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

Growing MPLS

December 2017

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


Minneapolis 2040 Community Engagement Events

Each event will feature a report out of the ideas we have heard from you on the Comprehensive Plan to date and ideas to address those ideas through a variety of family-friendly activities created by artists and City-staff.  Not your average City meeting, these events will feature DJs and food from local businesses. 

Saturday, December 9
10 a.m.-noon 
Roosevelt High School gym
4029 28th Ave. S
Co-hosted by Standish Ericsson and Corcoran neighborhoods

Monday, December 11
5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Martin Luther King Park multi-purpose room
4055 Nicollet Ave.
Co-hosted by Tangletown, Kingfield, Armatage and Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association 

Not able to attend? Engage online

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Mill City Farmers Market

Select Saturdays November-April 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Shop from over 40 local farmers, food vendors, and artists for holiday meals, unique handmade gifts and weekly groceries indoors.

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Minneapolis Northeast Farmers Market

3rd Sunday November-March
10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Solar Arts by Chowgirls
711 15th Avenue NE, Mpls

Music on vinyl by The Ring Toss Twins, prepared foods, raffle drawings, local beer and bloody mary bar, kids activities, plus a great variety of over 30 local vendors.

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Thursdays through Sundays, November 24-December 23
Loring Park

The mpls downtown council and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board are excited to partner together and bring Holidazzle to Loring Park. In 2017, this tradition is again bringing family-friendly programming to Loring Park and is free and open to the public. 


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Minneapolis Craft Holiday Markets

Launched in October, 2015, Minneapolis Craft Market is the Twin Cities' mobile marketplace to discover handcrafted goods by designers and makers of the North. 


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Super Bowl Launches Know Before You Go Information

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee wants to make everyone's Bold North experience as seamless as possible. The information you’ll find in Know Before You Go includes the range of transportation options and increased service information that will be offered during the 10-day festival, including expanded light rail service connecting Mall of America® to downtown Minneapolis.

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New & Expanding Businesses





In the News

3 years in the making, North Market is set to open its doors this month

Bright orange and gleaming silvery-gray, North Market is much more than a grocery store on the corner of 44th and Humboldt Ave. N.

Set to open on Dec. 13,  the market is currently teeming with life as staff members stock shelves and construction crews erect signage, complete the electrical system, and handle other finishing touches.

North Market - a grocery store and wellness center in partnership with North Memorial – is a project of Pillsbury United Communities (PUC). It is one of the few full-service grocery stores in North Minneapolis. It is located in Webber-Camden on the site of a former Kowalski’s, a high-end grocery chain.

Read full story in North News


There's nothing like a good rags-to-riches story. In Minneapolis, that means you're talking about the North Loop. Relegated to the bargain basement of the real estate world even a few short years ago, the area since has become one of the hottest territories in Minneapolis. With great real estate comes great commerce, and you're in luck if you're looking for some trendy places to spend your paycheck. From innovative restaurants to luxurious clothing and home goods stores, the North Loop has something to suit every shopper's taste. Here are the people and places responsible for making the North Loop an experience that only Minneapolis can offer.

Read full article in Thrillist Guide for Minneapolis 

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: Glam Doll Donuts

Glam Doll Donuts Picture
Glam Doll Owners, Arwyn Birch and Teresa Fox (Source: Glam Doll Donuts)

The moment you step through the door of Glam Doll Donuts, you know it is no ordinary donut shop. The décor is fun and well, glamorous. Work created by local artists is displayed throughout the fabulous furnishings and dreamy colors. The music makes you want to stay long after your last bite of deliciousness and then there’s the donuts… Sure, you find some familiar flavors but they’re taken to new and scrumptious heights with ingredients like caramelized bacon and Surly beer icing. Truly a situation which calls for a taste test before judging the unique and made from scratch works of culinary art. The first shop, Eat Street (Nicollet Ave) Glam Doll opened in 2013. Last year, Northeast Glam Doll opened with the addition of wine, beer and even “entrée donuts.” From providing assistance with financial projections to help with securing financing, co-owner Teresa Fox says the support they’ve received from City of Minneapolis B-TAP provider, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers has been critical to their success.  Glam Doll also received support for its expansion from the City’s 2% Loan and Great Streets facade improvement programs.

CPED - Employment and Training Recognizes Outstanding Partners

Pillsbury United Communities Youth Partner of the Year Photo
(Pictured left to right) Scott Redd, Minneapolis Workforce Development Board; PUC leaders: Francisco Segovia, Autumn McDowell, Adair Mosley, and Michelle Negrete; Deb Bahr-Helgen, Director, CPED – Employment and Training; and Julie Graves, PUC (Source: CPED)

On November 28th, CPED – Employment and Training, the Minneapolis Workforce Development Board, and the Minneapolis Youth Council presented awards to two agencies that have provided outstanding employment services to Minneapolis youth and adults in 2017. The ceremony took place in Minneapolis City Council Chambers during the meeting of the Community Development and Regulatory Services Committee meeting.

