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

Growing MPLS

May 2017

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


West Broadway Summer Food Truck Rally

Starting May 11, every Thursday throughout the summer 
11 am - 2 pm 

West Broadway between Bryant and Emerson Avenues

You already know food truck season is nearly in full swing, but did you know North Minneapolis’ West Broadway Avenue will host a food truck rally every Thursday afternoon throughout the summer?

The first lineup includes Top Dog, Full Belly Happy Heart, Wha' Jamaican, Sho’ Nough BBQ, Sandy's Grill, and Harold’s Chicken.

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Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards

Thursday, May 18
11:30 am

International Market Square
275 Market Street
Minneapolis, MN 

AIA Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, and Preserve Minneapolis,  annually recognize projects, individuals, and organizations that celebrate the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis. The Awards Ceremony is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

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Twin Cities Bike to Work Day 

Friday, May 19

Help us celebrate Twin Cities Bike to Work Day! Ride to work wherever you are.

Pledging here automatically enters you in the Twin Cities Bike to Work Day 2017 Sweepstakes. Winners will be announced the week following Bike to Work Day.


Friday, May 19
5 - 10 pm
Saturday,  May 20
Noon - 8  pm
Sunday, May 21 
Noon - 5 pm

Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is an open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Over the last 20 years, it has become the largest open studio tour in the country.

Plan your visit with NEMAA's Artist Directory and Guide, which includes information about the NEMAA artists, a map of Northeast Minneapolis and the Art-A-Whirl locations, a dining guide, and more. 

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Minneapolis International Festival

Saturday, May 20
Noon-4 pm 

Boom Island Park
724 Sibley St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

The purpose of the Minneapolis International Festival is to celebrate the different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities, and to also recognize the growing cultural diversity of our City through: music, dance, cultural exhibits, demonstrations, food, and other learning opportunities.

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Open Streets Festival: Lyndale

Sunday, June 4 
11 am - 5pm

22nd St to 54th St along Lyndale Ave S
Minneapolis, MN

Back for the seventh year, come experience Lyndale Avenue in a whole new way with car-free fun! This year the route has been extended all the way to 54th St!

Open Streets Minneapolis brings together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities.

Catch a free ride to Lyndale Open Streets with this pass from Metro Transit!

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gener8tor Opens Applications For Summer Accelerator In Minneapolis 

Tech accelerator
gener8tor has opened the application window for founders considering an immersive 12 week startup experience this summer.

Operated from CoCo Uptown by new Managing Director of Minnesota, Eric Martell, the program begins in July and lasts through October with a tentative demo day during Twin Cities Startup Week.

They offer accepted startups 90k upfront for 6% equity with an additional convertible note in exchange for hands on guidance in preparation for follow-on funding.


Young Joni makes GQ's 'Best New Restaurants' list 

Count GQ among the growing fanbase for Young Joni, the pizza-and-small-plates concept from Ann Kim.

The magazine named the Northeast Minneapolis restaurant, which Kim launched in November, among its " Best New Restaurants for 2017." Writer Brett Martin hails the pizzas as "blistered and bubbly and perfect," and cheers the roasted small-dishes menu, too.


New & Expanding Businesses






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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: Brighter Minds Music

Emily Ireland of Brighter Minds Music
Emily Ireland, Founder and Director of Brighter Minds Music

Brighter Minds Music offers music lessons and classes for kids, teens, adults of all ages and abilities. Brighter Minds Music teachers specialize in teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, and voice / singing lessons. In addition to individual lessons, they also have award-winning music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Founded by Emily Ireland in 2012, Brighter Minds Music's mission is to use the power of music to strengthen individuals, families and communities.

Brighter Minds Music currently has two Minneapolis locations and one in St. Paul. It hires 17 teachers who serve around 200 families. Currently, Emily Ireland is working to combine Brighter Minds Music's two Minneapolis locations into one commercial space. To do so, Emily has received technical assistance, including risk management counseling and lease assistance, from the Small Business Development Center at St. Thomas through the City’s Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP).

In addition to lessons, Brighter Minds Music offers music classes for birthday parties and childcare centers, workshops for teachers and parents, and live music for special events and weddings. Brighter Minds Music students often perform in the community at outreach recitals. As a teacher, Emily says she feels proudest when she’s watching her students grow their skills, have fun, and develop a lifelong interest in music. 

