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

Growing MPLS

January 2018

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


East Town Business Partnership Business Forum

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The City of Minneapolis is seeking to lead the nation in renewal energy initiatives and best practices for environmental sustainability. This forum will provide an overview of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan for growth in the City of Minneapolis and feature subject experts discussing several new and innovative partnerships that are transforming how Minneapolis businesses can play a leading role in new energy efficiencies and waste reductions that are both good for business and the community.

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NAREB Homeownership Expo and Community Wealth Building Day

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 Wilder Center in St. Paul 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Meet with industry professionals. Resources will be available for home buyer education. Low down payments options will be available. There will be door prizes for the first 25 people and giveaways all day.

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Art Shanty Project 2018 at Lake Harriet

Jan. 20 - Feb. 11, 2018

Free & open to the public Saturdays & Sundays

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of what art can be.

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City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival

Jan. 27 - Feb. 4, 2018

Start times: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every half hour.

Loppet Foundation events are designed to highlight the many outdoor opportunities that can be found right in Minneapolis. How many big cities come with a 42 kilometer ski trail system? Skiers test their mettle with a series of two long-distance races. The Challenge starts on Saturday with the Hoigaard’s Classic and continues the following Sunday with the Columbia Sportswear Skate.

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Plan the Future of Minneapolis by participating in the Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan 

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Plymouth Congregational Church. 1900 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis , MN 55403

Over the past year, City planners have been doing a lot of listening about the future of Minneapolis. One thing we've heard is that everyone must benefit from a growing city. Done right, population growth can help our city become a healthy, sustainable, and thriving place for all. We have some ideas on how to achieve that, and would like to hear your thoughts.

Co-hosted by Citizens for a Loring Park Community, Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Elliot Park Neighborhood, Stevens Square Community Organization, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association, and the North Loop Neighborhood Association.

Engage online

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US Pond Hockey Championships

Jan. 25 - Jan. 28, 2018 Scheduled times located here.

Reunite with your friends over a weekend when time can stand still and we can all be kids for three days. The champions will go down in history with their names etched into the Golden Shovel, a symbol of our lifelong love and passion for the purity of this outdoor game.

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Community Connections Conference 

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This City of Minneapolis event is led in partnership with community leaders and organizations with the goal of creating an interactive and engaging experience for attendees.

The featured workshops include Formalizing Relationships between Community and Government; Awesome Neighborhoods in 120 Seconds or Less; and Tenant Rights, Housing Habitability, and How Communities Can Support Renter Households.

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New & Expanding Businesses




Co-working Space

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

Vote on Development Opportunities in Minneapolis

Photo for 1400 W. Broadway
1400 West Broadway Avenue. Source: Northside Veneer.

On Monday, January 8, Hoodstarter, the Center Cities Competitiveness Initiative, and Greater MSP kicked-off a new marketing campaign to promote property development in Saint Paul and Minneapolis called In Like a Lion. This campaign is a collaborative effort between these organizations and the City of Minneapolis, the City of Saint Paul and several community partners to promote improved community participation in property development via leveraging technology and community passion. 

Currently, five Minneapolis properties are listed on Hoodstarter and you have the opportunity to share your ideas on how you would like to see the properties be developed.  

  • 1400 W. Broadway
  • 927 & 1001 W. Broadway
  • 38th Street Station
  • 2015 Lowry Avenue N.
  • Bassett Creek

Your ideas and feedback can inform developers what community members like you want to see in their neighborhoods. Get your neighbors involved by having them share their ideas on Hoodstarter, too. If you are interested in developing the property contact the City of Minneapolis or WBC.

Tour Nicollet Mall's Public Art Now

Nicollet Mall reconstruction ushered in three new public artworks to downtown Minneapolis, and welcomed back the return of six others. The new mall includes artworks that you can experience, use, study, and enjoy – it is the largest collection of public art in the city outside of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. These pieces feature different generations of artists, styles, approaches, materials, and technologies – from the 1960s to the present day. We encourage you to visit the art over and over again, as their qualities and meanings continue to be revealed over time and through the seasons.

Photo of Ned Kahn's Prairie Tree

Prairie Tree created by Ned Kahn.

The Nicollet Mall virtual tour is now available, along with six other tours featuring the Minneapolis’ Public Art Collection. Each tour provides information on each individual artwork such as its location, materials, an image, and other public artworks nearby.

Check out the Nicollet Mall Tour and our other tours online.

