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

Growing MPLS

July 2017

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


MPLS 2017 Aquatennial 

Minneapolis "best days of summer" July 19-26.

Wednesday, July 19

  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Food truck and lawn games at the Hennepin County Government Center South Plaza.
  • 5 - 7:30 p.m. Loring Park Family Fun Night at Loring Park.
  • 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade along Hennepin Avenue from the Basilica of Saint Mary to Fifth Street.

Thursday, July 20

  • 4 - 9 p.m. Candid Canines Film Fest, Target Field Station (outside Gate 6).
  • 7 p.m. Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, west bank of Mississippi River between Plymouth and Broadway avenues.

Friday, July 21

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  Aquatennial Yoga presented by CorePower Yoga at The Commons.
  • 7 p.m. - Twin Cities River Rats Aquatennial Water Ski Show, west bank of Mississippi River between Plymouth and Broadway avenues.

Saturday, July 22

  • 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Twin Cities Carifest, West River Road between Plymouth and Broadway avenues.
  • 3 - 8 p.m. AquaJam at Boom Island.
  • 6 - 10 p.m. Aquatennial pre-fireworks events, West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge.
  • 10 p.m. - Target Fireworks at West River Parkway near Stone Arch Bridge.

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Preserve Mpls Walking Tours

Preserve Minneapolis is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minneapolis by recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the architectural and related cultural resources of the city of Minneapolis.

Over the summer, Preserve Mpls will host architectural and cultural walking tours throughout Minneapolis' many neighborhoods. 

More Information including schedule and location here 

Lake/Minnehaha Open Streets

Sunday, July 23
11am - 5pm

Intersection of East Lake Street and Minnehaha Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

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Northeast Open Streets

11am - 5pm
Sunday, August 6

Along Central Ave from 26th Ave NE to 18 1/2 Ave NE; along 22nd Ave from Central Ave to 5th St NE; along 5th St NE from 22nd Ave to E Hennepin Ave; and along 13th Ave from 12th Ave NE to 5th St

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Explore your neighborhood and local businesses as you bike, walk, or roll on streets closed to vehicle traffic and opened up to community! Now in its seventh year, Open Streets Minneapolis is a City of Minneapolis event hosted by the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and presented by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross).

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Business Profile: Wirth Co-Op

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Although unhealthy food options are plentiful in North Minneapolis, finding fresh, healthy, and natural food in the area is much more difficult. In North Minneapolis, 67,000 residents live over one mile from a single supermarket, making it one of the largest federally-designated food deserts in the country. In an effort to fight the shortage of fresh food in the area, Wirth Co-Op will open in August 2017.

The future co-op will be located below the Commons at Penn Apartments, directly along bus line 19. Passionate about boosting local economy, Wirth will bring 20 new full- and part-time positions to the area. The City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) has assisted the Wirth Co-Op through both financial and technical support. In addition to making healthy food more accessible, Wirth hopes to become a source of neighborhood strength and pride for North Minneapolis residents. To date, Wirth has already gained support from over 700 co-op members who are excited to shop for healthy foods at their new neighborhood co-op.

In addition to the investments of over 700 co-op members and the City, project financing for the new store was provided by several local partners including Community Reinvestment Fund, Hennepin County, Latino Economic Development Center, McKnight Foundation, Shared Capital Cooperative, Sunrise Banks and Twin Cities LISC. 

1,700 City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Interns Begin Work

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STEP-UP Intern at KBEM-FM Jazz 88.5 in 2016 (Source: STEP-UP)

You may have noticed an influx of enthusiastic, professionally dressed, young people during your commute this month.  That’s because over 1,700 work-ready Minneapolis youth began their STEP-UP  summer internships with over 230 employers in June. These young people are the future of our city.  So if you see them on the bus or on the train, please make them feel welcome.

