Promise Zone Updates

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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March 8, 2018

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In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Getting to Know Executive Director of Build Wealth Minnesota, David McGee
  • Governor's Housing Task Force and Work Group March Meetings
  • Watch Northside Storyville's Latest Episode
  • Diversity Certification Programs in Minnesota 
  • RFP for Quality Management Services for Green Line Extension Project 
  • Minneapolis Solar Cost Share Application 
  • Are you Ready to Scale your Business to New Heights?
  • News, Events, Jobs
  • Promise Zone Preference Points 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

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Getting to Know Executive Director of Build Wealth Minnesota, David McGee 

Executive Director, David McGee, was able to sit down with one of the Promise Zone's AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America to discuss his connection to North Minneapolis and how his professional life as a banker led him to start his own non-profit organization. At Build Wealth Minnesota, they utilize public, private, and foundational resources to develop and provide programs and services that will empower individuals, families and communities to embrace a new way of viewing their lives in the area of Financial Literacy, Debt Reduction, minimizing the cost of money and wealth creation for generations to come.    

Read the full interview

Governor's Housing Task Force and Work Group March Meetings 

Joint Rental and Housing Stability & Opportunity Work Groups Meeting 
Mon, March 12, 11 a.m. -1 p.m. 
400 Wabasha St. N., Saint Paul 

Housing Stability & Opportunity Work Group Meeting 
Mon, March 12, 1-2 p.m. 
400 Wabasha St. N., Saint Paul  

Rental Housing Work Group Meeting 
Mon, March 12, 2-4 p.m. 
400 Wabasha St. N., Saint Paul 

Regional Housing Forum in Austin, MN 
Wed, March 14, 2-5 p.m. 
1900 8th Ave. NW, Austin, MN 

Homeownership Work Group Meeting 
Thurs, March 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m. 
400 Wabasha St. N., Saint Paul 

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Image provided by Northside Funders Group

Watch Northside Storyville's Latest Episode

Northside Storyville is BACK! And we're excited to tell some of the amazing stories of North Minneapolis. Next up is HWMR - an upscale barbershop turned lifestyle brand in the heart of North Minneapolis. The founder and owner is Houston White, a veteran entrepreneur, who after the economic recession, shifted from building custom homes to creating a destination space for cultural connections in North Minneapolis through HWMR and his clothing brand Black Excellence. 

  • Watch the latest episode here

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Diversity Certification Programs in Minnesota

Are you a woman owned, minority owned or disadvantaged small business? Then visit the Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council's website for a list of diversity certification programs in Minnesota.

The Small and Disadvantaged Business Opportunity Council (SADBOC) is a council under the Federal Executive Board of Minnesota whose mission is to promote supplier diversity in the public sector through collaboration and information sharing between its members and through education and outreach to the small business public. SADBOC members include Federal, State, and local agencies as well as non-profits with an interest in supplier diversity.   

Metropolitan Council Request for Proposals for Quality Management Services for the Green Line Extension Project

The Metropolitan Council is soliciting proposals for Quality Management Services, including quality assurance inspections and testing, to support the Council during Civil Construction of the Southwest Light Rail Transit Line. 

The Southwest LRT Line is an approximately 15-mile line that will service the Twin Cities metropolitan region of Minnesota, operating from downtown Minneapolis through the southwestern suburban cities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. 

The anticipated schedule for this procurement is as follows: 

  • RFP Issue Date: February 27, 2018 
  • Pre-Proposal Meeting: March 13, 2018 
  • March 20, 2018 
  • April 12, 2018 at 5:00 PM local time 

More Information 

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Minneapolis Solar Cost Share Application 

The City of Minneapolis wants to help Minneapolis commercial buildings pay for solar upgrades. Highest priority will be given to buildings participating in the City of Minneapolis Benchmarking program. This funding is available through the Green Business Cost Share Program, which helps business owners overcome financial obstacles to better energy efficiency. 

Priority will be given if your business is in the Green Zones of Minneapolis. We’ll give incentive of $0.35 per estimated annual kwh production.

Application Deadlines: March 1, April 1, May 1, June 1, 2018 

Are you Ready to Scale your Business to New Heights? 

Scale Up! is a free education and coaching program offered by WomenVenture. It's designed to scale established women-owned businesses that are positioned to achieve exponential growth. 

Program Outcomes 

  • Create and present a multi-year plan for growth 
  • Learn how to implement the Entrepreneurial Operating System 
  • Utilize Profit Mastery financial disciplines to understand cash flow and profit 
  • Identify, leverage, and improve leadership and management capabilities 
  • Establish a trusted peer network for confidential exchange and accountability by participating in 12 session facilitated coaching circle
  • Produce jobs that pay employees and contractors a living wage

Program Components 

  • Participation in 22 small-group workshop sessions delivered by professional facilitators 
  • Option to schedule up to eight hours of one-on-one coaching with program facilitators 
  • Opportunity to receive technical assistance from consultants at the SBA's Small Business Development Center at the University of St. Thomas in identified area(s) of need 
  • Leadership and business assessments using proven tools 
  • Access to financial ratio comparison data from industry peer group 

Who Should Apply

Women business owners whose businesses have been in operation for at least five years, are committed to creating exponential growth in their business, are able to invest time inside and out of the classroom, and have at least $500,000 in annual sales. Apply by March 20, 2018. 

For more information or to apply for Scale Up! Minnesota, visit or call 612.224.9540



Minnesota Housing Authority Investor's Club: Housing Choice Voucher Program 
Tues, March 13, 5-7:30 p.m. 
MHA Training Room, 1600 W. 82nd St., #110 Bloomington 

Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America Homeownership Workshop 
Sat, March 18, 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. 
River of Life Lutheran Church, 2200 N. Freemont Ave., Minneapolis 

Rake It Up - Black Creatives Talk: Grant Writing 
Wed, March 21, 6-8 p.m. 
Friends of the Hennepin County Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis 

Northside Economic Opportunity Network Open House 
Thurs, March 29, 5-7 p.m. 
NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis  

Introduction to Government Contracting (classes fill up quickly) 
Wed, May 16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Minnesota State Administration Building, Room 116C 50 Sherburne Ave., Saint Paul 


Hennepin County - North Minneapolis 
Mechanic - Small Engines and Operations  
More Information  (Job Number: 18DOCCR044CAM24)

Project Manager 
More Information 

Manufacturing Foundations Training 
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

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