Promise Zone Updates

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January 25, 2018

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In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Minneapolis Needs new Systems, not new Data to Actualize Equity
  • Race and Equity Community Advisory Committee 
  • ReCAST Released Three RFQs
  • Minnesota Job Skills Partnership RFP
  • City Lots Now Available for Lease 
  • Content Strategy RFP
  • News and Events
  • Promise Zone Preference Points 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

Panel at actualizing equity event

Minneapolis Needs new Systems, not new Data to Actualize Equity 

Last Thursday the Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA) along with The Alliance hosted the event, Actualizing Equity: A Community Gathering. Michael McAfee, President of PolicyLink, kicked off the event as the keynote speaker. Afterwards four panelists discussed most effective strategies pertaining to racial equity work. Among the panel were Nelima Siati Munene-Executive Director of African Career Education & Resource Inc., Maria Regan Gonzalez-Richfield City Council member, Will Lumpkins-leader of Northside Greenway Now, and Melvin Carter-Mayor of Saint Paul. 

McAfee referenced Minnesota's "equity journey" that began in 2011, catalyzed by the release of data reports which revealed some of the worst racial disparities in the nation. It is now 2018, and McAfee raised some important questions.

"Have the numbers from 2011 moved at a rate that you're satisfied with? And if not why? And what are you going to do about it?"

Policy Link's upcoming 2018 Equity Summit's theme is our power, our future, our nation. This theme is meant to challenge leaders to think about how they generate their power. Once leaders contextualize their power they can use their platforms to challenge systems of inequality.The Minneapolis Promise Zone is committed to actualizing equity in North Minneapolis, and hopes to move past talking about equity and begin the work on equity. 

Race and Equity Community Advisory Committee

The City will be seeking participants to act as the Race and Equity Community Advisory Committee. This committee will advise the City Council, Mayor and City departments on City policies, practices, budget and other matters that it determines to be appropriate, related to addressing racism and racial inequities and promoting racial justice and racial equity in the City enterprise and the city as a whole. It will also advise the Racial Equity Steering Committee on the creation and implementation of the Racial Equity Action Plan and provide an annual evaluation report to the community on the City's progress addressing racial inequities and closing racial disparities.

This will be an open appointment process and will be announced soon!

ReCast word mark

ReCAST Released Three RFQs

There are three RFQs available for the ReCAST Minneapolis program each with an application deadline of Feb. 9, 2018

ReCAST Minneapolis seeks trainers, artists, and engagement specialists to continue implementing the work laid out for year two of the grant. Trainers will propose new courses based on topics identified in the RFQ for the Capacity Building Institute; artists will propose a project plan to collect oral histories from the residents of North Minneapolis; and engagement specialists will identify specific ways in which to give youth in the community a larger presence in ReCAST Minneapolis. 

Please submit applications to: with the name of the RFQ in the subject line of the email by Feb. 9, 2018. Links to the RFQs are listed below.

Minnesota Job Skills Partnership RFP

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) Board is soliciting applications for grant funding for new and incumbent worker training programs. MJSP will accept applications for the Partnership and Pathways Programs. Short Form applications are available for grants of up to $50,000. In addition, applications for Pre-Development grants for the Partnership Program will be considered.

Request for Proposal

Submission Deadline

The deadline for the submission of regular applications is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 29, 2018Short Form applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. No late proposals will be considered.

Proposals must be submitted to:

Department of Employment and Economic Development 
Business and Community Development Division 
Minnesota Job Skills Partnership 
1st National Bank Building 
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200 
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351.

One original plus five copies must be submitted by the deadline for consideration at the MJSP Board meeting to be held on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Contact Information

Brenda Buckles 

Map of city owned vacant lots available for garden lease

City Lots Now Available for Lease

City-owned vacant lots are now available for community garden and market garden applications

The City of Minneapolis invites community gardeners and market gardeners to apply through Feb. 9 to lease vacant City-owned lots. Gardeners can check out a map of available parcels, a description of the application process and list of lease fees at:

Content Strategy Project RFP 

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is requesting proposals for the purpose of developing a content strategy for managing communications and correspondence for the Unemployment Insurance Program.

Work is anticipated to start after March 1, 2018.

To get a copy of the Request for Proposals, please send a written request, by email, to: 
Kevin McDowell
UI Program Manager 
332 Minnesota St 
Suite E200 
St Paul, MN 55101

Proposal Deadline

  • Proposals submitted in response to the Request for Proposals in this advertisement must be received submitted through the Minnesota state procurement system no later than February 13, 2018 at 3 p.m. Late proposals will not be considered. Mailed, email, or fax proposals will not be considered.



Social Enterprise Network Breakfast 
Fri, February 9, 8-9:30 a.m. 
Breaking Bread Cafe, 1210 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis 

Entrepreneurship Information Session
Wed, February 7, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30  p.m. 
Women Venture, 2021 E. Hennepin Ave. Suite 200, Minneapolis 

Business Committee Policy Discussion with Chamber of Commerce 
Wed, February 14, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. 
Northside Achievement Zone, 2123 W. Broadway Ave. #100, Minneapolis 

Certification Lunch N Learn - State of MN Target Group/Economically Disadvantaged
Wed, February 14, 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. 
Dept of Administration 50 Sherburne Ave., Room 116C, Saint Paul  

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

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