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Growing MPLS

October 2017

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


National Women's Business Conference 2017

October 15-17
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, MN

This year’s theme is “Together We Dare.”  As women business owners, we’re naturally “daring” individuals. 

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Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth Conference

Thursday, October 19
Whittier Park
425 West 26th Street, Minneapolis

Join the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, the Minneapolis Health Department, the City of Minneapolis’ Community Planning & Economic Development, Hennepin County Libraries, Youthprise and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board for the annual Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth Conference.

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Wirth Co-Op Celebrates Grand Opening

Thursday, October 26
4:00pm Ribbon Cutting
1835 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Come celebrate the official grand opening of Wirth Co-Op! Free samples and grilling. Join Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, Council Member Blong Yang and other special invited guests for an official ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:00pm.


Lake Street Bash - Lake Street Council's Annual Fundraiser

Thursday, October 26th
Five Event Center
2917 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis

Every fall, City of Minneapolis partner, the Lake Street Council holds its only fundraiser of the year, the Lake Street Bash. The money raised at this fundraiser ensures that we can continue our work renewing and strengthening the business community in the Lake Street corridor and the Twin Cities at large.

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Minneapolis YourCity. YourVote.

Tuesday, November 7

2017 is a municipal election year. Find out where to vote, what ranked-choice voting means and more on the City's election website. 

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Taste of Seward

Wednesday, November 8
7:00pm Program
Seward Montessori School
2309 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis

Congratulations Seward for being named one of 15 Great Places in America! Come celebrate on Wednesday, November 8 at the Annual Taste of Seward. No charge to attend this community celebration. 

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Business Profile: Costa Blanca

Costa Blanca Restaurant Collage
L to R, T to B – Hector Ruiz with customers at Café Ena, Costa Blanca, Rincon 38 Bistro, La Fresca.

Hector Ruiz began cooking as a child with his mother in Mexico. She was in the catering business and taught him so well that by the age of 15 Hector was working for a restaurant in the U.S. After serving as a sous-chef and corporate chef for years at some of the top restaurants, Hector, with his dad’s backing, opened his own restaurant in 2003. Since then, without the help of a bank, Hector has added other restaurants to include: Cafe Ena, Rincon, La Fresca and the latest addition, Costa Blanca Bistro. This summer, Hector connected with MEDA (Metropolitan Economic Development Association), a B-TAP Service Provider, and received assistance with purchasing equipment for Costa Blanca and is looking to complete a Mini-MBA course. Hector looks forward to growing his business which now includes his managers as part owners. In all, there are 80 employees who are more like family than staff.   

Seward Neighborhood Named One of 15 Great Places in America by the American Planning Association

Seward Neighborhood
Historic Milwaukee Avenue in Seward

On Wednesday, October 4, the American Planning Association (APA) announced that the Seward Neighborhood was one of five Great Neighborhoods on their annual Great Places in America list. Seward was named along with 14 other great places marking the kick-off of the organization’s National Community Planning Month celebration.

APA’s Great Places in America program, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the US demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

Seward has established itself as a diverse, inclusive, green neighborhood. Affordable housing developments, food co-ops, and connections to regional parks and trails demonstrate how a community can improve the quality of life for all. Recognizing that community residents represent a variety of ideas and backgrounds, Seward takes immense pride in supporting and cultivating diversity, which is reflected in its Affirmative Inclusion Statement – “All are welcome here.” In addition to Seward, APA also recognized the following neighborhoods this year:

  • Over-the-Rhine – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Heart of Missoula – Missoula, Montana
  • The Pearl – San Antonio, Texas
  • Uptown Greenwood – Greenwood, South Carolina

Seward will officially receive its Great Place award at the Seward Neighborhood Group Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th during the Taste of Seward. The event takes place at Seward Montessori School from 6-9 p.m. It is free and open to the public and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

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Biggest Twin Cities Startup Week Yet

Start Up Week Panel
From Bootstraps to Big League at WeWork (Photo by: Marty Wetherall)

Twin Cities Startup Week, October 9-15, has been a huge success.  The week features dozens of events connecting and celebrating our entrepreneurial community across many sectors including tech, food, healthcare, and social enterprise. 

Anchor events have included the Minnesota Cup awards, a statewide startup competition. The Target + Techstars Accelerator showcased 10 startups from around the world who have now graduated from an intense three-month program to boost their businesses hosted in Minneapolis.  Numerous companies around the region hosted events at their workplaces providing information and networking opportunities.

Twin Cities Startup Week pulls together the many parts of our entrepreneurial ecosystem highlighting the talent and resources of our community. 

And there is still time to check it out.  Attend the Awards Ceremony and Closing Party tonight.  Learn more at #TCSW @tcstartupweek 

The Bridge for Youth Opens First Intentional Community for Young Adults at Risk of Homelessness

The Bridge for Youth, a Minneapolis nonprofit that has been providing runaway and homeless youth with safe shelter, reunifying families, and helping youth transition to adulthood successfully since 1970, will be hosting an open house on October 26, 2017 to give the community the chance to look inside their newest project – a transitional living program for young people ages 18-21. This program, known as Rita’s House, will provide housing and life skills for young adults at risk of homelessness. The home has been approved as an “intentional community” by the City of Minneapolis, which means that residents will share in decision-making and management of the household. This official designation means that up to a dozen young people will be allowed to share the home.

Local neighborhood organizations have donated more than $100,000 to Rita’s House for renovations. These funds are provided through the City of Minneapolis NRP Program via a City-administered contract.

