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

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September 2018

Share your Feedback through Online Survey

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Aerial view of the Upper Harbor Terminal located in North Minneapolis. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

We need your feedback on the Upper Harbor Terminal Redevelopment Concept Plan. Take the survey to share your comments. The draft concept plan allocates 48 acres to park, public amenities, street right of way and vehicular/pedestrian circulation, and development parcels. More information about the Upper Harbor Terminal site and the draft concept plan can be found here.

Minneapolis Owner Occupied Home Improvement Programs are Now Live

City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) is currently offering Minnesota Housing’s home improvement programs in addition to other City programs. With the lending infrastructure in place, CPED’s first loan has closed with many more in the pipeline to close in the days ahead.

Due to tremendous need and high demand, some programs serving low-income households have a waiting list. Presently, approximately 80 households from the waiting list remain to be served. While homeowners wait every effort is made to connect them with community resources that may assist their immediate needs.

Program activity is ramping up as a summary of programs and links to applications are now available on the website. For more information, contact Jenny Camacho-Schalo, Residential Loan Administrator at 612-673-5174.

Call for Artists

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Rendering of the Samatar Crossing, a new pedestrian and bike path linking West Bank to Downtown. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)

The City of Minneapolis Art in Public Places program is pleased to invite artists of all disciplines to apply to collaboratively design and create new public artworks at Samatar Crossing, a new pedestrian and bike path linking the West Bank to Downtown.

Samatar Crossing is named in honor of the late Hussein Samatar, who became the first Somali immigrant elected to public office in Minnesota when he was elected the Minneapolis School Board in 2010. Samatar spent his life making connections between immigrant communities—especially the Somali community—and this bridge serves as a reminder of his work.

Up to three artists will be selected to design artworks with support from City staff and contractors. Artists of any artistic discipline are invited to apply. Artists do not need previous public art experience.  

Informational Session for Artists: September 18, 3–6 p.m. at the Brian Coyle Community Center.

Pop-Up Resource CenterOctober 2, 3–6 p.m. at the Mixed Blood Theater.

Deadline to Apply: October 10 at 4 p.m. 

Learn more about the Samatar Crossing Call for Public Artists.

Apply to be a Member of the New Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Housing

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The City is accepting applications for a new 21-member Minneapolis Advisory Committee on Housing. The panel will advise City leaders on all aspects of housing policy. Twelve members of the committee will be resident members and will reflect the diversity of Minneapolis and perspectives from renters, home owners, people who have experienced homelessness, rental property owners, and affordable housing advocates. 

The committee will also include nine representatives from organizations that work on housing issues. These include:

  • Hennepin County Continuum of Care Operating Committee of Heading Home Hennepin
  • Minneapolis Public Schools
  • The Minneapolis Public Housing Authority
  • An organization that provides emergency or overnight shelter services in Minneapolis
  • An organization that advocates for renters
  • A nonprofit community development organization
  • An organization that advocates for rental property owners
  • An organization that supports homeownership and the elimination of racial disparities in homeownership rates
  • An organization that works for equity in housing, including preventing involuntary displacement of low income communities of color

Applications will be due by Wednesday, October 5, 2018. 
Application Instructions: Complete the Application Form (pdf) and the Voluntary Demographic Questionnaire (pdf)Send completed forms here, by fax: 612-673-3812, or to the address below:

City Clerk Appointments
Room 304, 350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1382

In your application, please address the following:

  • Your personal experience with housing issues and challenges AND/OR
  • Your ability to represent and engage with residents affected by the current housing situation 

You can apply on your own behalf, nominate others for consideration, or inform the City Clerk's Office of someone to whom you'd like application materials to be sent. City staff will review applications, with input from Mayor Jacob Frey’s office and the City Council Housing Policy and Development Committee. They will vote on recommended members and then forward on to the full Council. 

Stepping Up to a Brighter Future

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Step Up interns and their family, friends, colleagues and mentors gather in the Guthrie Theater for the 16th Annual End of Summer Celebration. (Source: The City of Minneapolis)


Over the summer 1,500 Minneapolis youth worked in a Step Up internship with over 200 businesses and organizations across the Twin Cities. The 16th Annual End of Summer Celebration was held Thursday, August 16 at the Guthrie Theater to celebrate the interns’ work and contributions. Collectively, the Step Up interns earned more than $3 million in nine weeks. They shared their ideas, learned new skills, and networked within their offices. The two Step Up employers of the year were Minneapolis Public Housing Authority and Graco. Mayor Jacob Frey, co-chairs Jennie Carlson and R.T. Rybak, and Step Up interns themselves spoke at the celebration, expressing their appreciation and support for the program.

