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November 2019

Preserving Affordable Homes: Minneapolis 4d Incentive Program

Collage of homes participation in the 4d Affordable Homes Program

Properties using the Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program. (Source: City of Minneapolis)

The Minneapolis 4d Affordable Housing Incentive Program preserves affordable homes in Minneapolis. The program helps property owners obtain property tax reductions if they agree to keep 20% or more of their rental units affordable for 10 years.


  • 10-year eligibility for 4d property tax rate, which provides a 40% tax rate reduction on qualifying units
  • $100 grant per affordable unit (capped at $1,000)
  • Free or low-cost energy assessments and City cost sharing for energy efficiency improvements and solar energy installations

Owners of multifamily properties with 2 or more units that meet the following criteria are eligible:

  • At least 20% of the rental units in a building are affordable to households making at or below 60% of the Area Median Income
  • Tier 1 or 2 rental license with no rental housing license revocations or outstanding housing orders

Applications can be made online through January 8, 2020. Contact us via email or call 612-673-5055.

City of Minneapolis Computers Find New Life with Minneapolis Residents

Collage of Minneapolis residents receiving computers

A collage of Minneapolis residents receiveing a desktop computer package for $40 and free computer workshop training. (Source: City of Minneapolis and PCs for People)

On October 17, PCs for People collaborated with community partners at 800 West Broadway to provide 150 low-income Minneapolis residents with high-quality, refurbished computers. Each recipient of a computer paid just $40 for a desktop computer package and was able to attend a free computer workshop to prepare them to best use the technology.

PCs for People is a local nonprofit dedicated to digital inclusion by giving access to affordable technology through the reuse of professionally refurbished computers. The computers distributed were donated from the City of Minneapolis and are earmarked for Minneapolis residents.

Access to technology is essential to educational success as well as workforce and community development. A computer and internet connection means a student can do homework, a job seeker can apply for jobs online, an adult with disabilities can be socially connected and gain access health records, and an immigrant can connect to vital resources and stay connected with friends and family back home.

H&B Elevators and Unison Comfort Technologies welcome Minneapolis students on National Manufacturing Day

Mpls youth at Manufacturing Tour

Minneapolis youth explore manufacturing careers at H&B Elevators and Unison Comfort Technologies. (Source: Unison Comfort Technologies)

Seventy-five Minneapolis high school students explored manufacturing careers at H&B Elevators and Unison Comfort Technologies, taking part in national “Manufacturing Day” Friday, October 5. Manufacturing Day tours and activities aim to raise awareness of the outstanding opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide. The students tested their skills at a “Big Ideas” Virtual Welding lab, followed blue prints to assemble scaled models of elevator cabs, toured manufacturing floors and received information on careers available to them upon graduation. According to the National Association of Manufacturing, for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. For every one worker in manufacturing, four people secure employment in the production supply chain, or in the broader economy.

Unison Comfort Technologies is a manufacturer of products and components in the heating, ventilating and air conditioning industry. The company’s high-quality solutions are installed in applications where their customers work, learn, heal and play.  H&B Elevators is a manufacturer of passenger elevators based in north Minneapolis. Their products can be found all around the U.S. and in many parts of the world, including in U.S. Bank Stadium, the Minnesota State Capitol and the Burj Khalifa skyscraper.

Public Art Sculpture will be the Size of about Sixty-one 1970 Volkswagen Beetles

Assembling of tile sculpture

Public art sculpture, Collection Point, by artist Randy Walker.

Collection Point, a public art sculpture created by artist Randy Walker, has been rising at its new location at 26th and University Avenue NE. The work will serve as a gateway to Northeast Minneapolis and the City's new Eastside Storage and Maintenance Facility.

Randy Walker is best known locally for his work titled Return Journey, more commonly known as the Brackett Rocket. With guidance from a Steering Committee of local individuals, Walker engaged with community members and future tenants of the site to learn more about the surrounding neighborhoods – past, present and future. The sculpture consists of a galvanized steel frame that will hold 96 precast concrete recycling container lids. Given that each lid weighs 175 lbs. and the steel frame weighs roughly 20,000 lbs., the footings and foundation walls will be massive. According to the artist, "All together, we're looking at just under 110,000 lbs., or 55 tons, of material. That's about sixty-one 1970 Volkswagen Beetles."

The precast lids will be stenciled with community-created images that were collected during public engagement activities at a variety of locales, including East Side Neighborhood Services, Edison High School the Ecuadorian Consulate, Language Central and Fair State Brewing Cooperative.

The installation of Collection Point will be complete in the Spring of 2020. Discover seven interactive Minneapolis public art tours at on your mobile device.


Minneapolis Launch Party: Veterans in Residence powered by Bunker Labs
Monday, Nov. 11, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
WeWork Lagoon
1330 Lagoon Avenue

WeWork and Bunker Labs is excited to launch the WeWork Veterans In Residence program Powered by Bunker Labs which offers United States military veterans and spouses fully-sponsored work spaces to help entrepreneurs build and grow their businesses. To celebrate, Bunker Labs Minneapolis is hosting a launch party with special guests to introduce the members of their latest Veterans in Residence tribe who will briefly share their entrepreneurial stories.
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Starting a Food Business 101 Classes
Second Wednesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
1007 West Broadway Avenue North

Have you been dreaming of launching your very own food truck? Maybe you've got an incredible secret sauce that you want to make and bottle or you've wondered if you have what it takes to launch a food business and have questions of taking the next step. Attend a series of free workshops - Starting a Food Business 101. At these workshops you will receive the key ingredients needed to start a food business while refining your business model. Connect with other entrepreneurs and tour the Kindred Kitchen commercial kitchen space.
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Women's Entrepreneurship Day Minnesota 2019
Thursday, Nov. 13, 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 3rd Avenue South

Join an inspiring afternoon celebrating Minnesota’s strong and diverse community of female entrepreneurs. Women business owners impact change that inspires, uplifts and fuels the power of innovation to break down barriers and help close inequity gaps. Listen to stirring stories and encouraging perspectives that defy conventional thinking and celebrate the impact of women’s entrepreneurship in our world and in our communities.
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Small Business Saturday at Casket and Holland Arts
Saturday, Nov 30, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Casket Arts Building
681 17th Ave NE

Give great original gifts made by local artists, The Holland Arts & Casket Arts Building are having Small Business Saturday to inspire gift giving ideas.
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Black Friday on Broadway: 2 Day Small Business Shopping Event 
Friday, Nov. 29 at 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 30 at 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Northside Economic Opportunity Network
1007 W Broadway Ave

Join NEON and West Broadway Business & Area Coalition at Black Friday on Broadway - a 2-day shopping experience featuring local shops and businesses. Black Friday on Broadway brings the community together, highlighting and promoting the local small business scene as entrepreneurs showcase and sell products and services.
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