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Growing MPLS

September 2016

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


Open Streets: West Broadway

Saturday, September 10, 11am-5pm
For the first time, Open Streets is going to North Minneapolis on West Broadway with activities and entertainment for people of all ages! Event is free and open to the public.
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6th Annual Partners with Youth Conference

Friday, September 16, 9:30am
Minneapolis Convention Center 

This conference will bring together nearly 200 youth-serving professionals for a great learning experience and the opportunity to share knowledge and network. Registration deadline is September 9.
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Minne-Mile NightMarket

Saturday, September 17, 5pm-10pm,
Adams Triangle, 4051 Minnehaha Avenue
This is a semi-annual family-friendly event for local businesses, food, artists, and makers to showcase their businesses on the Minnehaha Mile. This NightMarket is organized by a group of businesses committed to showcasing the shopping district for all items reused, recycled, or repurposed. This event is hosted by Minneapolis Craft Market and Minnehaha Mile. Event is free and registration is not required.
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LoLa Art Crawl

Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 
Longfellow Neighborhood
Connect with local artists at their studios, area businesses and at homes throughout Greater Longfellow to discover unique art at over a hundred locations. Event is free and open to the public.
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Parkside at Humboldt Greenway on the Parade of Homes 

4920 Humboldt Lane N, Mpls
Saturday, September 17

Grab a free slider at B-52 Sliders' food truck, enjoy live entertainment and tour the "Baker" model during the Parade of Homes Tour!
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Open Streets: Nicollet

Sunday, September 18, 
Open Streets will take place on Nicollet Avenue between West Lake Street and West 46th Street with activities and entertainment for people of all ages! Event is free and open to the public.
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Twin Cities Startup Week

September 19-25

In every corner of the Twin Cities Metro Area there is a hacker, maker, artist and entrepreneur whose efforts power the future economic vitality of this great state. During this week, we say thank you in the form of attention, praise and money... if you feel so bold. It's an entire week of startups on display. 
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Entrepreneur Expo: Essentials for Small Business Growth

Thursday, September 22, 12:30pm-5pm
Minneapolis Central Library
Learn from successful small business owners at the kickoff panel; develop skills in marketing, finance, operations and artist entrepreneurship; and connect with business development exhibitors and other entrepreneurs.  Free!
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Trans* Equity Summit 

Thursday, Sept. 22, 1pm-5pm
Minneapolis Institute of Art

The theme for this year's Summit is employment, with sessions covering topics of interest to employers, employees, and community members interested in learning about and furthering transgender equity. All are encouraged to attend.
Free and open to the public, but registration for the evening event is required.

Trans* Job Fair

Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, 
Intermedia Arts
2822 Lyndale Avenue South
In conjunction with the Minneapolis Trans* Equity Summit, Twin Cities Pride, Lambda Legal, Intermedia Arts and RARE Productions will host the Trans* Job Fair the following day, featuring some of the Twin Cities top employers. Event is free but registration is required.

Ramen Attack: Artisan Edition

Sunday, September 25, 

Ramen Attack is one of the largest ramen events in the Midwest for all ages celebrating a unique combination of both Japanese and Twin Cities food and culture with local and international celebrity chefs. The event donates net proceeds from food and beverage sales to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization. Event is free and open to the public.
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Open Streets: University of Minnesota

Saturday, October 1
Cedar Riverside/West Bank/Dinkytown
The last Open Streets of the year is around the corner with activities and entertainment for people of all ages! Event is free and open to the public.
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5 to 10 on Hennepin

Every Thursday from
August 18-December 22 the
Hennepin Theatre Trust, Southwest Airlines Co. and Project for Public Spaces (PPS) are joining together to create and activate public spaces in the WeDo™ MPLS Cultural District.
The 5 to 10 on Hennepin project will reimagine a five-block stretch of Hennepin Avenue between 5th and 10th streets as a vibrant destination for everyone to enjoy, activating one block at a time.


