Promise Zone Updates

City of Minneapolis and Promise Zone

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August 2, 2018

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In this edition of Minneapolis Promise Zone Updates:

  • Watch Northside Storyville's Latest Episode
  • Upper Harbor Terminal Draft Redevelopment Plan Ready for Input
  • Apply for the 2018 Minnesota Tekne Awards 
  • It's too Soon to Declare Vicotry in the War on Poverty
  • News and Events 
  • About the Minneapolis Promise Zone

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Watch Northside Storyville's Latest Episode

Northside Storyville Episode 7 Charles + Kenneth Caldwell

Today we release episode 7 of Northside Storyville featuring Charles and Kenneth Caldwell - father and son multidisciplinary artists and proud Northsiders.

Charles Caldwell is a veteran artists well-known in North Minneapolis with dozens of paintings canvasing various Northside locations, perhaps his most noticeable work is the “Welcome to North Minneapolis” mural that greets residents and visitors entering the neighborhood via Highway 94. Born in Arkansas, Charles moved to the Northside at a young age and credits that move to his development in the arts. He owns and operates C Caldwell Fine Arts Gallery and Studio, fulfilling his aspiration to create a space in his own neighborhood to celebrate, empower and inspire others to create and appreciate art.

Watch Full Episode Here

Upper Harbor Terminal Draft Redevelopment Plan Ready for Input

During the last several years the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and selected Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) development team did extensive community outreach to gather input from the community as to how they would like to see the UHT site redeveloped. This engagement was followed by several months of work to research practical considerations and explore options. The draft redevelopment concept that has resulted from this process is now ready for more specific community input.

The team wants to hear from you how well the draft plan responds to that earlier input. The initial round of engagement is outlined below, and we look forward to your participation!

Community Input Opportunities.

Wednesday, August 15, 11 am – 1 pm
Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

Thursday, August 166 – 8 pm
Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

Tuesday, August 28,  6 – 8 pm
Park Board headquarters, 2117 W. River Road N.

Saturday, September 8 (hosted by Councilman Phillipe Cunningham) 11 am – 1 pm
North Market, 4414 Humboldt Ave. N, Community Room

All of these meetings will include a presentation of the draft plan followed by time for Q & A and discussion. All of the meetings are open to the public and families are welcome. Refreshments will be provided.

Informational materials and an on-line survey will be posted on the project website after the initial meetings.

Staff also will be on hand for scheduled open hour discussions and at various community events. Watch the website and for future announcements as plans for these additional opportunities are firmed up.

Apply for the 2018 Minnesota Tekne Awards

Applications Due: Aug. 10, 2018

The Minnesota High Tech Association invites innovators from across the state to apply for the prestigious Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Awards.

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, August 10, 2018.

Info, online application, and tips to apply:

The Tekne Awards finalists will be announced at a ceremony on Nov. 29 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. 

Since 1997, the Tekne Awards have recognized cutting-edge leaders in the state's science and technology fields. The 2018 Tekne Awards are accepting applications in 15 categories, from newly emerging areas, such as companies innovating in 4.0 concepts of advanced manufacturing and biotechnology gene therapies, to long-standing categories for innovations in software and STEM workforce development. 

It's too Soon to Declare Victory in the War on Poverty 

Earlier this month, the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) declared that the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 is “largely over and a success.” Although it is premature to declare an outright and absolute victory, it’s great that policymakers at the highest level of government recognize that our social safety net programs are working.

But if we are to continue to reduce hardship and promote mobility from poverty through access to good jobs, work and other means, we have to understand the nature of poverty today. It's important that we draw the right lessons from the past so we don’t underestimate our current challenges and cede our hard-won progress in the War on Poverty. 

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29th Annual Family Day
Sat, August 11, 12-6 p.m. 
Minneapolis Urban League 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis

Actualizing Equity: The Geography of Wellness 
Mon, August 13, 12-1:30 p.m. 
Hope Community, 611 E Franklin Ave,, Minneapolis 

Neighborhood Hub/s 6th Annual Healthy Homes Resource Fair 
Thurs, August 16, 5-8 p.m. 
The Neighborhood Hub, 3120 Washburn Ave. N., Minneapolis 

Thinking About Business Workshop
Sat, August 18, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. 
NEON, 1007 W. Broadway Ave., Minneapolis

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