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

Growing MPLS

April 2018

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


MN Craft Beer Festival

Saturday, April 14, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Minneapolis Convention Center (Hall E)
1301 2nd Avenue South,

The Minnesota Craft Beer Festival will feature limited-release beers, world-class breweries, unlimited pours, and live music in Minneapolis-St. Paul. More than 90+ breweries will participate in pouring some of their best brews. Proceeds will be donated to Twin Cities Habitat For Humanity.

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Fashion Week MN

Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. 

The Foshay
821 S Marquette Ave.

This event is the official Fashion Week MN (FWMN) kickoff. The #MINNSTAFASHION was born with the bold vision and compulsive desire to create insider access, and to flaunt these magnetic events across social media. The event welcomes fashionistas, influencers, movers and shakers who are ready to see and be seen.

Monday, April 23 - Sunday, April 29, 2018

Fashion Week MN (FWMN) is a community-driven initiative celebrating the talent of the Minnesota fashion industry and creative community. Every spring and fall, FWMN organizes a week-long installment of events showcasing the designers, brands, retailers, producers, stylists, artists, influencers, models, photographers and other creatives who are elevating the Minnesota style scene. 

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Good Morning Minneapolis

Friday, April 27, 2018
7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Kieran's Irish Pub
85 N 6th Street 

Nicollet is open for business after a multi-year renovation. Multiple organizations have plans to activate the new design assets.  How will downtown businesses, employees and residents engage? Hear from the panel of presenters at Good Morning Minneapolis. 

Presenters include:
Lisa Middag, Director of Nicollet Activation, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District

Gail Dorfman, Executive Director, St. Stephen’s Human Services

Michael Hernandez, Director of Visitor Services, Meet Minneapolis

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Minneapolis/St Paul Home Tour

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

This is the 31st annual Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. From the very old homes to the very new, city dwellers open their doors to share their home improvement experiences. Real Homes. Real People. Real Ideas. The tour will help and encourage visitors' quest to claim unused space or to add on. 

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Redevelopment Tour in the North Loop

Friday, May 4, 2018
12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

T3 Minneapolis Office
323 N Washington Ave.

Join a walking tour of recent urban core redevelopment sites in
Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. On this exclusive tour, you will learn about the origins and vision of these sites, the key players involved, and the planning and design decisions that led to implementation. 

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Upcoming Free Training Events

Small Developers Intro 101 Training 

Saturday April 21, 2018 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Registration closes Wednesday, April 18, 2018. 


Saturday, April 28, 2018, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Registration closes Monday, April 23, 2018. 

This introductory course will provide participants with basic tools used to consider a real estate development project. The intention of this program is to: build capacity and diversify the pool of small developers in Minneapolis, educate new and inexperienced small developers in risk management and the real estate development process, and educate community partners and City officials on the real estate development process and help connect them to small developers. 

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Developing Capabilities Statements for DBE Construction Businesses 

Thursday, April 26, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In this session, you will learn how to draft a capability statement, gain the ability to market your products and services with the statement, access the latest information on the City's major construction projects, and improve your understanding of government contracting and procurement.

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Co-op Feasibility Class

Spring Training: Eight Thursdays, from May 3 - June 28, 2018 (no session on Thursday, May 31, 2018).
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

The City of Minneapolis is offering a class for groups interested in creating a cooperative. The class will equip the participants with tools to evaluate their co-op idea and/or to refine their model for those that are already in the process of incorporation. 

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Small Developers 102 Training 

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

The purpose of this advanced course is to provide some initial material to help aspiring, novice, and perhaps even some experienced developers, with the knowledge and tools to build their confidence and enable greater success in their real estate ventures.

Registration closes Monday, April 23, 2018. You will be notified of acceptance by Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

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New & Expanding Businesses






Coworking 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

    Business Profile: Clockwork

    Photo collage of the digital agency, Clockwork
    Left to right: Clockwork, located at 1153 16th Avenue SE, adds an artistic aspect to the neighborhood, decorative conference room, Clockwork's stage, an open and welcoming conference room. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

    The experience design and technology agency, Clockwork, is a results-driven and innovative company. Much like their name suggests, they are collaborative, effective, and reliable partners – helping their clients’ businesses and digital offerings run smoothly. Clockwork was founded in 2002 with the notion that great work and great lives can co-exist, which translated into the balanced, positive work environment for which they are known.

    Clockwork’s solutions achieve transformative results for their clients. Their work falls into a few broad categories: consulting, strategic direction, and digital implementation. They create and implement enterprise-scale digital strategies, establish tools and processes for organizational change, and design and develop digital products. Along the way, they work closely with clients to value technology and see the opportunities in broad digital culture adaption.

