Growing Minneapolis: News from the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

Growing MPLS

October 2016

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


6th Somali Business Community Forum

Tuesday, October 18
9 am - 11 am

Phillips Community Center Gym
2323 11th Ave S. 

Council Member Abdi Warsame and Mayor Betsy Hodges will host the 6th Somali Business Community Forum. The focus of the forum is to provide assistance to owners and managers of Somali food businesses.

More information 

Help the City of Minneapolis Plan for the Future!

Minneapolis 2040 is an update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan, a document that shapes how Minneapolis will grow and change. The plan covers housing, job creation, the design of new buildings, and how we use our streets.

We want to hear from you! The City is hosting two family-friendly, interactive open houses in order to obtain feedback on the Comprehensive Plan. Attendees will have the opportunity to share comments with City planners and engage with artists to plan for the future development of Minneapolis. There will also be complimentary food and refreshments from local vendors.

Tuesday, October 25
5-7:30 pm
Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake Street


Thursday, October 27
5 - 7:30 pm
North Commons Park
1801 James Ave N.

For more information on the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Planning process visit To stay up to date on the latest Minneapolis 2040 news and event information follow us on Twitter @Mpls2040 and share your feedback using the hashtag #MplsBigIdeas on your favorite social media.  

Connecting Minneapolis Residents to Jobs through Job Fairs

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training, in partnership with Hennepin County, works hard each year to plan, promote, and deliver a series of community-based job fairs in Minneapolis by  collaborating with diverse community organizations to accomplish this work. The goal is to recruit 200 employers to participate in job fairs in underserved communities. Exhibiting space is free of charge.

To date, eleven events have been planned, with many still coming this fall.

CLUES Job Fair
Wednesday, October 26
11 am - 3 pm 
Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Park Pavilion.
4055 Nicollet Ave

2nd Annual IT Career and Training Expo in partnership with MN Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Tuesday, November 15 
11 am - 3 pm 
Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall

For more details, and for employer registration, email Marie Larson at or call at 612.673.5292

State of Minnesota Career Fair

October 29
10 am - 4 pm

MN Senate Bldg.
95 University Ave. W
Saint Paul

Every state agency will be represented at the career fair. Workshops on resumes, interviewing and how to apply for state jobs will be presented.Click here for more information.

BeltramiSCARE: Revenge of the Goat

Saturday, October 29
6pm - 9pm

Beltrami Park
1111 Summer St. NE

BeltramiScare is back! This time, the goats are out for their revenge! Dare to take the haunted park tour with tour guide Ole Johnson. Learn it's haunted history as Maple Hill Cemetery and try to avoid the goat's wrath. 

Visit the Facebook Event Page to get current updates.


More People in Minneapolis are Biking and Walking to Work 

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey showed that 5 percent of Minneapolis residents biked to work in 2015, marking the highest percentage of Minneapolis bike commutes to date and the second highest number of bike commuters per capita in the U.S.

This rise comes after a push by the City to make Minneapolis more accessible to bikers and walkers. The City’s Climate Action Plan sets a goal to increase the number of bike commuters to 15 percent by 2025 because of the benefits such as decreased greenhouse gas pollution, less traffic congestion, less maintenance cost on roadways, and a healthier population. 

For more information on walking in Minneapolis, click here

Coming Soon! 800 West Broadway

The West Broadway Education and Career Center will soon be home to the Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development's (DEED) North Minneapolis WorkForce Center, and NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center. These major partners will work hand-in-hand to better serve north Minneapolis residents with workforce training and resources, secondary and post-secondary education assistance and health services.

MPS will be going into the Center in November and the North Minneapolis WorkForce Center will begin their move to the new building in December.  NorthPoint will arrive early next year.

To learn more, check out the 800 West Broadway website.

New & Expanding Businesses




Co-working Space


Banking Services



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

Business Profile: Minnesota Karate and Fitness

Photo of children participating in a Minnesota Karate class
Students attend a class at Minnesota Karate and Fitness. Source: Minnesota Karate and Fitness

Aaron Pallesen decided to start something new; he wanted to be able to provide access to affordable martial arts and fitness education to low-income communities. With his years of experience as a successful manager of a martial arts chain, he opened Minnesota Karate and Fitness on Marshall St. SE in 2015.  Minnesota Karate and Fitness offers affordable martial arts classes to kids and adults to build confidence and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

To secure a permanent location for his studio he contacted the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), a current provider of the City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP).  MCCD helped Aaron and his business partner acquire a loan for the facility, create a competitive pricing guide, and create and update their business plan.

Minnesota Karate and Fitness has been so successful with near max capacity of 50-55 students per day, Aaron is now looking for a larger facility that will accommodate over 10,000 square feet.  It’s been an exciting journey and he is excited to see where it continues to take them in the future, with of course, MCCD providing guidance at their side.

