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

Growing MPLS

December 2016

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


Casket Arts Holiday Marketplace

Saturday, December 10th
10 am - 6 pm

Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE, 1st Floor
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Casket Arts continues a new Northeast tradition – their second annual Holiday Marketplace! Over 40 Northeast Minneapolis artists and makers will line the first floor hallways, showing paintings, jewelry, prints, tiles, sculpture, gifts, and more in one convenient location. Live music and food all day! Free admission. 

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Maker’s Market at A-Mill Artist Lofts 

Saturday, December 10
10 am - 8 pm  
Sunday, December 11
Noon - 5 pm 

Pillsbury A-Mill Artist Lofts
315 SE Main St. 
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Paintings, pottery, sculpture, photography, fiber arts, millinery, artisan goods and more. There will also be refreshments, patisserie items, an hourly raffle, a fashion show, and entertainment by resident musicians hosted by BridgeArts. $2 entry fee.

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Fix-It Clinic

Sunday, December 11th
Noon - 4 pm

Grace Center for Community Life
1500 6th Street NE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413

Got broken stuff at home? Learn valuable repair skills at an upcoming Fix-It Clinic. Residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items.

Fix-It Clinics teach valuable troubleshooting and basic repair skills, build community connections and reduce the number of repairable objects that are thrown in the trash.

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Community Accelerator

Tuesday, December 13th 
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Impact Hub MSP
250 3rd Avenue North #550
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Impact Hub is a global community of people from every profession, background and culture working at ‘new frontiers’ to tackle the world’s most pressing social, cultural and environmental challenges.

On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, Impact Hub MSP gets together to share current projects, their needs and skills, and discuss how they can help each other succeed.

Everyone is welcome to Impact Hub MSP. Members are able to attend this event free of charge as part of their membership access. For non-members, there is a $10 drop-in rate to offset our costs which will cover access to the convening and 4-hours of co-working time.

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NFL wants to give Minnesota's small businesses opportunities for Super Bowl LII

On Dec. 2, the NFL, in partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, launched the Super Bowl Business LII Business Connect Program, a networking event at the University of St. Thomas where local businesses will learn how they can compete for Super Bowl LII contracts. The program is designed for certified, local businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans and members of the LGBT community. 

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Five Minnesota Tech Companies Make The 2016 Deloitte Technology Fast 500

The Deloitte Technology Fast 500 measures innovation, entrepreneurship and rapid growth to identify “companies on the cutting edge that are transforming the way we do business.”

Similar to the Inc. 500/5,000, but with an exclusive tech sector focus, their profiling provides insight into which local companies are growing based on percentage fiscal year revenue from 2012 to 2015. In 2012 and 2013, three Minnesota technology companies had ranked; in 2014and 2015, it was four.

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Northside’s New Rules rewrites the rules on coworking 

With their grand opening just this past October, New Rules is part groove studio and music lounge, marketplace, design workshop and laboratory. With a 3,000-square-foot space in North Minneapolis, fresh wood floors, framed photography by local artists and bright accent furniture, it is truly a brick-and-mortar workplace dreamscape.

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612 Sauna Society first sauna cooperative in the U.S. 

In 2013, John Pederson built the Firehouse Sauna, a mobile trailer-sized sauna that quickly moved from a personal project to something he shared with friends. It grew into the 612 Sauna Society, which will soon become the first sauna cooperative in the country.

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Super Bowl spurs Mpls. hotel boom 

By the time the Super Bowl comes to US Bank Stadium in 2018, there will be over 1,000 brand new hotel rooms in Minneapolis. Radisson RedEmbassy Suites, and AC Hotel have all recently opened up in downtown Minneapolis. The Hewing Hotel, located in a century-old former brick and timber warehouse, is also opening in the North Loop.

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    Partner Profile: Pillsbury United Communities

    Pillsbury United Communities Collage
    Top: Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO, PUC, accepts 2015 STEP-UP Employer of the Year Award from Mayor Betsy Hodges. Bottom: PUC Culinary Arts Training program student and teacher chef.