    In 2013, Clockwork received a 2% loan from the City to assist with the renovation and equipping of their new facility at 1153 16th Avenue SE. The new, larger location expanded their work space by adding several collaborative work rooms, a small stage, and a large gathering area. These additions both increase the amount of creative work space and allow Clockwork to host community and mission-based events.

    Last year when the City started the process to replace its public website and content management system, Clockwork submitted a bid to manage the project and provide strategic guidance, and they successfully won. Now, Clockwork is helping the City take inventory of its existing website and determining the best steps and strategies to develop a brand new, more dynamic, user friendly and ADA- accessible website going forward to better serve Minneapolis.  

    Apply for a Public Art Permit

    Photo of the Little Earth of United Tribes mural by Minneapolis College of Art & Design
    Mural by Minneapolis College of Art & Design, Little Earth of United Tribes, & Midtown Greenway Coalition; Artist Melodee Strong. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

    Do you wish your neighborhood had more public art? Paint or wrap that ugly utility box on the corner, paint an intersection or sidewalk, and turn your public art ideas into reality! The City’s Public Art permitting program increases connections between artists, neighborhoods, and residents through placemaking.  The 2018 public art permit instructions are now available.

    2018 application deadlines: WednesdayApril 25; Wednesday, June 27; and Wednesday, August 29.

    For questions, please contact Talia Moorman.

    Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Celebrates its One Year Anniversary

    photo of the cedar riverside one year anniversary panel discussion
    Resident providing input at the Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center panel discussion facilitated by Mayor Jacob Frey. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

    The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center (CROC) celebrated its one year anniversary on Monday, March 12, 2018. Mayor Jacob Frey facilitated an interactive panel discussion with Council Member Abdi Warsame, Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin, MCTC President Dr. Sharon Pierce, and EMERGE President Mike Wynne. The panel provided an open conversation about developing more ways of economic inclusion and increasing employment, as well as answering questions from residents. Over this one year period, more than 320 community members became employed through the services of CROC.

    The City of Minneapolis is a proud partner of CROC and works to connect community members with training and employment services through its Minneapolis Employment and Training program. Other partners working with Cedar Riverside to provide workforce resources and guidance include: EMERGE Community Development, Hennepin County Workforce Development, Hennepin County Library, and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC).

    City of Minneapolis Business Licensing Team Boosts Customer Service

    photo of the business licensing team's customer service statement
    The City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) Business Licensing team's Customer Service Statement located in City Hall. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

    The Business Licensing team from the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) has found a way to bring customer service up a notch. The City conducts an Employee Engagement survey every two years and based on the Business Licensing team’s responses in the 2016 survey, they discovered they needed a process to better measure customer feedback.

    Therefore, with a successful bottom-up management style and two-way communication, they have been making the necessary steps to measure customer feedback. They met once a month throughout 2017 in a “Culture Club” group, which kick-started their customer service project.

    Next, “Think Tank” groups formed. They are collaborative teams of Business Licensing employees who volunteered to be the decision makers. So far, they have created a customer survey that will provide tangible, constructive feedback. The survey is presented in English, Somali, and Spanish and available in paper form and electronically. They look to apply all feedback from the surveys by celebrating employees for great customer service and, ultimately, to facilitate an even better customer experience. 

    Check Out the Job Fair for Teens!

    photo of the teen job fair logo
    Teen Job Fair Logo. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

    Saturday, April 21
    Minneapolis Central Downtown Library
    300 Nicollet Mall

    The Minneapolis Teen Job Fair is a great way for teens to connect to opportunities for volunteering, internships, training and employment. The event is free and pre-registration is not required.

    For more information see the City of Minneapolis website

    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.     Teen Prep Rally on-site!
    Build your resume and get ready to meet with employers!

    10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.  Interactive Workshop
    Learn tips for creating a positive impression, following up after the job fair, and more!

    11:00 a.m. -  2:00 p.m.   JOB FAIR

    The Teen Fair is produced by City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development, Minneapolis Youth Congress, the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, Hennepin County Library, AchieveMpls, and the Minneapolis WorkForce Centers.

    Flyer >> here

    STEP-UP Students Practice Interview Skills

    photo of STEP-UP youth practicing job interviews
    STEP-UP youth practice their interviewing skills at the Mock Interviews. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

    Over 3,400 Minneapolis youth have been accepted to STEP-UP youth employment program for 2018.  Work readiness training took place throughout March and into April. Youth who successfully complete work readiness training are eligible to be matched with STEP-UP internships.

    Recently, interns took part in Mock Interview sessions that were held at the Convention Center to practice their interviewing skills. Nearly 1,700 interns and 450 volunteers participated in Mock Interviews over the course of four nights. In total, those 450 volunteers donated nearly 700 hours of their time to help prepare interns for their upcoming summer internships!

