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June 2018

Connecting the Dots: Unearth a New Adventure with Destination Northeast

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Destination Northeast is an initiative launched by the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber that utilizes digital and on-line tools to help connect visitors and residents to the experiences Northeast Minneapolis has to offer. This unique approach helps bring attention to local businesses and introduces people to some of the many adventures and experiences.

There is always something to explore in this unique part of the city: restaurants, art galleries, breweries, performance spaces, distilleries, and much more. Destination Northeast is an experience specific website and mobile app with mapping capabilities which can assist people on their Northeast adventures, helping them connect the dots.

Destination Northeast is made possible with grant funding provided by the City of Minneapolis Great Streets Neighborhood Business District Program and in partnership with the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber.  

Ground is Broken for Minnehaha Townhomes

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The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA) is set to develop the Minnehaha Townhomes. The homes will be a 16-unit development with four units in four different buildings. This will provide permanent housing for families exiting Hennepin County homeless shelters. Each unit will vary in size (two, three or four bedrooms), which will assist with housing larger, low-income families. The homes offer on-site social services as well.

These innovative homes will be built at 5348 Riverview Road in the Minnehaha neighborhood, located just a quarter mile away from the Metro Transit light rail. There are many features with these homes: a community garden, a children’s play area, and an outdoor patio. There are also connections to city sidewalks and trail systems.

The groundbreaking for this development project was held on Tuesday, May 29. The City assembled the land and wrote the sale price down to $1 (from an estimated market value of $355,000). The City also contributed $1.04 million from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (AHTF) and the Family Housing Improvement Fund (FHIF). 

photo: Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Member Andrew Johnson, CPED Housing Director Andrea Brennan joined with MPHA, state, county, and Congressional leaders. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

New Program Offers Interest-Free Loans for Startup Businesses

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Minnesota Innovation Loans for Entrepreneurs (MILE) is a pilot program designed to assist early-stage businesses that are developing high-tech products or services in Minnesota. MILE will provide these types of businesses with interest-free loans ranging from $20,000 to $50,000, with no payments required in the first year. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is accepting loan applications through July 16, 2018.

For more information about requirements and eligibility of MILE, visit here

STEP-UP Interns Start Work

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You may notice an influx of motivated and professionally dressed young people around City buildings this month. That’s because nearly 1,700 work-ready Minneapolis youth will begin their STEP-UP internships on June 18th – 65 are with the City of Minneapolis in various departments. These young people are the future of our city. 

STEP-UP is more than a job; it’s a way forward. In its 15th year, STEP-UP builds a springboard to connect youth to the people and places that will get them where they want to be. STEP-UP provides a chance for young people to be daring, explore careers and create a vision for the future alongside professional mentors who can guide them. Interns get their first job, and then a second. They gain real-world knowledge, broaden their networks and get a foot in the door at life-changing careers. STEP-UP bolsters resumes and launches careers, but more importantly, it expands horizons. These are the workers of tomorrow; the talent who will power our region; the young people who reflect the global fluency of our communities.

photo: STEP-UP intern learns interviewing tips through Mock Interviews. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Taking Care of the City's Public Art

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Art conservators at work: inspecting Father of Waters in City Hall (left); repatinating Disc Lights (right) - part of Luminous at the 46th Street Station along the Blue Line in front of Venn Brewing. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

Every spring the City of Minneapolis sends out highly trained art conservators to evaluate all of the 300 individual art installations making up the 70 artworks in the City’s Public Art Collection. Many of these live outside and withstand Minnesota’s unforgiving weather. Each artwork also has its own set of risks to deal with ranging from heavy winter salting, car crashes, graffiti, gum, and more. 

In 2001, the City approved policies to minimize damage and keep artworks in tip top shape. After thoroughly inspecting the collection, conservators provide recommendations to treat damages or graffiti and to further protect the art in the future. These recommendations range from re-painting, polishing, removing rust, and adding protective wax coatings. The recommendations are then reviewed by the Public Art Advisory Panel and the Arts Commission which approve an annual maintenance program for the collection.

