside who were hit the hardest and who had matters complicated by the 2011 tornado,” said Council President Barbara Johnson. “I am so proud of the work we did as a City to assist thousands of residents to keep their homes and become homeowners during these difficult years.”

To see the full report, visit the City of Minneapolis website.

Partner Profile: EMERGE Community Development

IT Ready Graduates
The women only IT Ready cohort graduated from EMERGE

EMERGE, a Minneapolis Employment and Training service provider since 1986, provides individual job coaching and a suite of services to youth and adults at its North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside locations. Seven job counselors help those seeking employment and/or training by removing barriers, matching job seekers with employers, work readiness training, career exploration, mock interviewing, retention maintenance, transportation assistance, and provision of interview and work clothes. Minneapolis Employment and Training also funds individualized train-to-career programs, and an IT Ready training at EMERGE (part of MSP TechHire).

EMERGE’s approach meets people where they are, partners with them, and ensures that their job search matches their goals and priorities. It has recently adopted a “rolling” cohort model for HIRE Ground, a self-exploration/work readiness workshop which is flexible and responsive, allowing a participant to join the class any day of the week. The curriculum is project based and participants can work on projects at their own pace.

EMERGE is proud of its culturally appropriate job readiness workshops for the East African population served in Cedar Riverside and of the success of its recent IT Ready women only cohort that 19 women finished.

This year, Minneapolis Employment and Training selected EMERGE as a BUILD Leaders program partner to train disenfranchised young adults, ages 18-24, to teach youth violence prevention skills to children in North Minneapolis.

Results of EMERGE’s Minneapolis Employment and Training programs from June 2015 – June 2016:

  • 473 clients were served.
  • 206 were placed in jobs.
  • 39 successfully completed training.
  • 27 received industry-recognized credentials or certificates.
  • 161 attended work readiness classes.
  • 64% of placements are making $12.00 an hour or above.

Read more about EMERGE’s successes in the 2015 Annual Report.

Officials Announce Next Phase of Nicollet Mall Reconstruction

Nicollet Mall Event
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Minneapolis Downtown Council President and CEO Steve Cramer, President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis Melvin Tennant, City Council President Barbara Johnson, City Council Member Lisa Goodman, and City Council Member Jacob Frey attending Nicollet Mall press conference on June 15.

At a press conference on June 15, Minneapolis Mayor, Betsy Hodges; Minneapolis Downtown Council President and CEO, Steve Cramer; President and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, Melvin Tennant; City Council President Barbara Johnson; and City Council Members Lisa Goodman and Jacob Frey along with members of the Nicollet Mall Implementation Committee announced a three-phase process by which Nicollet Mall will be finished, with substantial completion by the end of 2017 and finishing touches in spring/summer of 2018.

“With Nicollet Mall serving as a centerpiece, we continue to create a highly attractive, world-class, 21st-century city,” said Mayor Hodges.

In addition, Cramer announced the launch of The Minneapolis Big Build, a development campaign led by the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and Meet Minneapolis. This campaign showcases the more than a dozen major projects that are transforming the city and represent a total investment of approximately $2 billion.

For more details, visit the Minneapolis Big Build website. For more information on the Nicollet Mall Project, click here.

Join a Conversation on Inclusive Hiring

The City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, and Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development, in collaboration with our community partners, invite you to a conversation on inclusive hiring. Leaders whose specialties encompass diversity and organizational development will share their experience, challenges, and vision through dialogue with business services professionals.

Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
South Minneapolis Workforce Center, 777 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
A light breakfast will be provided. 

Free parking is available in the Workforce Center surface lot. Please check in at the main floor reception desk. Meeting will take place on the second level, in Room 207.

New Guide to Inclusive Hiring, a Tool for Hiring

New Guide to Inclusive Hiring Front Page Screen shot

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training recently developed a Guide to Inclusive Hiring for employers interested in exploring and evolving their hiring systems. Employers use the guide to proactively plan for talent acquisition by tapping into proven strategies and tactics.

Inclusive hiring is powered by diverse approaches to talent acquisition. Today’s successful organizations expand networks and design customized approaches to cultivate inclusion. The Guide offers employers a template for building on successful tactics, while also analyzing critical, higher-level factors. It serves as a hands-on tool for evaluating organizational performance along a spectrum, with leading practices clearly defined. The hiring cycle is broken into five components: planning, sourcing, evaluating, hiring and retaining.

The Guide may be viewed, downloaded and printed here.