Construction Begins for Youth Housing and Supportive Services Center

Candle lighting at groundbreaking ceremony
Candlelighting at April 18th's groundbreaking ceremony for Downtown View

On Tuesday, April 18, a groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction for Downtown View, a 46-unit housing and supportive services center for youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness. Developed through a partnership between YouthLink and Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Downtown View will provide support for the population of 6,000 young people who experience homelessness each night in Minnesota. The center will be located at 41 N. 12th Street in Downtown Minneapolis and will be directly connected to YouthLink’s existing Minneapolis headquarters.

Focusing on older youth ages 18-24, Downtown View will leverage the services offered by the existing Youth Opportunity Center. The development will also add a Career Pathways Center, resident fitness area, access to mental health support, and employment/education navigation. The City of Minneapolis provided financial support to the project through an allocation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, a deferred loan through the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, and a grant for nonprofit development assistance.

Partner Profile: SEARCH

Graduates of SEARCH’s Childcare Provider Training Program.
Graduates of SEARCH’s Childcare Provider Training Program. Source: SEARCH

SEARCH (Southeast Asian Refugee Community Home), a Minneapolis Employment and Training partner/service provider, has fostered the integration of immigrant and refugee families to life in Minnesota since 1992. Immigrant and refugee populations change and the agency is now providing services primarily to Somali, Bhutanese, and Burmese populations.

SEARCH’s bilingual employment counselors help job seekers build their marketable job skills and assist them in creating resumes and preparing for interviews. They also educate employers on cultural differences that may arise when hiring their clients.

The agency offers training for small electronics soldering and hopes to expand customized training to accounting, interpreter training, and cell phone repair over the next two years. SEARCH is launching a pilot bookkeeping training program in May by working directly with an accounting firm that needs more entry level bookkeepers. 

In 2016, SEARCH served 198 clients across all programs - 165 entered into employment with an average wage of $11.80/hr.  The 38 participants certified for small electronics soldering were placed into jobs which averaged $12.80/hr.  

Over 1,500 Minneapolis Youth Complete STEP-UP Mock Interviews

Mock Interview
Future STEP-UP Intern participates in mock interview

The STEP-UP Youth Employment Program, a program of the City of Minneapolis in partnership with AchieveMpls, hosted its 14th annual “mock interviews” at the Minneapolis Convention Center over four nights the week of April 10.  At the event, 1,500 Minneapolis youth preparing for STEP-UP internships gained real-life interview experience and feedback from over 400 Twin Cities business professionals. The event provided youth with insight on how to prepare and dress for an interview, communicate professionally, and network during a real interview.

Prior to the mock interviews, youth completed 7-14 hours of work readiness training – depending on their level of work readiness. These trainings focused on professional communication, problem solving, professionalism, interview skills and resume writing.

The 1,500 young people who attended the mock interviews, as well as over 400 middle school STEP-UP youth who do not attend mock interviews, are now job-ready and will be placed into a position during the month of May. STEP-UP expects to place nearly 1,700 youth into paid job experiences this summer.

800 West Broadway Celebrates Grand Opening

800 West Broadway Photo
Completed 800 West Broadway. Source: DEED

On April 28th, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, together with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools and NorthPoint Health & Wellness celebrated the grand opening of 800 West Broadway, a collaborative center bringing workforce, education and health care services together at one location.

800 West Broadway fosters an “open doors” culture that provides a network of continued support tailored to the needs of each guest. The center serves the entire community, providing access to health care, community education classes, job skills training and other self-enrichment opportunities.

“This WorkForce Center will connect residents of the Northside with economic opportunities, job training and educational programs, and quality health care,” said Lt. Governor Smith. “It is a testament to what we can accomplish when state and local government and the public and private sector all work together. “

Learn more about the services available at 800 West Broadway by visiting the Minneapolis North WorkForce Center,  Minneapolis Public Schools  and NorthPoint Health & Wellness  websites. 

Read the whole story here.

