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

Growing MPLS

March 2017

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


Northside Housing Fair 

Saturday, March 18th 
10 am - 3 pm 

Lucy Craft Laney Elementary 
3333 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412

The Cleveland Neighborhood Association is hosting the Northside Housing Fair on March 18 to connect North Minneapolis residents with resources to meet their housing needs. The Housing Fair will be a one-stop shop for every housing-related resource Northside residents might be looking for. From contractors to loan programs, legal to neighborhood resources, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re a renter or a homeowner!

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Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Saturday, March 18th 
8 am - 5 pm 

COCO Northeast
1400 Van Buren St NE
Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Introduction to Entrepreneurship is an action-oriented, interactive, and collaborative workshop designed to take your business idea and put it into action. You'll study, shape, and fine-tune your business idea with the help of an experienced entrepreneur. The only pre-requisite for this course is having a business idea that you are ready, willing, and excited to share and work on. Walk away with a solid understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses and how they’ll affect your business, a strategy for customer development and acquisition, and advice and tips on all things financial, legal and accounting.

Tickets: $179 - $189

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Taste of West Broadway

Thursday, March 23rd
5 pm - 8 pm

South High School
3131 S 19th Ave 
Minneapolis, MN 55407 

Please join the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition for its annual fundraiser. The event is a celebration showcasing North Minneapolis assets. Food, fun and connection!

The event will feature a local beer tasting, wine tasting, and food served up by our local chefs. We will also have entertainment provided by our talented West Broadway partners. 

Tickets: $35

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Community Connections Conference

Saturday, April 1st
8 am - 3 pm 

Registration opened last week for the sixth annual Community Connections Conference – Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday, April 1. The conference is free. All are welcome to make their voices heard, participate in interactive sessions, and enjoy lunch.

Register, find out more and watch for updates here. Registration will close March 24.

South Minneapolis Housing Fair 

Saturday, April 1st
10 am - 3 pm 

South High School
3131 19th Ave S 
Minneapolis, MN 55407 

A fun home improvement event for the whole family - Whether you are giving a room a "make-over" or starting from the ground up, you'll find answers to all of your questions at the 23rd annual South Minneapolis Housing Fair.

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RyKrisp Building Gets New Life as Business Incubator

In what was once the world’s only RyKrisp factory is now a buzzing building full of small businesses. The factory, located in the Marcy-Holmes neighborhood of Southeast Minneapolis, has been transformed over the past couple years to become the North Co. building. The project’s founders had a goal of creating a home for budding companies, especially those that produce American-made goods.

Renovations are nearly complete on the 94-year-old building, formerly a cracker plant owned by packaged foods company ConAgra. Once of the last pieces is North Co.’s lobby, which will feature co-working space for tenants.

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Oldest Neighborhood in Minneapolis Looks to Rebrand Just Like North Loop Did

Marcy-Holmes is the oldest neighborhood in Minneapolis, but people passing through — or renting an apartment, or opening a business — often think they’re somewhere else. Tired of misidentification and eager to claim their own identity, Marcy-Holmes residents are trying to define who they are and what makes their neighborhood special. 

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Business Profile: Ten X Ten

Ten X Ten
Ten X Ten team at Freedom Square last summer Photo Source: City of Minneapolis

Ten X Ten is a Minneapolis-based Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Practice founded in April 2015 by Maura Rockcastle and Ross Altheimer. Both seasoned landscape architects with years of experience, Rockcastle and Altheimer’s vision for Ten X Ten is to create spaces that transform communities, adapt to changes, and push the field of design into the 21st century. Ten X Ten takes an experimental approach to projects, learning about each site through environmental, ecological and material studies so that the outcome is authentic to the community, environment and culture that it serves.

Before opening, Rockcastle and Altheimer worked with the Small Business Development Center at St. Thomas through the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) who helped them draft a partnership agreement, write a business plan, and identify startup costs. Now, Ten X Ten has settled into a space in the North Loop and worked on several notable projects nationwide including the Mill 19 development in Pittsburgh, the Tri-Faith Initiative campus in Omaha, two public libraries in Norman, Oklahoma, the Minnesota River Greenway Interpretive Plan in Dakota County, and Freedom Square, a temporary plaza in North Minneapolis.

Overall, Ten X Ten strives to create resilient, efficient, and sustainable design that will support the growth and health of cities long after being built.