    Pillsbury United Communities (PUC) works in partnership with City of Minneapolis Employment and Training to offer results driven employment services for Minneapolis Works  and Minneapolis Youth Works.  These services include work readiness, job placement and retention, and include career planning, resume development, and interviewing practice.

    Client services emphasize relationship building by offering one-on-one job counseling and assistance in community centers with deep roots in the neighborhoods of North and South Minneapolis.

    The agency also offers a successful Culinary Arts Training program where participants receive training in a licensed kitchen under the direction of qualified chefs. Participants in this track also receive the industry-recognized ServSafe Food Handler’s Certificate.

    In 2015, PUC won the Best Community Impact Award from the United Way and the STEP-UP Employer of the Year Award.

    IT-Ready Graduate Expands Knowledge at PRIME Digital Academy

    Photo of John Amakye

    After graduating from college with a degree in political science and communication, John Amakye began his career in personal finance. But after a few years John was ready for a change. He knew his love for problem solving and computers had the potential to turn into a job, so he began to look for training and work opportunities in the IT industry.

    During his search for a new career, John, a resident of northeast Minneapolis, discovered the Creating IT Futures IT-Ready program through the Minneapolis Workforce Center. IT-Ready is a program of the City of Minneapolis’ TechHire Initiative designed to help close the skills gap in the IT industry by building a path for diverse workers to access training, support and tech jobs. At first, John thought IT-Ready, a 4-month, full-time program that provides free education, training and career placement, sounded too good to be true. However, he decided to apply and was accepted in 2015, where he learned many in-demand skills including a general overview of IT, an introduction to CompTIA+ certification and soft skills such as team work.

    IT-Ready’s career placement program helped connect John to a job at the City of Minneapolis. At the City, John was employed as a Service Desk Agent until fall 2016, when he began a new endeavor into software development. With financial support from the City, John is currently attending PRIME Digital Academy, an 18-week coding bootcamp. John says that, “attending Prime has been an excellent opportunity to learn to become a  full stack  developer with a great team of students and instructors.”

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

    STEP-UP Youth Employment Program Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2017

    Photo of STEP-UP Youth

    This past week, the City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP began accepting applications for 2017 summer internship placements. STEP-UP serves Minneapolis youth who face some of the greatest barriers to employment, including youth from disadvantaged economic backgrounds, youth of color, youth from recent immigrant families, and youth with disabilities, providing them with work readiness training and summer internships at over 230 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies. 

    Since its launch in 2004, STEP-UP has provided over 24,000 internship opportunities. Throughout their internship they gain valuable on-the job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may have not otherwise accessed without STEP-UP. STEP-UP alumnus Abdirkhader said, “I gained a lot of skills and experience. I worked at Children's Minnesota with a lot of great, professional people who helped me think about my future.”

    Eligible Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2017 STEP-UP class have until February 10, 2017, to complete an application online.

    Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2017 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website

    STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls.  Other major partners include Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Project for Pride in Living.

    New Blog about Nicollet Mall Public Art

    CPED and Public Works announce a new blog on the historic and new public artworks for Nicollet Mall. As a part of the Mall renovation, the historic artwork is being removed, restored and reinstalled in 2017. Additionally, the city has commissioned new artworks to complement the new design, and represent the diverse range of public artists of today’s generation. Regina Flanagan, local artist, landscape architect, and public art administrator, is the author of the blog and one of four artists chosen for the Mall art project through a nationwide open call and interviews. Her role is to curate and integrate the new public art being created and to coordinate community engagement activities.

    Photo of clock in Nicollet Mall

    The current blog post features “The Fascinating Story of Jack Nelson’s Sculpture Clock.” For more information, visit: and to receive an update when new blogs are posted, send an email to

    Give PEACE a Chance

    PEACE Firefighter photo

    City of Minneapolis Employment and Training was awarded $500,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor to develop and implement a program to provide pathways for students into justice and emergency services careers. The program, called PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences), gives students hands-on opportunities to learn about these careers through: 

    • Mini-academies designed to offer a real-world perspective.