Creating IT Futures, Minneapolis Urban League and the City of Minneapolis Offer IT Program

IT-Ready classroom
IT-Ready classroom

This summer Creating IT Futures,  Minneapolis Urban League (MUL) and the City of Minneapolis are offering the award-winning IT-Ready career program in North Minneapolis.

The free eight-week class for Minneapolis residents is run by Creating IT Futures and will be hosted and funded by Minneapolis Urban League's Urban Tech Jobs Program, with additional funds from City of Minneapolis Employment and Training and The Minneapolis Foundation. Class begins June 12 and runs until August 4 at MUL located at 2100 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis. Applications are due by May 19. Apply online.

IT-Ready trains and certifies information technology (IT) workers and helps place them into their first paid IT role. IT-Ready is part of the City of Minneapolis' MSP TechHire initiative. To close the workforce skills gap in the high-tech economy, the MSP TechHire initiative enables diverse workers to access training, support and tech jobs across the Greater Minneapolis Region.

Click here to learn more.

Minneapolis Teen Job and Opportunity Fair

On Saturday, April 22, more than 350 teens attended the eleventh annual Minneapolis Teen Job Fair.

The pre-event Prep Rally invited early arrivers to refine resumes, apply on-line, and sharpen their interview skills. Hiring tips continued during the opening interactive workshop facilitated by the Youth Coordinating Board's employment committee. Five panelists answered questions and shared employer insights, encouraging the young jobseekers to be bold, to emphasize extracurricular and volunteer experience, and to display self-discipline at work.

Multiple sectors were represented, including retail, nonprofit, entertainment, health care and the public sector. Home Depot, TJMaxx, Wendy's, UPS, Valley Fair, North Memorial Health Care, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and Hennepin County were among the exhibitors.  Volunteer, education and internship opportunities were also promoted.

City of Minneapolis Employment and Training thanks Hennepin County for financial support and Lunds/Byerlys for providing refreshments and snacks. The event was made possible with planning and event management support from Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis WorkForce Centers, the Youth Coordinating Board, and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.  

New Interactive Map to Help You Find Minneapolis Farmers Markets

Downtown Minneapolis Farmers Market
Downtown Minneapolis Farmers Market

The first farmers market of the season is open, and the City of Minneapolis is making it easier to find them with a new interactive map, which will be updated as the schedule information becomes available. Clicking on the pins will show the address, season dates, and opening times for each market. The map will be updated as information becomes available on the 2017 schedules.  Nearly 30 farmers markets, mini markets, and farm stands are expected to operate in Minneapolis this year.

The first market of the season – the Lyndale market – is now open daily for the season. Due to construction, the Nicollet Mall farmers market has returned to the Hennepin County Government South Plaza at 300 S. Sixth St. downtown. Most farmers markets “electronic benefits transfer” cards as payment to give residents on federal food assistance easier access to fresh food. In addition, many farmers now accept credit cards for payments or for market tokens. 

2nd Annual Preservation Photo Contest to Celebrate National Historic Preservation Month

Photo Contest

May is National Historic Preservation Month! The City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED) is excited to invite you to participate in a photo contest to celebrate the historic resources that make our city a special place to live. Minneapolis has 170 locally designated landmarks and 15 historic districts. We want to see how you capture the character of these places!

CPED is encouraging individuals to share their best photos of Minneapolis landmarks or scenes from historic districts to celebrate the benefit of these places to our city. To enter the contest, snap a photo and post it on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #MPLSpreservation by May 31, 2017.

The winners will be announced in early June and three winning photos will be featured in the Heritage Preservation Commission’s annual report, the City’s Heritage Preservation webpage, and other City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development webpages.

NOTE: Photos should not contain identifiable people. Submissions may be used by the City of Minneapolis in future print and digital publications, with proper credit to the photographer. 

Breaking Mews: Area's First Cat Café Slinks Toward Lyn-Lake Area, But Zoning Law in the Way

Minnesota's first cat café could open in South Minneapolis by the end of the year if the owners can leap a legal hurdle. And yes, cat cafés are a thing, just not here yet. They emerged in countries like Japan and Taiwan, then popped up on the West and East coasts of the United States several years ago. The cafés tend to have two separate areas, a traditional café and cat room. Guests order a coffee or tea in the cafe and enter another room to drink their beverage and hang out with cats.