STEP-UP Year-End Report Now Available

Photo of students of STEP-UP
Source: Cleveland Neighborhood Association

In 2017, Minneapolis saw unemployment fall to the lowest levels in a decade. Businesses, more than ever, began to see an imminent labor shortage and turned to STEP-UP as a vital partner in preparing, recruiting, and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce.

This year, STEP-UP focused on deepening support for both interns and supervisors by creating high quality internships through innovative trainings for supervisors and professional development for interns. By emphasizing these practices, STEP-UP was able to offer solutions to the regional labor shortage and offer pathways to young people for future success well beyond the STEP-UP experience.

 STEP-UP by the numbers:

    • 1,653 interns employed
    • 91% interns of color
    • 89% interns with free or reduced lunch
    • 51% interns from immigrant families
    • 17% interns with disabilities
    • 226 employers
    • $3 million in wages earned with $1.69 million coming from the private sector

     See the whole report.

    Join STEP-UP for the Summer of 2018 as an Intern or Employer

    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.

    Find youth applications for STEP-UP online here; applications close on Friday, February 16, 2018.

    Become a STEP-UP employer. There is a tremendous opportunity to tap the thousands of talented Minneapolis youth who are eager to bring fresh ideas, energy and creativity to your workplace. Pledge to be a STEP-UP employer.  

    Photo Source: Pillsbury United Communities

    Photo of Students in the STEP-UP program

    Super Bowl 2018: Know Before You Go

    Photo of U.S. Bank Stadium

    Want to learn more about the Super Bowl? Visit the Know Before You Go website to find out information about transportation options and details on the increased service around the city. This page also provides frequently asked questions such as, "Is there a way for me to still have a Super Bowl experience if I'm not planning on attending the game?" You sure can with the 10-day event festival leading up to the Super Bowl.

    Visit the City’s Super Bowl Page for information about media, visitors, temporary vendors, road closures, and much more.

    Need resources in another language? The City of Minneapolis has put together the following resources for cultural communities:  


    • Radio: La Raza 1400 am or 97.5 FM every Tuesday, 3-4pm
    • TV: Tune into Univision on Saturday, Jan 20 and 28 at 11am and Telemundo at Saturday, Jan 20 and 28 at 10:00 a.m.
    • Web:



    Additional Super Bowl webpages are also available in Oromo, Vietnamese and Lao. Or interpreters are available in any language by calling 311. 


    Attend the Manufacturing Career and Training Job Fair on Tuesday, January 30th, to Meet Employers Hiring Now

    Photo of student at Job Fair

    The City of Minneapolis is partnering with Hennepin County and The Sundance Family Foundation to hold an interactive manufacturing job fair for the community.

    This event will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the North Minneapolis Workforce Center. Click here for directions.

    Youth ages 14-18 are encouraged to attend as well. A special activity called Wunderkammer (Cabinet of Curiosity) will teach youth with a hands-on approach, allowing them to fully experience the careers. This space fosters a sense of belonging and imagination. 

    Photo by Pat Carney

    State and Minneapolis Unemployment Rate

    State Unemployment Rate Drops to 3.1 Percent in November
    Minnesota’s unemployment rate last month fell to its lowest level since July 2000, according to figures announced by DEED. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in November. State employers eliminated 4,000 jobs in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, while October’s figures were revised from 4,500 jobs lost to 2,400 jobs lost.

    Minneapolis Unemployment Rate Remained Stable in November 
    The November 2017 unemployment rate remained at 2.4 percent, resulting in 5,682 residents unemployed and actively seeking employment, a decrease of 148 unemployed from October to November.

    November’s 2.4 percent unemployment rate in Minneapolis is .2% lower than the State of Minnesota, .1 percent higher than the seven county metro area, and 1.5 percent lower than the national average.

    The October Issue of Minnesota Employment Review is now available.

    Read full Press release.

    In the News

    Minneapolis Ranks Among Top 12 Cities for Tech Hiring in First Half of 2018

    Technology hiring in Minneapolis is expected to start strong in 2018, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. Twenty-five percent of CIOs surveyed here say they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams in the first half of the new year, up 5 percentage points from a year ago. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights technology skills in demand and CIOs' top priorities for the first six months of the year.

    Read More in Robert Half Technology 

    Andrew Zimmern Developing Destinations Food Market for Minneapolis Dayton's Project

    The first official tenant has been locked in for The Dayton’s Project, a massive redevelopment effort underway at the old Macy’s building on the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis. Twin Cities resident and celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern will be teaming up with Robert Montwaid, creator and co-founder of Gansevoort Market in New York City, to develop a 40,000-square-foot, multi-faceted food market split between the first and lower floors of the building.

    Read more in Twin Cities Business Magazine