BUILD Leaders Program Holds Graduation Ceremonies

EMERGE BUILD leaders cohort
EMERGE Build Leaders graduation cohort. Source: EMERGE

Graduation ceremonies were recently held for the first cohort groups of BUILD Leaders.

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training community-based partners; American Indian OIC, in partnership with Little Earth of United Tribes (LEUT), and EMERGE are the service providers for this innovative program that focuses on violence prevention/intervention, youth development, and coalition building. Participants, ages 18-24, receive paid training in facilitation, leadership, and job skills to deliver the BUILD youth violence prevention curriculum to 9-12 year olds at various locations in Minneapolis. 

BUILD Leaders
American Indian OIC/ Little Earth of United Tribes Build Leaders graduation cohort. Source: City of Minneapolis

The American Indian OIC/LEUT program incorporates construction training in conjunction with the LEUT state funded YouthBuild program. BUILD Leaders completed American Workshop’s 120-hour Introduction to Construction and Building Trades that included certifications in OSHA-10, First Aid/CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and an industry-specific credential. In addition to working on their individual education, employment and training goals, participants completed youth development/trauma informed care trainings, and facilitated the culturally adapted Native curriculum to YouthCare participants. 

EMERGE’s BUILD program is a six-month training and supported employment internship focused on entry-level positions in the youth work and/or education fields. Participants earn First Aid/CPR and Youth Intervention Programs Association (YIPA) certifications. They also participate in EMERGE Youth Work 101, trauma informed care trainings, and enhanced public speaking skills sessions. BUILD Leaders facilitate the youth violence prevention curriculum at Lucy Laney Community School.

The second BUILD Leaders cohorts started in late February and the third cohorts are slated to begin in August.

Partner Profile: CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio)

“Homestrech” program graduates with CLUES’ Cesar Orjuela (in tan suit in the middle). Source: CLUES

CLUES, a Minneapolis Employment and Training partner since 2005, provides bilingual, one-on-one employment and retention services to the Minneapolis Latino and new immigrant communities. 

CLUES understands that employment and unemployment affect the entire family and when participants succeed, so do their families.  CLUES job counselors examine not only participants’ employability factors like job skills and education level, but also safe living, legal issues, and health to develop a comprehensive individualized employment plan. 

CLUES also offers training for those interested in customer service, finishing trades and bricklayer pre-apprenticeships, and nursing assistant certification. 

2016 CLUES highlights include:

  • More than 600 participants received job coaching and support
  • 135 clients placed in jobs at an average wage of $12.95/hour
  • 49 students graduated from the career training program with 35 obtaining industry recognized credentials

In addition to its robust employment and training program, CLUES provides access to resources  for health and well-being,  cultural and civic engagement, and education and consulting assistance through the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program.

Attendees Can Now Register for Community Connections Conference

Community Connections Conference
Community Connections Conference, 2015 Source: City of Minneapolis

Registration opened last week for the sixth annual Community Connections Conference – Your Voice, Your City: CommUnity at the Minneapolis Convention Center Saturday, April 1. The conference is free and will go from 8 am to 3 pm. All are welcome to make their voices heard, participate in interactive sessions, and enjoy lunch.

The Community Connections Conference will feature an opportunity to participate in Minneapolis 2040, the City’s Comprehensive Plan update. Minneapolis 2040 will be the City’s 20-year vision to direct the physical development of the city into the future. Find out what’s happened so far in the process and discuss with City staff and your neighbors how to grow the city in health, equity and opportunity. Learn more here.

Register, find out more and watch for updates here. Registration will close March 24.

Community Connections Conference
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 1
(Check-in starts at 7:30 a.m.)
Minneapolis Convention Center

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Grand Opening

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center
The new Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Source: EMERGE

Join the grand opening community celebration for the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, a one-stop shop for educational and workforce resources and a pipeline for job opportunities. The Center will provide intake, assessment, job search/career exploration, employment counseling, job development, job placement, remedial education referrals and support (GED) and case management services to youth and adult job seekers in the neighborhood. 

Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center, 515 15th Avenue South, Minneapolis

Details: The event begins at 2 p.m. with a brief program and ribbon cutting. After the ribbon cutting, participate in building tours, entertainment, and refreshments. The program will be held just outside of the building, so be sure to dress for the weather.  Public parking is available in the area, but is limited.  The METRO Blue Line Cedar Riverside stop is less than two blocks from the center.

