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

Growing MPLS

February 2018

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


City of Minneapolis Community Connections Conference

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center, Ballrooms A & B
1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis

Neighborhood & Community Relations invites you to participate in the 7th annual Community Connections Conference. There will be nonprofits, elected leaders, community organizations and others providing information on civic engagement opportunities, community partnerships, social justice initiatives and ways to shape local government policies. The conference is a free event with exciting learning labs, speakers, panel and a delicious catered lunch.

The featured exhibits include Minneapolis Homes and Minneapolis 2040 and a Minneapolis Homes workshop. 

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Minneapolis Home & Remodeling Show

Friday, Feb. 16, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

Experience exhibits featured around home development and accessories. The 2018 show has an upgraded entrance process with box offices inside, easier access to the field and even more exhibitors to see.

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NorthPoint Expansion & Penn-Plymouth Info Session

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center 
1313 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis

Learn more about NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center’s Campus Expansion and other projects along the Penn-Plymouth corridor in North Minneapolis. Exhibitors will include: The Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan and Minneapolis Homes program.

The Penn-Plymouth Partners include: City of Minneapolis, Estes Funeral Chapel, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, Minneapolis Urban League, Thor Development, Twin Cities LISC & University of Minnesota.

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Minneapolis Professional & Technology Diversity Career Fair

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

U.S. Bank Stadium, 401 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis

A unique, complimentary event designed to give diverse professionals a chance to network, socialize and increase career success. Engage with corporate leaders and make quality connections that will help build a solid network of professionals who value diversity.

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2018 North Housing Fair

Saturday, March 24, 2018
10 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Lucy Laney at Cleveland Park Community School, 3333 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis

The Northside Housing Fair is a one-stop-shop for all  housing needs, whether  a renter, a homeowner, or anything in between. There will be housing resources from contractors to financing opportunities, housing organizations to renter resources, neighborhood organizations, community groups and more. CPED's Minneapolis Homes program will be exhibiting. No cost to attend. 

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Emerging Leader Program: Free Mini-MBA Training Program

Deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

The Emerging Leaders training focuses on small, poised-for-growth companies with potential for job creation.  The seven-month intensive, executive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops and develop connections with their peers, city leaders and financial communities. 

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Business Profile: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar

Photo of The Red Sea Restaurant
Middle, top to bottom: The Red Sea logo, people enjoying the outside patio area, sea of crowd listening to featured entertainment, one of many tasteful entrées, quiet sit-down area. (Source: The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar website)

As Minneapolis’ first Ethiopian restaurant, The Red Sea Restaurant and Bar has a long history of serving delicious Ethiopian and Eritrea food; twenty eight years to be exact. It doesn’t stop there. The dynamic environment of The Red Sea also hosts live music events in a separate space, next door to the restaurant. The two co-owners, Russom Solomon and Yohannes Zemedhin, bought The Red Sea in 2002 and have been adapting to the growing and changing demographics of Minneapolis ever since. 

With the growing population and use of technology, Russom and Yohannes knew they needed to take more action to meet the demand and get the word out about their special cuisine and entertainment offerings. In 2016, they reached out to City of Minneapolis Business Technical Support Program (B-TAP) provider, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) for assistance with their marketing strategy and kitchen updates, resulting in upgrading their social media presence (The Red Sea website and Facebook page), logo, and kitchen appliances.

Check out the events coming up, such as The New Friday's Hip Hop - R&B - Neo Soul - Reggae on Friday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 p.m.

A Kick-start to the Morning with the Annual STEP-UP Partners Breakfast on February 8, 2018

Photo of STEP-UP Partners Breakfast
David Ahlers, VP of Human Resources and Corporate Communications pledging to increase the number of STEP-UP interns at Graco in 2018. (Source: STEP-UP)

On the morning of Thursday, Feb. 8, there was an annual STEP-UP Partners Breakfast to celebrate the STEP-UP internship program and the power of partnerships. Businesses and government leaders joined together to show their support for Minneapolis youth by committing to providing meaningful internships for STEP-UP interns again this summer.

There were many special guest speakers, including 2018 Outstanding Alum winner, Representative Fue Lee; Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, Ed Graff; STEP-UP alumna Jennifer Ramirez; Mayor Jacob Frey; and many more. Mayor Jacob Frey committed the City of Minneapolis to hiring more interns than the year before and encouraged other employers to do the same.