If you discover vandalism or damage to a public artwork please report it by calling 311 or using the 311 phone app. To learn which artworks are near you, visit this link.

Minneapolis Employment and Training Featured in National Policy Brief

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The US Department of Health and Human Services/Administration for Children and Families included this report in a national publication that highlights best practices. The City of Minneapolis served as a connection project site and is featured in this policy brief:  Systems Work Better Together: Strengthening Public Workforce & Homeless Service Systems Collaboration.

The Policy Brief from Heartland Alliance focuses on collaborations between the workforce system and homeless services system to best meet the needs of individuals who are homeless or unstably housed who access the workforce system. Drawing from in-depth interviews with public workforce and homeless service systems, leaders and the work of five national connections project sites, this paper identifies common barriers to public workforce and homeless service systems collaboration. It also recommends how to address these barriers in order to help ensure that homeless and unstably housed jobseekers can access economic opportunity and stable housing.

See report >> here.

June is National Healthy Homes Month

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National Healthy Homes Month reminds people to check their homes for potential health hazards and make their homes the healthiest possible for their families. Here are the seven steps to a healthy home. Minneapolis offers resources to help residents take action on making their homes healthier:

  • Free soil testing for lead. 
  • Free events testing children under 6 for lead exposure.
  • Grants to assist residential child care providers with health and safety needs such as lead abatement, insulation, concrete work and radon mitigation.
  • Grants to identify and remove lead-based paint hazards in homes where children under the age of 6 live or regularly visit. Other health and safety improvements include radon mitigation and pest management.
  • Discounted or free home energy audits and free home energy products create more stable temperatures in your home.

For more information on National Healthy Homes Month 2018, visit here.


Open Streets Lyndale

Sunday, June 10, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Lyndale Ave S from 
22nd St W to 54th St W

Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis turned more than 28 streets into car-free, public spaces for a weekend afternoon. An estimated 5,000 people attended the first Open Streets Minneapolis event, revisioning the Lyndale Avenue as a space for walking, biking, community building, and play.

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Summer Walking Tours

To view all tours, click here

Learn about the city with Preserve Minneapolis. The popular tours of Minneapolis neighborhoods and architecture shed new light on the city’s history, culture, and urban design, from the biggest landmarks to little-known streets and districts. 

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Make on Lake

Monday, June 25, 2018
8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
El Nuevo Miramar (501 E Lake St)

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Lake Street & Hiawatha Ave Underpass

The Lake Street Councilwith the support of the McKnight FoundationTwin Cities LISC, City of Minneapolis Great Streets, and GoodSpace Murals, is undertaking a creative placemaking initiative to develop relationships between local artists and Lake Street businesses and produce a coordinated public artwork series.

There are 15 public art projects selected to be part of the initiative. The projects will include permanent and temporary visual, performance, and sculptural art installations intended to draw residents and visitors to Lake Street in new and exciting ways. Follow along all summer on the Facebook Page.

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New/Expanding Businesses


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In the News

Gavin Kaysen named Best Chef Midwest by James Beard Foundation
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Redfin Report: Minneapolis, Portland and Chicago are the Most Bikeable Cities of 2018
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Peavey Plaza’s $10M Upgrade is Underway in Downtown Minneapolis
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Showcasing the Lyn-Lake district
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Minneapolis wins more big-time praise as a vacation destination
Read in the StarTribune

Sweet Chow looks to crowdfunding to support bike delivery
Read in The Journal

Minneapolis is the 4th most vegan-friendly city in America, says PETA
Read in City Pages

North Minneapolis riverfront gets $15 million for redevelopment
Read in the StarTribune

Minneapolis has nation’s best park system 6 years running, study says
Read in the Southwest Journal

Industrial buildings inside cities find new demand from e-commerce distributors
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