The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center is located on the ground floor of 515 15th Ave. S. 

$25 Tree Program Will Operate By Lottery This Year

Due to overwhelming popularity, the City’s $25 tree program will operate by lottery this year. 1,000 lucky winners will be able to order a 5 to 8 foot tree for $25. This includes flowering trees and several types of fruit trees which would cost around $125 if purchased at a nursery. Residents, businesses or nonprofits can register for the lottery here any time from March 13 to March 20. Trees must be picked up May 20, 21 or 22 at the City of Minneapolis Impound lot.

Since 2006, the City Trees program has provided over 12,000 trees that have been planted to help meet the City’s health and environmental goals. In addition, there is a growing need to plant more trees due to emerald ash borers. All ash trees infected with the beetle will eventually die leading to a loss of one-fifth of Minneapolis’ urban forests. Healthy trees are not only beautiful and increase property values, but they help clean the air we breathe, keep the city cooler in the summer, provide homes for wildlife, and help manage stormwater. 

Business Profile: Utepils Brewing

Utepils Collage
The New Utepils Brewery and taproom Source: City of Minneapolis

Utepils Brewing, Minneapolis’s newest brewery and taproom, opened officially Feb 18th in North Minneapolis.  Utepils (oo-tah-pilz) is a Norwegian term for “outdoor beer” especially enjoyed in the sunshine after a cold winter. Utepils uses the spring water from onsite wells, previously used for a century by Glenwood Inglewood, to make the beer. Special artwork in the 150-seat taproom features new mythology, similar to Northern European folk tales.

CPED provided a $75,000 business development loan to Utepils to help finance the leasehold improvements and equipment, the loan is partially forgivable if new fulltime employees are Minneapolis residents paid a living wage. Total project costs were over $3.7 million. The brewing capacity will make this the sixth largest brewery in Minnesota when fully operational. 

Utepils will host food trucks and is developing an outdoor beer garden in its parklike setting near Bassett Creek. The brewery is located at 225 Thomas Av. N., south of Glenwood Avenue. 

STEP-UP Receives over 3,700 Applications

STEP-UP, the City of Minneapolis internship program for young adults ages 14-21, is on the way to another great summer.

The STEP-UP 2017 application period closed on February 10 with over 3,700 applications submitted.  All the young people who are eligible for the program have been invited to training – over 3,400 of them!  The youth have received email and letter notifications with their training schedule and other important information.  Training takes place on Saturdays from now until mid-April.  Prospective interns must complete the training process to be eligible for a position.  Positions are never guaranteed, but over 80 percent of students who complete training are placed into a position. 

Since its inception in 2004, STEP-UP has created nearly 24,000 meaningful internships for youth, helping young people to gain 21st century skills, build professional connections, explore career interests, and begin the path to educational and career success.

Companies Pledge to Hire 400 Youth at STEP-UP Employer Recruitment Breakfast

On February 14, Mayor Betsy Hodges joined over 250 Twin Cities business leaders for breakfast at the Target Field Metropolitan Club to kick off the employer recruitment season for summer 2017 STEP-UP Achieve youth employment program (a part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program).

At the event, Twin Cities employers pledged over 400 paid summer internships toward a goal of 750 internships.  STEP-UP is seeking businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2017. Employers can sign up here to hire interns until March 31 for summer 2017.

STEP-UP not only changes young lives but can also help businesses in countless ways. Interns can increase an organization's productivity, energy and diversity, providing rich payback for the organization’s investment of time and training. In the most recent survey of STEP-UP employers, 93% reported that their intern made a valuable contribution to the workplace.

Prestigious James Beard Awards Announce 13 Minnesota Chefs and Two Restaurants as 2017 Semifinalists

Fifteen Twin Cities chefs, bakers and restaurants have been named semifinalists in the 2017 James Beard Foundation awards.

The semifinalist ballot goes out to a pool of 500-plus voters, including critics, writers, editors, culinary educators and past chef and restaurant award winners. (Releasing the semifinalist roster to the public is a relatively recent phenomenon; until 2008, the list was a not-so-closely-guarded secret.)

For the complete list of semifinalists, go here.

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