The public is welcome to attend the open house from 5-6:30 pm on Thursday, October 26. The event will include tours of the house mid-renovation and a time to ask questions about the project.

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New Artistic Trail Stamps at Bde Maka Ska

Bear Stamp

In early October, installation of a new public artwork began at Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun). Artist Angela Two Stars, a descendant of the Dakota leader Cloud Man, oversaw the imprinting of her designs of plants, animals and their corresponding names into a concrete pedestrian trail.

This newly stamped trail is one part of the Bde Maka Ska Gathering Space and Public Art Project, a collaboration between the City’s Art in Public Places program and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board that honors Cloud Man and the village Heyata Otunwe, that was formally located on Bde Maka Ska in the 1830’s. The plants include chokecherry, sage and wild rice, and the animals include bison, bear and fish. Two Stars is collaborating with artists Mona Smith and Sandy Spieler to create a number of public art elements. Look for their additional creations in summer of 2018. 

North Side Community Job and Resource Fair Promotes Local Hiring

The North Side Community Job and Resource Fair attracted over 180 jobseekers to 800 West Broadway on September 20th, showcasing the new location of the North Minneapolis Workforce Center.  Strong turnout from North Minneapolis employers and service providers connected jobseekers to local opportunity,  including Kemp’s, GAF, Chandler Companies, Unison Comfort Technologies, Cub Foods, Cookie Cart,  North at Work,  RESOURCE, North at Work/the North Side Funders, and more. In addition to 51 exhibiting employers, the event featured 16 community-based resource providers offering services in training, health and wellness, finance and budgeting, and much more.  

Several businesses reported hiring on-the-spot. For example, a young mother who was receiving employment services through DEED at the North WorkForce Center received an employment offer to work for Lifetouch during the event. Several attendees commented that the event was the best job fair they’ve attended. Support for the event was provided by City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, and DEED/North Minneapolis Workforce Center

City of Minneapolis Exceeds $1 Billion in Permits for Sixth Consecutive Year

For the sixth year in a row, the City has surpassed the $1 billion mark for approved construction projects. Thanks to continued strong growth in the multi-family housing industry, Minneapolis reached $1 billion earlier this September. 

Following is the total valuation of building permits in Minneapolis since 2000:

2000: $1.142 billion
2001: $975.8 million
2002: $889.2 million
2003: $852.2 million
2004: $944.7 million
2005: $855.2 million
2006: $839.6 million
2007: $761.3 million
2008: $772.5 million
2009: $778 million
2010: $547.6 million
2011: $752.8 million
2012: $1.118 billion
2013: $1.211 billion
2014: $2 billion
2015: $1.389 billion
2016: $1.757 billion
2017: $1.016 billion (as of 9.15.17)

Multi-family housing development continues to play a major role in Minneapolis construction projects, driven by the high demand for urban living. The trend appears to be larger, taller, higher-rent apartment buildings with more amenities. Given the continued low vacancy rate, these trends are expected to continue into 2018.

In addition to housing, there are a significant number of redevelopment projects in the North Loop with large commercial buildings being converted and/or renovated into new spaces for offices, retail and businesses.

The top ten construction projects in Minneapolis by building permit valuation are as follows:

  1. Legacy Condominium at 1240 Second St. S. valued at $123,425,731.
  2. The Hub, a 26-story mixed-use building with 407-units at 600 Washington Ave SE. valued at $57,799,980.
  3. Ironclad, a mixed-use building with 180-units and underground parking at 240 Chicago Ave. valued at $32,621,424.  
  4. The Elliot hotel redevelopment at 523 Eighth St. S. valued at $25,924,185.
  5. The Westminster Presbyterian Church addition with below grade parking at 1200 Marquette Ave. valued at $25,799,117.  
  6. Thor Construction’s headquarters buildout at 1256 Penn Ave. N. valued at $24,568,252.  
  7. YMCA buildout at 651 Nicollet Mall valued at $20,156,283.  
  8. Bancroft Elementary School addition at 1315 38th St. E. valued at $19,377,000.  
  9. Jack Link’s project at Mayo Clinic Square, a remodel at 600 Hennepin Ave. valued at $19,342,136.
  10. Select Comfort’s new headquarters at 1001 Third Ave. S. valued at $19,098,037.

The remainder of 2017 will continue to see continued strong building permit activity.  Several large projects are still expected to go before the City of Minneapolis Planning Commission before the end of the year.

In the News

Artists wanted to boost Lake Street economic development

The Lake Street Council announced a call for artist-driven initiatives to showcase the cultural assets of the area and attract visitors to shop the diverse businesses and organizations along Lake Street.

Using a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, the council is seeking artist submissions for a one-year creative placemaking project. “We’re looking for 12 artists,” said Lake Street Council Executive Director Allison Sharkey. “We’re looking for a few projects with a budget of $1,000, a couple with a budget of $2,500 and a couple with a budget of $5,000.

Read full story in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder News Online

Communities of color consulted on Mpls Zero Waste Plan

The City of Minneapolis is drafting a “zero-waste” plan. In 2015, the City Council established a goal to recycle and compost 50 percent of its citywide waste by 2020 and 80 percent by 2030 — a “zero percent” growth in the city’s total waste stream.

“I think ‘zero waste’ is a fairly new topic; it doesn’t have a true definition as yet,” said Halston Sleets, the City’s sustainability and environmental justice policy aide in the mayor’s office. She joined the mayor’s office in late March.

Read full story in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder News Online