Partner Profile: Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis

Lee Truer, Career Counselor at JFCS, shares her expertise and commitment to her work with every customer she encounters.
Lee Truer, Career Counselor at JFCS, shares her expertise and commitment to her work with every customer she encounters.

For over 10 years Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) has been providing career and training services for Minneapolis Employment and Training participants, including core services like outreach and intake, eligibility determination, skills assessments, evaluations of barriers, individual employment plans, referrals, career counseling, wrap-around services, training plans, job search skills, job placement assistance, and retention services. However, beyond these services JFCS delivers a unique pre-service assessment that goes deeper than establishing eligibility and affords a customized experience for each customer according to their needs. Yearly outcomes for JFCS, based on high rates of completion, employment, and job retention, demonstrate its success.

In the last year, the agency’s work in the Career Training Assistance program served 25 people. CTA’s placement rate was 92% and the credential attainment rate was 88%; both over expected outcomes. Further, their work on TechHIRE awarded scholarships to 22 students to attend coding boot camps. Currently 15 have completed, while six students are still in training. Of the 15 who completed training, 12 achieved employment at an average wage of $22.55 per hour.

Looking forward and to innovation, JFCS is excited to offer a new tool called Interview Stream that will allow customers to work with employment counselors and specialists to practice interviews in new ways. Interview questions can be customized and a practice interview can be recorded using any device that can be used to access the Internet and has a camera.

More information about the many services and programs offered at JFCS can be found by visiting its website.

Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth Conference 2016

Mayor Betsy Hodges poses with Minneapolis BUILD Leaders who were attending the PARTNERS conference.
Mayor Betsy Hodges poses with Minneapolis BUILD Leaders who were attending the PARTNERS conference.

On September 16, 217 metro area youth work professionals and community leaders gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the annual Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth conference. For the sixth year, the City of Minneapolis has supported the convening of youth workers and provided workshops that speak to the expertise of youth work professionals.

Attendees enjoyed workshops that evoked critical discussion and reflection on the topics of quality afterschool programming, racial equity, youth employment, violence prevention, sex trafficking, social emotional learning, LGBTQA youth, family engagement, and more.

Mayor Hodges gave a welcome presentation that thanked youth work professionals for their outstanding commitment and vision for young people in our community to be safe, engaged, and thriving. 

The Partners with Youth Conference was sponsored by Minneapolis Employment and Training, the Minneapolis Health Department, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Youthprise, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency prevention (OJJDP).

Business Profile: Tweak the Glam Studio

Before and after eyelash extensions from Tweak the Glam Studio
Before and after eyelash extensions. Source: Tweak the Glam Studio

Tiwanna, owner of Tweak the Glam Studio in the North Loop, always had a passion for beauty and fashion. After years of working in the mortgage and banking industry, Tiwanna decided to pursue her dream of working full-time in the beauty industry. She left corporate America and went to beauty school to become a licensed esthetician. Her dream became a reality when she opened Tweak the Glam Studio in 2014, where she specializes in eyelash extensions. Tiwanna also has plans to expand her services to 3D micro-blading for eyebrows and more in the near future.

Before opening Tweak the Glam Studio, Tiwanna researched business assistance resources available to small business owners and discovered Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD), a provider of the City of Minneapolis’ Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP).  When she found the perfect location in the trendy North Loop neighborhood to open her business, MCCD helped her acquire the financing she needed. After a loan, two grants, and many hours dedicated to her dream, Tiwanna opened Tweak the Glam Studio opened at 701 North 3rd St. In the future, Tiwanna plans to take Tweak the Glam Studio to the next level with a new business plan that incorporates additional employees and services.  

Broadway Flats Transforms the Intersection of Penn and Broadway

Photo of Broadway Flats Exterior
Broadway Flats located at 2505 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

In May 2011, the intersection of Penn and Broadway was decimated by the tragic tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis, leaving hundreds of homes and dozens of businesses in ruins. On Friday, September 16, five years later, the intersection has transformed into the Broadway Flats, a new housing and retail project developed by Rose Development LLC. The grand opening event was hosted by Dean Rose with speakers Mayor Betsy Hodges, Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal and HUD Midwest Regional Administrator Antonio Riley. Ward 5 Council Member Blong Yang attended the event, along with Council Member Lisa Goodman, who led support for affordable housing funding for the development.

Broadway Flats contains 103 affordable rental units including 10 studio, 78 one-bedroom and 15 two-bedroom units, with rent beginning below $600 for studios, $763 for one-bedrooms, and topping off at $1,150 for large two-bedrooms. Amenities include a green roof, balconies over West Broadway and Penn Ave., business and community rooms, shared surface parking, storage, laundry, and fitness facilities.

Approximately half of the 19,000 sq. ft. retail space facing West Broadway will be anchored by Broadway Liquor Outlet. The project expects there will be at least two additional retail tenants to occupy the other half of the space. The completion of Broadway Flats is an example of a plan that turned tragedy into an opportunity to reinvent the neighborhood.

