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

Growing MPLS

June 2017

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


Creative City Challenge winner debuts at Northern Spark

Opening Ceremony
Saturday, June 10 
8: 30 pm

The Commons
425 Portland Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN

Come for the opening ceremony, and stay up all night in the name of art. Northern Spark, the annual dusk-to-dawn arts festival, kicks off with an opening ceremony in downtown Minneapolis June 10. The event will feature poetry, music from the MacPhail North Side Community Choir, and Mayor Betsy Hodges introducing “Orbacles” along with the artists who created it: MINN_LAB, the Creative City Challenge winners. 

More information about Northern Spark festivities 2017 

Open Streets: Downtown

Sunday, June 11
11 am - 5 pm

Along 1st Ave from 8th St N to Washington Ave; and then along Washington Ave to 8th Ave N 

Back for the third year, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Downtown! 

Open Streets events bring together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

More Information


North Mississippi Regional Park
4900 Mississippi Ct. 
Minneapolis, MN 55430

Friday, June 16
7 pm - Midnight

Underground Railroad Re-Enactment: Take a journey through time and experience the perils, trials and dangers on the road to freedom.

Saturday, June 17
8 am - 6 pm

Start off your morning with a free Rotary Club Continental Breakfast before enjoying a day filled with live music, storytellers, boat training, kiddy corner and more. 

More information

Twin Cities Pride Festival 

Saturday, June 24 
Sunday, June 25 
10 am - 6 pm

Loring Park
1382 Willow Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Twin Cities Pride brings the greater GLBT community together to commemorate our diverse heritage, foster inclusion, educate and create awareness of issues, and celebrate achievements in equality. We create events that are open and inviting to everyone in the community, providing a safe environment in which individuals feel free to celebrate their relationships.

11 am 
Saturday, June 25 

3rd Street and Hennepin Avenue
Hennepin Avenue & North 3rd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

More information

Somali Independence Day

Saturday, July 1 
1 pm - 9 pm 

West Lake Street between Blaisdell and Stevens
Minneapolis, MN 55408 

Come celebrate Somali Independence Day with music, food, and games at this annual family friendly street festival. 

Event highlights include a sports zone, health and wellness lane, family zone and community village, arts lane, and multicultural parade. 

More information


Ackerberg to Build New Office Building in Uptown

The Ackerberg Group is planning to build a 198,000-square-foot, eight-story building in the core of Uptown.

The MoZaic East building would occupy the eastern portion of the block bounded by the Midtown Greenway and Lagoon, Hennepin and Fremont avenues in the Lowry Hill East neighborhood.

Full Story

Minneapolis Parks Garner Top Honor Five Years Running 

The city’s park system has been named the country’s best for five years in a row.

The Trust for Public Land released its annual ratings of the nation’s park systems Tuesday, which put Minneapolis and St. Paul in first and second, respectively. Minneapolis has been at the top of ratings, dubbed the ParkScore Index, for the past five years. St. Paul has placed second for the past two years and tied for first place in 2015.

Full Story

Funding Push Aims to Accelerate Development of Burgeoning Food Network in North Minneapolis 

Danielle Tietjen started Story Garden two years ago in Minneapolis’ Folwell neighborhood after she got tired of seeing community gardens sprout up only to be abandoned and wither. Today, her garden makes up one of the dozens of new urban farms that have cropped up around the Twin Cities over the last decade.

Recently there’s been a big push from funders to increase that work as part of an effort to address the area’s food and health problems. In fact, last month, a handful of north Minneapolis organizations received $1.5 million in grants to grow their work around food access in the area, with the idea of eventually creating a self-sustaining food network.

Full Story

New & Expanding Businesses






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: Winter Goddess Foods

Winter Goddess Foods
Winter Goddess Owners Nenemiah and Terry Williams

Nenemiah and Terry Williams started Winter Goddess Foods, a local snack, drink and treat company, in 2010. Using organic, fair trade and locally sourced ingredients, Winter Goddess Foods was created with a mission to provide consumers with healthy and ethically sourced foods in the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin. All Winter Goddess products, from the Butter Crunch Toffee, Tranquility Chai mix, Wild Rice Bread, Cake Gems, Truffles, Salted Turtle Shells, and multiple flavors of granola and nut mixes are made without binders, fillers, additives, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, chemicals, and GMOs.

Winter Goddess Foods’ award-winning products can be found at the Midtown and Richfield Farmers Markets on Saturdays, the Linden Hills Farmers Market on Sundays, and in around 20 stores in the metro area. Winter Goddess Foods has accessed CPED’s Homegrown Business Development Center loan program twice, using the funds to purchase production equipment, packaging and other resources needed to support the growing business.

Nenemiah and Terry say that their favorite part about owning a small business is community-building with other business owners, local farmers, and their customers. 

Partner Profile: RESOURCE

RESOURCE Grad class of 2017
Graduates of any one of RESOURCE’s eight training programs move directly into job search and placement services for employment. (Source: RESOURCE)

RESOURCE provides customized support to help low-income adults, youth and young adults, and dislocated workers achieve their professional and employment goals. Assistance includes assessment, high school or ABE services, career education and development, job placement and retention, customized job skills training, follow-up support, and more.  

RESOURCE participants also have access to its Virtual Career Center offering resources and tools around wellness, networking, and community resources. In addition, RESOURCE’s jobs database highlights open positions with hiring partners and businesses unique to RESOURCE job seekers.