    STEP-UP staff will make intentional matches to pair the interns with internship opportunities that best suit their skills, interests and schedules.  Internships will run from June 18 to August 17.

    Each year we have more trained and ready young people than we have positions. If you are interested in hiring a STEP-UP intern for this summer click here.

    Follow STEP-UP on Twitter @STEPUPMplsFacebook and Instagram at stepupmpls. And use the hashtag, #STEPUPMpls.

    In the News

    Minneapolis No. 3 city for startups 

    Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of the nation's best markets for startups, according to a new survey.

    The business website examined such factors as the percentage of young adults, the percentage of the population with advanced degrees, the joblessness rate, affordability of rent and startup surges.

    Read more in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

    Plaques signifying notable sites in Minneapolis music history? After new study, it could happen. 

    The City of Minneapolis has launched a study to identify important buildings in Twin Cities music history. Made possible by a grant from the National Park Service and the Minnesota Historical Society, the Minneapolis Music History Project is focusing on buildings built from 1850 to the start of the 20th century and involves asking the public what buildings are important to them.


    Read more in the Current

    Four Minneapolis chefs are James Beard award finalists 

    Four Minnesota chefs have made it to the final round for a 2018 James Beard Award.

    Diane Yang of Spoon and Stable is a nominee for the Outstanding Pastry Chef award. Steven Brown of Tilia, Gavin Kaysen of Spoon and Stable and Ann Kim of Young Joni were all named Best Chef - Midwest finalists. Brown was also a finalist for the award last year.

    Two locals were nominated in the broadcast media awards: Andrew Zimmern in the Video Webcast, Fixed Location and/or Instructional category for his "Andrew in the Kitchen" show. "The Splendid Table" was nominated in the Radio Show/Audio Webcast Category for its "Every Bite is Precious, Buddhist Cooking in Japan" episode. 

    Read more in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

    East Isles plans a new farmers market for The Mall

    A farmers market is in development for the green space on The Mall west of Hennepin Avenue.

    The East Isles Residents Association is closing in on tentative plans for an evening weekday market of about 40 food-focused vendors to launch this summer.

    The “heart and soul” of the market is fresh food from local sources, said Debbie Gold, an East Isles resident and board member leading the effort.

    The weekly market would span at least one block between Hennepin and Humboldt, with the possibility of expanding to a second block if needed. Target market dates are mid-June through September.

    Read more in Southwest Journal 

    Downtown's new places could mean lots of empty spaces 

    Downtown Minneapolis has the highest office vacancy rate in the Twin Cities. So why are developers adding 2 million more square feet?

    Read more in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

    Bassett Creek area revamp getting close to first step — a $45M mixed-use project 

    Wellington Management and Artspace are getting close to beginning the first phase of long-term vision to reinvent the Bassett Creek area just west of downtown Minneapolis.

    Read more in Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

    Minneapolis Downtown Council explores pop-ups pilot for vacant retail space 

    With the lights turned off and production posters gone, it was easy to imagine the empty former community theater as a blank commercial canvas.

    Dan Collison looked around the vacant space in the City Center building in Minneapolis with an eye for what it could become. “This is a sweet place,” he said.

    Collison, director of downtown partnerships for the Minneapolis Downtown Council, wants to start a pilot program to open “pop-up” temporary stores in vacant spaces that dot the city’s core.

    The initiative, which is still in its early stages, would mostly focus on businesses run by people of color, women and others. Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management are in the middle of a feasibility study of the idea. Earlier this month, Collison invited a group of downtown advocates and business people to discuss the potential program.

    Read more in StarTribune

    PPL digs into $9 million redo of Franklin Theater 

    From silent movies to art exhibits, the Franklin Theater has housed a wide range of culture and entertainment in its 102-year history. This fall, Project for Pride in Living will raise the curtain on yet another act: employment training.

    The building, at 1021 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, is undergoing a $9 million renovation that will gut the interior and create 16,000 square feet of employment training space. The training programs will prepare people for entry-level jobs in banking, health care and other fields. PPL develops affordable housing and provides other services to assist low-income people.

    Read more in Finance & Commerce

    Solar panels generate a buzz at Coffee Shop Northeast 

    Unless you’re flying through the skies of Northeast Minneapolis, you won’t see the latest addition to the Coffee Shop Northeast.

    The café at 29th & Johnson in Audubon Park cut the ribbon Tuesday on new solar panels on its roof. Not only do the panels produce the equivalent of about 25–35 percent of the shop’s energy needs, they double as an aerial landmark, spelling out “NE.”

    Read more in The Journal