Promise Zone Updates

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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January 11, 2018

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In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Increase Your Company's Revenue, Get Preference for Federal Contracts
  • Request for Proposal for Community Solar Garden Subscriptions
  • All of Us Research Program Seeks Input on Research Priorities
  • Take the Survey! Help Prioritize Governor's Housing Task Force Topics
  • Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils, and Committees   
  • News, Events, and Jobs 
  • Promise Zone Preference Points
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Map of promise zone with overlay of small business administration hub zones

Increase Your Company's Revenue, Get Preference for Federal Contracts

What's a HUBzone? It is a Historically Underutilized Business Zone. The HUBzone program was enacted into law as part of the Small Business Reauthorization Act of 1997. The program is managed by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). HUBZone designations were created to encourage economic development and increase employment growth in lower-income areas by providing access to more federal contracting opportunities. 

How do HubZones work? Companies or businesses that fall within a HUBzone receive competitive and sole source contracting. They also receive 10% price evaluation preference in full and open contract competitions, as well as subcontracting opportunities. In order to become certified for federal contracting you need to apply through the SBA. 

If you would like to apply follow this link.

Why are HUBzones important? Nearly all of the Minneapolis Promise Zone (MPZ) is designated as a HUBzone (reference map above).Therefore businesses that fall within the MPZ are potentially eligible to apply for certification, which gives them preference for federal contracting jobs. 
More Information 

Request for Proposal for Community Solar Garden Subscriptions

The City of Minneapolis is requesting a total of 4,500,000 kWh in annual subscriptions. Please consider submitting a proposal for providing these services if your firm meets the qualifications and is available. Please review the RFP for details. 

  • Proposals are due by February 8, 2018. 

A pre-proposal conference will be held at the Royalston Maintenance Facility, 661 5th Avenue North, Minneapolis, 55405 on January 18th, 2018 at 1:30 pm CST.

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All of Us Research Program Seeks Input on Research Priorities

The All of Us Research Program aims to build one of the largest, most diverse datasets of its kind for health research, with one million or more volunteers nationwide, who will sign up to share their information over time. Researchers will be able to access participants’ de-identified information for a variety of studies to learn more about the biological, behavioral, and environmental factors that influence health and disease. Their findings may lead to more individualized health care approaches in the future.

Using IdeaScale, we are asking to you to submit your ideas through a tool known as a “use case” that outlines and describes research questions that the All of Us Research Program could help answer. Link to IdeaScale tool here

The information you provide will be used at the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop on March 21–23, 2018, to identify key research priorities and requirements (such as data types and methods) for future versions of the All of Us protocol.

Read the current version of the All of Us protocol.

The deadline for submitting a use case for the All of Us Research Priorities Workshop is February 9, 2018.

Take the Survey! Help Prioritize Governor's Housing Task Force Topics 

We want your input! 

The Governor's Task Force on Housing is eager to hear from people across Minnesota about their housing priorities as they set their agenda for the coming months. Please take the short survey by following this link to share your housing priorities with the Task Force. Thank you!

Please note: Survey closes January 17, 2018! Be sure to submit your responses before then. There will be more opportunities to provide your input as the process moves along.


Governor Mark Dayton has created a Housing Task Force to advise the state, the Governor and Legislature. The task force will:

  • Affirm and protect the existing housing strategies that serve Minnesotans well, and identify gaps in the system
  • Gain a broader understanding of what housing stability looks like for people across the state, including how local policies impact housing stability
  • Develop innovative solutions to for families, individuals and communities so they may have safe, stable housing as the foundation for success.

The Task Force will have working groups and provide recommendations in three areas:

  • Homeownership
  • Rental housing
  • Housing stability and opportunity

The Task Force represents diverse communities, geographies, and interests and will create open and inclusive engagement opportunities through community forums and using technology.

Notice of Vacancies in State Boards, Councils and Committees

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. There are 520 vacancies that can be found on our website Open Positions.


Visit the Open Positions page.
Scroll down to find the correct Agency/Board/Council.
Choose the correct seat type, and click button that says APPLY
The system will walk you through creating an application profile.

Page 2 of the application will now allow you to attach the following documents:
• Letter of Interest
• Resume or Biography

Applicants are encouraged to use the online application as the Appointing Authority will have access to your information as soon as it is submitted.

Applications submitted via downloadable application may experience some delay in reaching the Appointing Authority.
Paper applications may be submitted by email to: or by mail or in person to:

Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155-1299



    Creative Financing Options for Small Business
    Thu, January 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Introduction to Government Contracting 
    Wed, January 17: 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
    DEED Department of Administration, Room 116C 50 Sherburne Ave., Saint Paul 

    Mapping Prejudice: Make History That Matters 
    Wed, January 17: 5-8 p.m. 
    Seen the Future, 2223 E. 35th St., Minneapolis 

    Actualizing Equity: A Community Gathering 
    Thu, January 18: 3-6 p.m. 
    Cowles Auditorium, 301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis 

    Thinking About Business Workshop
    Sat, January 20: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
    Northside Economic Opportunity Network, 1007 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis 

    Lobbying? Yes! You Can! 
    Tues, January 23: 10-11 a.m. 


    Kemps LLC 
    Cooler Worker
    More Information

    Metropolitan Council 
    Contract Bid for installation of bio trickling filter system  
    More Information 

    City of Minneapolis 
    Urban Scholars Program 
    More Information 

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    Promise Zone Preference Points

    If a discretionary funding opportunity indicates Promise Zone (PZ) preference points are available, please visit for additional information on forms and contacts to request preference point certification from the City of Minneapolis Promise Zone. Please submit your preference point request at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for Promise Zone certification approval consideration. 

    If a funding opportunity does not indicate PZ preference points, you are still encouraged to contact the Promise Zone Manager, Julianne Leerssen (612-225-7721), about potential partnership opportunities to strengthen your application.

    About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

    Promise Zones are federally designated, high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and leverage private investment. The Minneapolis Promise Zone (MPZ) plan is a comprehensive, community-driven revitalization strategy that builds on and aligns numerous initiatives to address the persistent unemployment, crime, housing blight, and poor educational outcomes that affect that area.

    Contact information: Juli Leerssen, (612) 225-7721

    For more information, please visit

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    "Welcome to North Minneapolis" mural by youth artists from Juxtaposition Arts and TATS CRU