RESOURCE received the 2016 Youth Services Partner of the Year from the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development, and RESOURCE was awarded the 2016 ARPCT Program of the Year Award by the Association for Rehabilitation Programs in Computer Technology.

In 2016, RESOURCE’s Youth Futures connected 95 young people to counseling and support to secure their first jobs or plan their careers. Of those, 70 participants achieved employment, 23 received internships, and 30 obtained industry-specific credentials. RESOURCE’s adult employment services placed 67 individuals into employment with an average wage of $17.17 per hour.

Artists Selected for Bde Maka Ska Public Art Project

Bde Maka Ska Village
Map of Bde Maka Ska

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis’ Art in Public Places program are collaborating on a public art project in conjunction with construction improvements for Bde Maka Ska. The project focuses on creating a gathering space and public art to honor Mahpiya Wicasta/Cloud Man and celebrate the history of Heyata Otunwe, a village located on Bde Maka Ska from 1829-1839. The theme of the design is “Story Awakening” with an intention to honor and educate visitors about the broader history and culture of the Dakota and other Indigenous peoples who frequented and resided in this area over time.

Artists Angela Two Stars, Mona Smith and Sandy Spieler were selected from a group of 16 applicants to work together on this project. They will work with a design team composed of Dakota advisors and educators, Minneapolis Art in Public Places staff, Park Board staff and descendants of Mahpiya Wicasta (Cloud Man). In addition, the design team has collaborated with Ron Melchert, landscape architect and lead planner for Oneida nation, and Rich Harrison, landscape architect with Metro Blooms. For more information about this public art project, contact Ann Godfrey

Great Streets Façade Improvement Matching Grants – Program Change Notice

Neighborhood business districts are the front door of our neighborhoods. The Façade Improvement Matching Grant Program works to revitalize and sustain the economic vitality of the city’s commercial districts through public/private investments in façade projects for commercial properties.

The City partners with community organizations to administer façade grants in eligible commercial districts across the City. However, there are 15 “support” or “intervene” Great Streets areas that currently do not have a community partner administering the program (see below).  To fill this service gap, CPED staff will be accepting façade grant applications from business/building owners in these areas. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The maximum grant to be awarded to any recipient will be $5,000 per storefront in support areas and $7,500 per storefront in intervene areas.

  •  42nd Ave N & Fremont Ave N
  • 42nd Ave N & Lyndale Ave N
  • 42nd Ave N & Thomas Ave N
  • 44th Ave N & Penn Ave N
  • 45th Ave N & Lyndale Ave N
  • Plymouth Ave N & Penn Ave N
  • 25th St E & Bloomington Ave S
  • Chicago Ave (8th St to Franklin)
  • Hennepin Ave - DT (10th St to the river)
  • Franklin Ave (Hiawatha to 35W)
  • East Bank LRT Station Area (1/2 mile radius)
  • Stadium Village LRT Station Area (1/2 mile radius)
  • 29th Ave LRT Station Area (1/2 mile radius)
  • Warehouse District Activity Center
  • Dinkytown Activity Center

For a 2017 map of Great Streets Façade Improvement eligible areas and provider list click here or contact Judy Moses for more information. 

2017 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Award Recipients Announced

Heritage Preservation Award Winners
Heritage Preservation Award Winners

On Thursday, May 18, Preservation Award partners Preserve Minneapolis, AIA Minneapolis, and the Heritage Preservation Commission announced the recipients of the 2017 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Awards during a luncheon at International Market Square. The Minneapolis Preservation Awards annually recognize projects, individuals, and organizations that celebrate the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis. Nominations are selected based on their careful attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community.

The following honors were presented at the luncheon:

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation, or Adaptive Reuse Project
700 Central
Hewing Hotel

New Addition to an Historic Building
Residence on Emerson
Charles Frederick Keyes House

Grassroots: Advocacy & Education
4Word Homes and Design, LLC/Robin O’Brien’s Home Restoration   

The Steve Murray Award
Robert M. Frame, III

CPED Partner AchieveMpls Seeking Graduation Coach Volunteers

AchieveMpls, the nonprofit partner of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) and the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Program, is looking for adult volunteers to serve as Graduation Coaches for 9th and 12th grade students in MPS schools during the 2017-18 school year.

Graduation Coaches provide one-on-one mentoring to 12th grade students or small groups of 9th graders twice each month during the school day in a classroom setting. They offer additional support via email between sessions. A commitment of 4-6 hours per month throughout the school year is required.

For more information about the program, participant videos and application form, click here or email Amy Shapiro or call her at 612-455-1550. All applications are due Friday, June 16.

2nd Annual Preservation Photo Contest Winners

May was National Historic Preservation Month! CPED invited the public to participate in a photo contest to celebrate the historic resources that make our city a special place to live. Minneapolis has over 170 locally designated landmarks and 17 historic districts.

We wanted to see how Minneapolis citizens would capture the character of these places!

Here are the winning photos:

Hollywood theatre photo

Hollywood Theater, designated in 1990 
Photo by Ray Schoch

Photo of Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge & St. Anthony Falls Historic District, designated in 1971
Photo by Christopher J. Cramer 

Minneapolis Grain Exchange

Minneapolis Grain Exchange, designated in 1977
Photo by Rachel Ewell 

Minneapolis City Hall

Minneapolis City Hall, designated in 1977 
Photo by Sam Goertz

Minneapolis Post Office

Minneapolis Post Office, located in the St. Anthony Falls Historic District, designated in 1971
Photo by Brian Lenk 

For more information about Heritage Preservation and the photo contest, click here