One of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP places Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 in paid internships with Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies. STEP-UP also provides work readiness training, job experience, professional mentors, advanced career opportunities and ongoing support. The program serves populations that face the greatest barriers to employment, particularly low income youth, youth of color and recent immigrants. Since 2004, STEP-UP has provided over 23,000 internships.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program provided in partnership with AchieveMpls. Other partners include the Minnesota Workforce Centers and Project for Pride and Living. Learn more about STEP-UP online or follow STEP-UP activities and events all year long on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or with social media hashtag #STEPUPMpls.

Apprenticeships Could Fill Next-generation Jobs

With employers struggling to find qualified workers and job openings projected to grow into the near decade, apprenticeships - long associated with construction trades - may help companies recruit and train their own next-generation employees in a greater variety of industries. 

To help offset the cost of launching or expanding an apprenticeship program, employers in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care, information technology and transportation can apply for grants from the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative. The five-year apprenticeship program, now in its second year, is financed through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and administered by DEED and the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Fairview Health Services has brought on 120 people through the initiative and is adding more in its program to help nurses with associate’s degrees complete their bachelor’s degrees in nursing, according to Laura Beeth, Fairview’s Director of Talent Acquisition. Fairview is also preparing registered apprenticeship programs to train medical assistants and surgical technicians.

Find the entire article here.

PEACE Helps Youth Find Their Career Pathway

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PEACE mentors from MPD, 911, MFD, Hennepin County, and the City's Attorney's Office

The PEACE (Pathways to Emergency & Academy Career Experiences) program administered by Minneapolis Employment and Training, is a collaborative initiative designed to promote access and entry into Justice and Emergency Services (JES) career pathways for low-income, court-involved, or at-risk Minneapolis youth ages 16 to 21. Students learn about JES careers through mentoring by a career professional, mini-academies, and a paid summer internship in the field.

To date, 39 students and 26 mentors are enrolled in the program. Internships are being offered by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), 911, the Minneapolis Fire Department (MFD), Hennepin County, and the City Attorney’s Office (CAO).  In addition to internships, PEACE students can participate in career academies developed by partners at MPD, MFD, 911, CAO, Hennepin County, and the FBI.

On June 15, PEACE held its first monthly mentor event that included games and 1:1 time with mentors and mentees.  PEACE staff received great feedback about the matches being good fits. 

ShaVonda Allen, PEACE program manager, is excited about the development and growth of PEACE and looks forward to the coming months. 

Nicollet Mall Public Art Update

Read the latest Nicollet Mall public art update in a blog post by Moheb Soliman Animate.  The post features a poem that is slowly revealed to you on the page entitled "Nicollet Lanterns." 

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In the News

As Super Bowl Approaches, Downtown Minneapolis Restaurants Add, Freshen Up Private-Dining Spaces 

With several big events headed to Minneapolis in the near future, many downtown restaurants have expanded or revamped their private dining-event spaces.

Super Bowl LII next year and the NCAA college basketball championship in 2019 will bring millions of people to downtown Minneapolis. Many visitors will be out-of-towners looking for private spaces to dine.

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New Lake Street Building Marks End to Five-Year, $80 Million Plan to Decentralize Hennepin County Services

From food stamps to child support, Hennepin County services now are closer than ever to the doorsteps of the residents who need them.

County leaders this week cut the ribbon on a new building on E. Lake Street in south Minneapolis, the final piece in a five-year, $80 million moving project to bring human services out into the community.

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2017 Eureka! Innovation Award Winner: The Herbivorous Butcher

The Herbivorous Butcher has brought meatless meat into the local and global eye. Aubry and Kale Walch are the brother-and-sister team that launched the company. They began as a vegan-food startup at the Minneapolis Farmers Market and grew the company into its own butcher shop. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, they opened The Herbivorous Butcher in Northeast Minneapolis, at 507 First Ave. N.E., last year.

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Outside Magazine Names Twin Cities Among its Best Towns Ever

Outside magazine Tuesday named Minneapolis and St. Paul as one of the top 25 “Best Towns” ever, singling out the Twin Cities as the best place to bike-commute year-round.

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