Director of Step Up, Anna Peterson, rolled out a new branding initiative which aligns all programming under one name – Step Up. Step Up will no longer use the names Step Up Achieve or Step Up Discover. The program for interns 14-15 years old is now Step Up Level 1 and the program for interns 16-21 years old is now Step Up Level 2 to better communicate the way students can build on their skills and career exposure through the program. Additionally, Step Up is now on, which is a way for Step Up alumni to network with employers and connect with other Step Up alumni.  

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Business Training & Resources

Developing Capability Statements for DBE Construction Businesses
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
8:30 a.m.  11:00 p.m.
Crown Roller Mill Building - Innovation Center
105 5th Ave South

In this session facilitated by Socios Consulting, participants will develop capabilities statements for their construction companies. The session will accept 30 participants; the ideal business has been operating for 3+ years, has 4+ employees, is a CERT or DBE-certified business, and could use help developing marketing materials. The business must be located in the City of Minneapolis. Register today. 

Co-operative Technical Assistant Program (C-TAP)
Co-op Feasibility Training: Thursdays, September 20 - November 8 
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., location TBD

C-TAP provides the basic tools needed to assess a cooperative idea and outlines the appropriate steps to form a cooperative in Minneapolis. The program includes Co-op Feasibility Training and technical assistance for new and existing co-ops (feasibility, retention and expansion). The Co-op Feasibility Training enables participants to complete a Co-op profile, which is a tool used to evaluate the feasibility of a co-op idea and/or to refine the model for cooperatives already in the process of incorporation. The class meets one night per week for eight weeks.  Register today.  

Small Developers Training
Saturday November 3 & November 10, 2018 (must attend both sessions)
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Northeast Recreation Center
1530 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis MN 55413

The City of Minneapolis is hosting a Small Developers Training to promote the development of women and minority-owned real estate developers.  This introductory course will provide participants with basic tools used to consider a real estate development project. The development project must be located in the City of Minneapolis. We can only accept 35 applicants, selection for this program is very competitive so please Register today!

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The services are provided by the City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP).


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Open Streets: West Broadway 

Saturday, September 15, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
West Broadway from Penn Ave N to Lyndale Ave N

Dance, walk, socialize, and play. Enjoy art and live performances. Open Streets West Broadway is hosted locally by the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition. 

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Eat Street Food, Music and Arts Festival 

Saturday, September 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Nicollet Avenue between 25 & 27th Streets

The ultimate celebration of Whittier, highlighting the diverse cultural mix that makes the neighborhood one of the most unique in the city. Live music, performances, international fare, and activities from the neighborhood's many arts and cultural organizations will collectively reflect and celebrate who and what Whittier is at its heart. 

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Love East Lake: Food Tours

Thursday, September 20, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Plaza Mexico
417 East Lake Street

Explore Lake Street restaurants through an intimate tour with tastings. Get to know your local business owners as they share what brought them to Lake Street and possibly even show a couple of their cooking secrets.

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Welcoming Week 

Friday, September 21, 2018
3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Commons 

Join City of Minneapolis leaders, the Minneapolis Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs and Carry-on Homes for a celebration of Minneapolis’ vibrant immigrant and refugee communities as part of Welcoming America’s national Welcome Week. The event will feature music, dance, spoken word, interactive art, voter registration, food trucks and more.

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Open Streets: Nicollet 

Sunday, September 23, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Nicollet Ave from W Lake St to 46th St W

Open Streets Nicollet is hosted locally by the Kingfield and Lyndale Neighborhood Associations.

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Open Streets: University of Minnesota 

Sunday, September 30, 2018
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
14th Ave SE, University Ave SE, and Oak St SE

As always, join the fun with your community. Come to walk, bike, roll, and play. Enjoy and explore community groups and local businesses. 

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1st Annual Co-op Fest + Co-op Bike Tour

Saturday, October 6, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Seward Cafe
2129 E Franklin Avenue 

Join the Co-op Bike Tour with Nice Ride MN from 4 to 5:30 p.m. as you then mosey over to the Co-op Fest with all your local Twin Cities Co-ops! Enjoy free food and drinks. 

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New/Expanding Businesses 


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In the News

Spoon and Stable named one of the most important restaurants of the past 40 years 
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Minneapolis boasts one of the '21 Best Cocktail Bars in the Country' 
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Whittier Farmers Market starts small business coaching 
Read in Southwest Journal

Local developers buy Suburban World for $1.5M 
Read in Finance & Commerce

New real estate business comes to W Broadway 
Read in North News

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