Metro Transit Named Best System of the Year

This year, Metro Transit was crowned Outstanding Public Transportation System of the Year by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for their accomplishments in 2013-2015.
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Minneapolis Makes Top 10 for Best Cities to Retire

WalletHub’s new study ranks Minneapolis as the 9th best city in the nation to retire.
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Medtronic Creates Role to Boost Jobs in North Minneapolis, Cedar Riverside

With a new position, Medtronic is hoping to boost employment in North Minneapolis and the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.
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Minneapolis to Get First Ever ‘Kayak Share’

Minneapolis is beginning a first-of-its-kind kayak share program for kayakers to paddle their way along the Mississippi.
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Four Craft Coffee Roasters Building Buzz in MSP

Four local coffee makers are leading the way in establishing the Twin Cities as a major place for craft coffee.
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Taste Preview: The Sioux Chef, an Indigenous Kitchen

By early next year, Minneapolis could be the site of the first native, indigenous, tribal foods restaurant in the whole country.
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Minneapolis Gets A Gathering of Angels

More than 100 angel investors will flock to Minneapolis later this month for the Angel Capital Association’s regional meeting in Minneapolis.
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New & Expanding Businesses






Coworking Space

Contact CPED

612-673-5001 or 311
Staff Directory

Crown Roller Mill
Executive Administration
105 Fifth Avenue South
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Public Service Center
Development Review
Customer Service Center
250 South Fourth Street
Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Map and Parking

City Hall
Business Licensing
350 South 5th Street
Room 1C
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Partner Profile: East Side Neighborhood Services

East Side Neighborhood Services touring a bike plant
East Side Neighborhood Service students tour a bike manufacturing plant for their forklift certification class.

East Side Neighborhood Services (ESNS), organized in 1915, is a nonprofit human service agency that provides services to individuals, families and the communities of primarily Northeast and Southeast Minneapolis.  
ESNS has partnered with Minneapolis Employment and Training to provide personalized career guidance, skills training, and job search services to adults since 1982, and to young people since 2006.
Adult employment services include:

  • Soft skills development, job search services, and work readiness workshops (computer basics, online job search, online application)
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Free computer lab access for participants
  • Technical training that yields industry-recognized credentials for Forklift/Bobcat, ServSafe, and First Aid/CPR
  • Career Pathways Training for Certified Nursing Assistant, Child Development Associate, and Leadership in Hospitality

Thirty-four of the 69 adults served during the last program year found employment and twelve earned industry recognized credentials.
ESNS assists youth and young adults ages 14-24 to identify their strengths, cultivate their career interests, and secure employment with:

  • Goal setting
  • Work readiness training
  • Linkages to credentialed training (ServSafe, CNA, CDA, Doula, Forklift/Bobcat)
  • Paid internships
  • Career pathways exploration in IT and Hospitality
  • One-on-one job placement/case management

Twenty-five of the 66 youth served during the last program year found employment. Five youth received industry recognized credentials while others entered post-secondary and advanced training.

MSP TechHire Program Helps Individuals Transition to Careers in Technology

Jason Hernandez's career path has taken some twists and turns, most notably going from being a music teacher at a catholic school in Excelsior to a technical user support analyst at Medtronic. He was searching for a change of career when he saw an ad for IT-Ready -- a CompTIA A+ certification training program from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, a partner of the MSP TechHire Initiative. He applied immediately.

Once accepted, Jason’s prior computer knowledge of recording software and gaming computers was challenged and expanded. He found the collaborative environment stimulating and helpful in preparing for the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

Photo of Jason Hernandez

He also appreciated how the program immersed its students in the professional realm by requiring business casual dress. IT-Ready’s additional focus on soft skills such as interviewing and public speaking were especially helpful.

Upon graduation, Jason landed a job at Medtronic where he is constantly learning about new programs and is fixing everything from quick computer problems to software application errors.

To learn more about the MSP TechHire initiative and its partners click here.

Over 800 Attend End of Summer Celebration Event at the Guthrie Theater

Photo Collage of STEP-UP Celebration
(Top) Employer of the Year award winners represented by Jennie Carlson of U.S. Bank and Matt Halley of Cookie Cart. (Bottom Left) Supervisor of the year presenters and winners from left to right: R.T. Rybak, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Foundation; Christine Kim of Briggs and Morgan, Anthony Emmanuel of Hope Community; Meghann Gordon of Commonbond Communities; Allison Berg of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; Richard Davis, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bank. (Bottom Right) Mayor Betsy Hodges.

