Growing Minneapolis June: News and Information from the City of Minneapolis department of community planning and economic development

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June 2020

Remember to Wear Masks or Face Coverings while in Indoor Public Places

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Medical research has indicated that COVID-19 may have a high rate of transmission through respiratory droplets, particularly while indoors, and that wearing a mask can help reduce the risk of community spread. Research has also shown that people who don’t show signs of the virus can still spread it without knowing they have it.

Businesses will not be required to provide masks to customers or employees themselves, though employers shall be required to mandate the use of masks by their staff.
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Assisting Unemployed Workers

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Source: CareerForce

The Dislocated Worker Program offers free career planning and job search services to workers that lose their job through no fault of their own. Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Minneapolis Employment and Training Dislocated Worker programs have continued to serve people in need. Employment counselors are engaging with customers through email, phone calls, video and text. People are being connected to Dislocated Worker services through and

The majority of currently enrolled people in training have been able to access classes online and for those that are looking for work, the City continues to help with job search activities such as resume review and interview skills coaching. Service providers are expecting to see a large influx of people requesting dislocated worker services around the end of July when the $600 Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program ends. If you know of someone who has been laid off due to no fault of their own, they can also call: 651-539-4421 or 952-417-2108 to be connected to a program counselor.

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Step Up Gears Up for Summer

The Step Up program is still planning another wonderful summer of experiences for Minneapolis youth. Step Up continues to plan for and adjust the Step Up summer model as we adapt to the changing work environment and social distancing guidelines. Summer opportunities will include some internships and paid virtual professional development training.

Virtual Job Fairs

The metro workforce development areas have joined together to adapt in-person career and resource fairs to virtual formats, providing career seekers with on-line job connection opportunities. A newly-formed Virtual Services – Employer Response team delivered over 15 events since mid-April, including Employer of the Day spotlights, information sessions, meet-and-greets and career fairs. Audiences as large as 400 have attended a single event, and more than 1,500 individuals have participated. High-growth industry sectors and essential worker needs are being prioritized, with recent events focused on Information Technology careers, Senior and Long-Term Care providers, and Food Production and Distribution workers. For more information, visit Virtual Services (available at no cost to employers) or contact

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Join the Virtual Health Care Career Event

Minneapolis/St. Paul health care providers are in critical need of your essential skills. The June 17 Virtual Health Care Career Event, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. will provide an opportunity to learn about the types of positions and skills that are needed now in health care.

Guests will hear from six employers, including Catholic Eldercare, Thomas Allen, ACR Homes and more. From 1-2 p.m., company representatives will highlight their talent needs, introduce career seekers to their hiring processes and field questions and answers. From 2-3 p.m., employers will host live conversations to help you plan your next steps.

All those interested in beginning or continuing a rewarding career in health care are encouraged to attend. The event is sponsored by Hennepin County, the City of Minneapolis and CareerForce. Register

Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center Continues to Engage the Community

The Cedar Riverside Opportunity Center (CROC) is a one-stop shop for educational and workforce resources with the goal of reducing unemployment and increase educational attainment in the neighborhood. CROC is a partnership of EMERGE, Hennepin County Workforce Development, Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis College and the City of Minneapolis Employment and Training.

Despite the center closing its physical doors during the Covid 19 Pandemic, services have not stopped.

  • CROC, in collaboration with SoftSol Consulting Inc, is offering online mentoring, training and helping recent graduates in the Engineering and IT sector.
  • The Hennepin County Library is working with the Cedar Youth Alliance to launch a website listing summer activities for the youth.
  • The library is collaborating with Zak Abukar, a local social media entrepreneur, to mentor teens and offer a virtual entrepreneurship workshop series.
  • EMERGE continues to offer virtual one-on-one job coaching and job placement assistance.  
  • EMERGE is also offering training programs in the fields of CDL Trucking, Healthcare, and Construction.

Health Hire Update

While hiring at hospitals is still slow, long-term care facilities are in desperate need of support and Health Hire graduates are actively seeking work. Health Hire partnered with Minneapolis to launch of series of Transitions to Healthcare seminars to help dislocated workers find local healthcare opportunities. Healthcare Heroes is a regional collaboration to streamline the hiring process for Older Adult Service employers. Health Hire has expanded to include seven organizations with nine training programs planned for 2020. More information

In the News

Minnesota chef Ann Kim on her Martha Stewart Living cameo and a possible Young Joni frozen pizza
Read in the Star Tribune

North Minneapolis is building a super-rad, basketball-themed community garden
Read in City Pages

Baker's Field Flour & Bread donates 'Neighbor Loaves' to secure a local grain supply chain
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

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