    • Mentoring by a professional from the industry.

    • Working in paid summer internships in one of the career fields.

    Students will be supported throughout the program by a Minneapolis Public Schools Check & Connect case manager who will keep them on track toward graduation and help guide them in their next education or training steps.

    Other partners include the Minneapolis Police, Fire, and City Attorney’s departments, Hennepin County Medical Center, and several departments within Hennepin County.

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    Eager IT Career Seekers Attend 2nd Annual IT Training Expo

    Photo of Tech Worker
    Source: Creating IT Futures Foundation - IT Ready

    On November 15, over 200 people attended the 2nd annual IT Career and Training Expo hosted by City of Minneapolis Employment and Training in partnership with Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Hennepin County.

    The Expo began with an IT Industry Panel of industry leaders from Xcel Energy, the State of Minnesota and SciTechsperience sharing insider tips and answering questions about industry trends, in-demand skills, and how to enter careers in IT.

    Expo attendees entering the tech field had opportunities to meet local IT training providers to learn about educational opportunities. Employers like the State of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis, and private companies attended the Expo to connect with great potential employees. A pre-Expo workshop was held at the Minneapolis South WorkForce Center to help Expo participants learn about IT careers and to prepare resumes.

    Minneapolis-Saint Paul TechHire training partners also participated in the career expo. MSP TechHire is the City of Minneapolis' 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.

    Conference Supports Employment Counselors’ Work

    Photo of speakers at Minnesota Services to Adults Conference
    800 West Broadway breakout session panelists Naima Bashir (North Point), Leona Martin (DEED), and Leslie Lewandowksi (MPS)

    On November 9, Minneapolis Employment and Training hosted the 2nd annual Minneapolis Services to Adults Conference targeted to employment and training service providers who work with adults (including young adults ages 18-24) in the programs funded by Minneapolis Works, Minneapolis Youth Works, Train-to-Career, Dislocated Worker and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity (WIOA) Adult. Organizations that have applied to become eligible employment and training service providers were also invited.

    Approximately 120 conference participants networked, learned, shared, and grew as professionals. Minneapolis Workforce Development Board Chair Laura Beeth welcomed and thanked attendees for the important work they do to help move Minneapolis job seekers into career pathways that lead to living wage jobs.

    Andre Koen, a local leader in workforce diversity and cultural inclusion, gave the keynote presentation. Ten breakout sessions covered topics ranging from working with ex-offenders, labor market information, Career 101s for in-demand occupations, and more. Exhibitors from 14 sectors, from Apprenticeships to Vocational Rehab, offered resources that conference participants can share and use with their clients.  

    New North Minneapolis Workforce Center Opens

    First Customer at 800 West Broadway
    The North Minneapolis Workforce Center welcomes their first customer; Source: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developmnet (DEED)

    On Tuesday, December 6th, the North Minneapolis Workforce Center opened doors for the first time at 800 West Broadway, the center’s brand new location. The new Workforce Center is open Monday – Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm and can be accessed by Bus Routes 14, 30 and 32. Visitors will still find the same help for job seekers including computer access, office assistance, library access, assistive technology, workshops, and one-on-one job search support in a larger building.

    In addition to career services, the increased space allows for an innovative partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools and NorthPoint Health & Wellness. The partnership will provide benefits such as opportunities for youth and adults to complete their high school diploma and GED, medical, behavioral health and dental services, and a new retail location.

    Find more information about upcoming workshops, hiring events at the new North Minneapolis Workforce Center here.

    U of M Launches Product Design Program to Grow Local Talent

    Source: The Line

    MSP proudly hosts “major product design companies like Target, 3M, Medtronic, General Mills, Cargill,” says Dr. Barry Kudrowitz, McKnight Land-Grant Professor of Product Design at the University of Minnesota. However, he adds, “They’re all hiring their product designers from other states.”

    Kudrowitz and the U of M are changing that, as Kudrowitz has helped spearhead the new Product Design major that the college introduced this fall and he’s excited to see how it develops with time.

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