On Thursday, August 18, STEP-UP hosted its 13th annual End of Summer Celebration at the Guthrie Theater. Over 800 STEP-UP interns, supervisors, employers and supporters gathered and filled the room with excitement as they celebrated nearly 1,700 internships.
At the event, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and STEP-UP co-chairs R.T.  Rybak former Mayor and current President and CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation; and Richard Davis, Chairman and CEO of U.S. Bank; announced the 2016 Employer, Intern and Supervisor of the Year awards.
The Employer of the Year award winners were Cookie Cart, a STEP-UP partner since 2010, employing over 200 STEP-UP interns to date, and U.S. Bank, a STEP-UP partner since the program’s founding in 2004, employing 346 interns during this time. 

Supervisor of the Year award winners were Anthony Emmanuel, Hope Community; Meghann Gordon, Commonbond Communities; Allison Berg, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; and Christine Kim, Briggs and Morgan.  Intern of the Year award winners were Mahamed Abdulahi, City of Lakes Community Land Trust; Sephania Coria, CLUES; Simon Rendon, University of Minnesota; and Ashley Yang, City of Minneapolis.

The event was hosted by a STEP-UP Alumnus Aajaze Davis with reflections from two current STEP-UP interns. The celebration featured performances by IntermediaArts and the Patrick Henry High School Elite Step Team.

Learn more about STEP-UP

City Surpasses $1 Billion in Permit Valuations

In August, the City of Minneapolis announced they reached another milestone; surpassing the $1 billion mark for approved construction faster than any previous year on record. This is the fifth consecutive year that Minneapolis has had more than $1 billion in construction projects approved since 2000 based on the value of permits issued for the year.

The construction activity derives from a variety of sources demonstrating the strength and vibrancy of the city’s economy. Housing development continues to play a major role as the influx of people wanting to move into the city is evident in the many multi-story apartment buildings currently underway including the Lennar mix-use development at 315 1st Avenue South and the new apartments and townhouses being built at 100 Hennepin Avenue.  Other large projects include major new developments or remodels at institutions such as HCMC, the Veterans Home, Target Center, and Mount Olivet Church.  

The top 10 projects by permit valuation this year include:

  1. Hennepin County Outpatient Center at 715 8th Street South valued at $134,858,902
  2. Nordhaus at 315 1st Avenue NE valued at $74,935,127
  3. Veterans Home Building at 5101 Minnehaha Avenue valued at $50,029,466
  4. Target Center Remodel at 600 1st Avenue North valued at $42,196,846
  5. Minneapolis Regional Service Center at 3029 22nd Avenue South valued at $36,290,614
  6. Maverick at 100 Hennepin Avenue valued at $31,925,920
  7. Kraus Anderson Block Parking Garage at 523 8th Street South valued at $24,500,000
  8. Mt. Olivet Care View at 5517 Lyndale Avenue South valued at $23,820,654
  9. Augsburg College, Hagfors Center for Science, Business, and Religion at 700 21st Avenue South valued at $23,500,000
  10. Baker Building at 706 2nd Avenue South valued at $21,884,864

Read the full media advisory online.

Silicon North Stars Tour Top Tech Companies in California

Silicon North Stars

The City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program partnered for a third year with the Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit organization founded by Google directors Steve and Mary Grove.

Silicon North Stars is an experiential education program that gives a group of high-potential incoming ninth-graders (eight from Minneapolis STEP-UP and eight from St. Paul high schools) the opportunity to spend a week in California's Silicon Valley, learning about technology from some of the top tech companies and startups in the world.

Steve Grove, who grew up in Northfield, Minnesota said, “We felt like we can make the biggest impact with students who show a lot of promise but may not have as much opportunity.” 

The group spent the week of July 31st visiting Google, Facebook, YouTube, GoPro, and a Venture Capital Firm.  They also toured Stanford University and met with industry mentors who worked with them on goal setting.  Mid-week the youth shifted gears and learned about design thinking and created a tech solution to a problem posed to them. At the end of the week they pitched their start-up ideas to Silicon Valley tech leaders at an event in San Francisco.  The youth will continue to have quarterly meetings in the Twin Cities throughout high school.