Rhonda Engleman: Re-entering the Workforce with IT-Ready

Rhonda Engleman left her job in health care to become a stay-at-home mom. As her children grew older, however, she wanted to reenter the workforce.  So, she went to the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training website for information on finding employment and discovered MSP TechHire. Through that, she found the Creating IT Futures IT-Ready program and applied for it right away.

Photo of Rhonda Engelman

Every day of the eight week program was different and exciting to Rhonda.  Some days she was being challenged by new ideas from industry professionals and other days she had to disassemble computers and put them back together – making sure they worked. IT-Ready also emphasized public speaking, participating in teamwork exercises, and building relationships with other students, who through the experience became lifelong friends. Rhonda’s IT-Ready experience cumulated by taking her CompTIA A+ certification and receiving a job offer as a Technical Analyst with Medtronic, allowing her to continue to explore her interest in the medical field.  Rhonda says that the IT field is not just for anyone that is a math or science whiz, but for anyone that has a desire and commitment to learning something new.

Learn more about the MSP TechHire Initiative and its associated programs, such as IT-Ready.

Minneapolis Welcomes its First Woonerf

Top: Mill City Quarter's Woonerf, Bottom: Interior of Mill City Quarter
Top: The woonerf at Mill City Quarter. Bottom: Mill City Quarter apartment interior.

The Mill City Quarter Apartments officially opened on September 15, 2016, in the Downtown Minneapolis’ Mill District, providing the area with a new affordable apartment community targeted at downtown workers and active seniors. The grand opening event was hosted by Brian Flakne of Lupe Development Partners, with speakers Representative Raymond Dehn and 3rd Ward Council Member Jacob Frey, who thanked Council Member Lisa Goodman for her longstanding support of the project. 

Developed in conjunction with the Abiitan Community by Ecumen, Mill City Quarter specifically targets seniors (although all ages are welcome). Monthly rates begin at $763 and top out at $1,150. The first structure consists of a six-story building with 150 affordable housing units and 15,000 sq ft of retail space and the second structure will be a five-story senior housing complex with 104 units of independent senior living and 45 memory care units with below grade parking.

 Set on one of the Mill District’s last open parcels of land, Mill City Quarter contains Minneapolis’ first woonerf, a traffic-calming, shared and curbless area which gives priority to bicycles and pedestrians. Vehicles can only travel under 10 mph, making pedestrians the focus of the space. The woonerf, which has been designated an official part of the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s bike trail system, will eventually connect the apartments to the Mississippi River, mimicking the historic rail corridor between 1st and 2nd Street South.

18 More MSP TechHire Students Graduate from Cisco IT Essentials Training Course

Photo of TechHire Graduates
Graduates of Cisco IT Essentials at EMERGE

On Wednesday, September 28, 18 students graduated from the Cisco IT Essentials training course, an introductory IT course sponsored by Minnesota Computers for Schools and EMERGE, partners of the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training MSP TechHire program. 17 students received a certificate of graduation at the event, and five were honored for completing internships. Students of the course became versed in the computer hardware and software skills necessary for entry-level ICT positions.

After earning their IT Essentials certification, 12 students have moved up to the next step of IT Training, the A+ prep class.  For those interested in beginning their IT education, there are two upcoming opportunities to enroll in Adult IT Essentials beginning on Monday, November 14 at Neighborhood House and on Monday, December 4 at EMERGE. 

MSP TechHire is an initiative to close the workforce skills gap in the high tech economy by building a path for diverse workers to access training, support and tech jobs across the Greater Minneapolis Region.  To learn more about the City’s involvement or its partners visit here.

Parkside at Humboldt Greenway Grand Opening

Photo of Parkside at Humboldt home
Parkside at Humbolt Greenway homes

Nestled in the Lind-Bohanon and Shingle Creek Neighborhoods, the Parkside at Humboldt Greenway is a new housing development created in partnership with Hennepin County, Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation and MyHomeSource. It is the second and final phase of an amenity-rich development that City and County leaders have been envisioning for North Minneapolis for years. Mayor Betsy Hodges, Council President Barbara Johnson, Carolyn Olson, President of Metropolitan Housing Corporation; Bob Lux, President of Alatus; and Danyika Leonard, a current Humboldt Greenway neighborhood resident, all spoke at the grand opening on September 15.

This 65-home project will help fulfill the need for high-quality, affordable and energy-efficient homes, with further goals to increase the presence of mixed-income neighborhoods in Minneapolis. Starting at $299,900, these 1600 sq. foot, 3-4 bedroom/2.5 bath homes are close to great schools, parks and trails, and easy access to downtown via public transit. Nearby amenities include Bohanon Park, North Mississippi Regional Park and the New Hennepin County Library opening in 2017. So far, four homes have been completed, five have been sold and five are under construction.

Click here for more information.