Pillsbury United Communities (PUC), a partner of CPED – Employment and Training for over 29 years, was recognized Youth Service Partner of the Year for operating an impressive year-round program for aspiring Minneapolis youth and young adults ages 14-24.

In 2017, PUC provided counseling and support for 44 young adults to land a first job and/or to think through career choices, operated a paid internship project for 15 participants, assisted 22 individuals to earn industry specific credentials and helped 23 participants gain employment.

CLUES Adult Services Partner of the Year Photo
(Pictured left to right) Jim Roth, Minneapolis Workforce Development Board; Ruby Azurdia-Lee and Ann Meyers, CLUES; Deb Bahr-Helgen and Merga Hunde, CPED – Employment and Training (Source: CPED)

CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio) was selected as Adult Service Partner of the Year for its strong performance in the Minneapolis Works program. CLUES offers clients free job counseling, job placement, workshops and assistance developing job skills. While services focus on the Latino family, staff's capabilities enable them to serve individuals and families from all walks of life including new immigrants and low-income families who dream of a better future.

In 2016, about eighty percent of CLUES’ Minneapolis Works clients identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino. Forty-four percent were single parents and about seventy-two percent had a high school diploma or less education. The average wage at placement for these clients was $12.38.    

City of Minneapolis STEP-UP Youth Employment Program Accepting Applications for 2018

EmployersEmployers: STEP-UP helps companies identify and nurture young talent, introduce a diverse new generation to their industry and make a difference in the lives of young professionals.  Each year STEP-UP trains more talented interns than we have positions.  Consider hiring an intern today.  Call Nina at 612-673-5118.


Minneapolis Youth: Change your life with professional skills training, great on-the-job experience and connections with adult professionals who can help you achieve your career goals. STEP-UP is for Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. The online application for summer 2018 will be open from December 11-February 16. Go to for more information.

STEP-UP is the City of Minneapolis internship program for young adults ages 14-21. Each year, STEP-UP recruits, trains and places more than 1,600 Minneapolis youth in meaningful paid internships with over 220 top Twin Cities businesses, public agencies and nonprofits.

As one of the country's premiere youth employment programs, STEP-UP serves youth who face some of the greatest barriers to employment, particularly youth from low income families, youth of color, youth from immigrant families, and youth with disabilities.

Since our inception in 2003, STEP-UP has created nearly 27,000 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.

Youth complete a competitive application process and work readiness training to be considered for a position with one of over 230 participating businesses in both public and private sector.

Seward Honored as One of 2017's Great Neighborhoods

Seward Great Places Award Picture
Taste of Seward Annual Meeting (Source: City of Minneapolis, CPED)

On November 8, the Seward Neighborhood received a Great Place award from the American Planning Association (APA) during the Seward Neighborhood Group annual meeting and Taste of Seward event.  The Great Places awards recognize streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

According to the APA website, "Seward is a testament to the value of diversity when it comes to community building, economic resilience, and neighborhood stewardship. As it says in the neighborhood's Affirmative Inclusion Statement: 'All are welcome here.'

Exhibit at the City's Annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, February 10

Community Connections Save the Date
Source: NCR

The City of Minneapolis department of Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) invites you to participate in the 7th annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, February 10, 2018, as an exhibitor. The conference will display and build collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents and the City.  Exhibitors have until January 5, 2018 to sign up.

Exhibitors will receive complimentary breakfast, lunch and beverages, and an exhibitor table with a table skirt and two chairs. For official City-recognized neighborhood organizations, City departments and small nonprofits there is no charge to exhibit. Exhibit space for public agencies outside the City of Minneapolis, large nonprofits and businesses is $100.

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Business leaders, City officials and public celebrate opening of new Nicollet

Nicollet Mall Grand Opening Photo
Source: City of Minneapolis

On Monday, November 16, business leaders, Minneapolis officials and the public celebrated the opening of the new Nicollet—a greener, brighter and more user-friendly main street for downtown Minneapolis.

The Nicollet renovation features twice the amount of greenery with nearly 250 new trees, including some already 40-feet tall along with the latest LED lighting. The renovation included stamped and leveled concrete walkways that now are straighter and wider along with curb-free intersections so pedestrians will never have to step up or off a curb.

Nicollet is now home to the city’s largest display of public artwork outside of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Notable features include: the Light Walk, a two-block long overhead light installation made up of a series of mirrored fins and programmable LED lights; Nicollet Lanterns, 12 illuminated sculptural lanterns featuring poems by local writers; Prairie Tree, a sculpture featuring wind-animated elements that reflect the sky; and the restored Nicollet Sculpture Clock.

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