Anna Peterson, Director of STEP-UP chaperoned the trip.  “The youth come out of their shells and shift their thinking throughout the week.  They begin to focus on innovation and big dreams, and they start to believe in all possibilities for their futures.”

Downtown Minnneapolis Surface Parking Lot Redevelopment

Downtown Surface Parking Lot Redevelopment Map

As Minneapolis grows, one of the most encouraging transformations has been the emergence of active and productive uses where parking lots once existed. Minneapolis’ growth strategy includes encouraging robust investment in the core of the city. While Minneapolis can be proud of its lively downtown, City policies and the Downtown 2025 Plan envision an even brighter future for those parts of downtown that have been dominated by parking lots.

The City of Minneapolis restricted the establishment or expansion of parking lots in the downtown area beginning in 1999.  Since that time, the public, private, and non-profit sectors have expanded the range of options for arriving downtown without a personal automobile. Council Member Lisa Goodman, who authored the City’s downtown surface parking ordinance, noted, “After much of our downtown fabric suffered from years of buildings being torn down for surface parking, we said ‘enough is enough.’ People have been steadily repurposing existing buildings and replacing parking lots with more productive uses. Our strategy has been extremely effective, but more work remains.” 

Council Member Jacob Frey also added, “We went to war on surface parking lots, and I’m proud to say we’re winning! A previous ocean of nothingness is being transformed to a vibrant urban paradise with mixed use development, public realm improvement, and excitement. We promised a rocking downtown, and we are delivering.” 

CPED staff has mapped a 10-year snapshot of the disappearance of downtown parking lots, from 2006 to 2016.   

Developer Sought for Upper Harbor Terminal

Image of the Upper Harbor Development with Phase Layout
Photo by Bordner Aerials, courtesy of the City of Minneapolis.

The City of Minneapolis (City) and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) are seeking a creative and skilled real estate developer to partner in redevelopment of the Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) site, Phase 1. UHT is a 48-acre, former shipping terminal property located on the west bank of the river between 33rd Avenue N. and about 40th Avenue N., just a few miles from downtown.

Redevelopment of the site is a high priority for the City and the MPRB because of its potential to address some of the long-standing disparities faced in this area, plus there is potential to create significant park and destination amenities to put the North Side of Minneapolis on par with other areas of the city. Work along the upper river follows upon the highly successful redevelopment of the central riverfront near downtown Minneapolis, which has seen more than $2 billion in private investment in the last few decades.

More information about the site and development opportunity can be found here.

DocuMNtary: The Story of TECH in Minnesota

Documentary Logo

DocuMNtary is a project developed by Nick Roseth and Eric Jenson to build awareness of technology in Minnesota by telling the story of tech through a documentary series. The project's objective is to help Minnesota become a top five tech community by retaining and attracting top technology talent.

The series consists of a 30-minute high-level story, and individual 5-10 minute stories from specific people, companies, industries, or other components of our ecosystem. The documentary format allows Nick and Eric to tell the world not only about our great community, innovation, and company stories, but also gives them the opportunity to talk about our great music scene, values, outdoor life, culinary wonders, and a booming craft beer industry to name just a few things that make Minnesota what it is.

The film premiere of DocuMNtary - The Story of Tech in Minnesota will be on Thursday, September 22 at 7:00pm as part of Twin Cities Startup Week following the 2016 MN Cup Final Awards Reception. To learn more about this project or to reserve tickets visit here

Looking for a Job? Attend the Minneapolis Urban League Hiring and Training Fair

Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis
Thursday, September 15

The Minneapolis Urban League will be holding a Hiring and Training Fair on Thursday, September 15 with employers hiring for health care, light and skilled industrial, customer service, and more.  The event will also feature information on their training and certification programs.

Attendees should bring a government issued ID, multiple copies of their resume, and a list of professional resumes.  Professional attire is required.

For more information visit their website or call 612-302-3123.  The Minneapolis Urban League Hiring and Training Fair is supported by the City of Minneapolis and Hennepin County. 

Manufacturing photo