The deadline for students to apply for the 2018 cohort is Friday, Feb. 16. Applications can be found online here

Minneapolis youth are eager to bring fresh ideas, energy and creativity to your workplace. Pledge to be a STEP-UP employer here

The STEP-UP youth employment program is a program in partnership with the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Project for Pride in Living

Over 130 Attend the 2018 Adult Services Conference

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Dr. Verna Price presenting The Power of Collaboration. (Source: City of Minneapolis)

The 2018 Services-to-Adults Conference was held on January 25 at the Central Library.  The theme of this conference was Sharing Resources- Building Connections-Strengthening Our Community. Dr. Verna Price gave the keynote presentation on “The Power of Collaboration:  We are Stronger Together.”  Breakout sessions included the topics of Labor Market Information, Community Connections, Cultural Awareness, Human Trafficking, Disabilities, Housing/Homeless Shelters, Working with Formerly Justice Involved individuals and Transgender Equity.  Approximately 130 workforce professionals attended this all day event.

EcoVillage Apartments brings 75-units of Affordable Housing to Hawthorne Neighborhood of North Minneapolis

Photo of EcoVillage Apartments
Top left to right: Indoor bike storage room to encourage use of alternative transportation, outside the Hawthorne EcoVillage Apartments. Bottom left to right: Mayor Jacob Frey speaking at the Grand Opening, inside space of the three-bedroom unit. (Source: City of Minneapolis)

EcoVillage Apartments is a four-story, newly completed development project from the organization, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), bringing 75 units of affordable housing to residents making no more than 50% of the area median income. The units range in size from studio to three-bedroom, with rents from $670 - $995. Construction of EcoVillage Apartments began in October 2016 and was supported by Associated Bank, the City of Minneapolis, Dougherty Mortgage, Federal Home Loan Bank, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, Home Depot Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and the National Equity Fund. It is part of the Hawthorne EcoVillage, a four-block neighborhood, and located at 617 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis.

EcoVillage Apartments features a number of green elements: a state-of-the-art storm water management system that includes a green roof, pervious pavers and rain garden;  energy-efficient mechanical systems and equipment throughout the building and in individual rental units; and bicycle racks and storage to promote both active living and alternative transportation. The property also features numerous amenities, including a playground, patio with grills, underground parking, a community room, and fitness room. 

Minneapolis Regional Chamber Announces New Look, Brand

Photo of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber Meeting
Minneapolis Regional Chamber Annual Meeting (Source: Minneapolis Regional Chamber)

At the Minneapolis Regional Chamber’s Annual Meeting back in January, it was announced that the organization would have a new look and brand going forward. This re-brand would also include new partnerships with other organizations and chambers throughout the region. The Chamber believes that this will help to launch it into a new era, one that showcases how great the Minneapolis-St. Paul region is and how it and its partners can make it even better. This change will help the Chamber to better serve not only its members, but the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, and represent the area at all levels of government. Through partnerships and advocacy, the Chamber wants to bring people together to improve the region and show everyone why it is a great place to live. You can read more about how they have changed for the better here.

In the News

Minneapolis becomes first perc-free city

Minneapolis has become the first major city to eliminate use of the solvent perchloroethylene, or perc, according to city officials.

City leaders celebrated the milestone at a press event Jan. 24 at Osman Cleaners on Hennepin Avenue. Mayor Jacob Frey and City Council President Lisa Bender said no longer using perc would help protect the environment, dry-cleaning workers and the broader community.

Read More in Southwest Journal

A year in, Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center exceeds expectations for job placement

When Minneapolis’ Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center opened for business last March, Mohamed Ali wasn't totally sure how many jobseekers would come to the site for employment services, at least at first.  

The Opportunity Center is a product of a public-private partnership that seeks to increase employment participation for residents of Cedar Riverside neighborhood, which has long boasted one of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

The partners include the city of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, EMERGE Community Development and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). Representatives from these partners are on-site each day to provide wrap-around services for unemployed and underemployed residents, connecting them to job opportunities and career training programs.

Read More in Minnpost

Why A Small Minneapolis Fashion Brand Is Making Climate Change Part Of Its Business 

Menswear brand Askov Finlayson has committed to giving 110% of its environmental impact cost back to organizations fighting climate change.

“If we lose our winters, if we lose our cold, we’ll lose a lot of what the north means to me,” says Dayton. “So it’s a way of tying the business to a cause I feel passionate about, but also a natural fit. It also just happens to be one of the biggest, most pressing issues of our lifetime. So that helped too.”

Read More in Fast Company