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

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February 2021

Applications are Open for the 2021 Step Up Program

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With 18 years of experience and unparalleled access to thousands of talented Minneapolis youth, Step Up connects more young people to jobs in our city than any other program. In a typical year, Step Up trains and places 1,400 youth in paid internships with over 200 employers in 15 industries. During COVID-19, Step Up served over 1,200 young people via traditional remote and hybrid internships, as well as paid online training. With this new year, Step Up is continuing its remote and hybrid internships, as well as the paid online training program. Watch the Step Up 2021 recruitment video to learn more.

Host a Step Up Intern! Step Up is accepting pledges now.

Have additional questions? Please reach out to Nina Robertson:

Calls for Public Artists

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The 2021 Project
The vision of the 2021 Project is to bring artists and City staff together early in the planning stages of public spaces to select more integrated, community-responsive public art sites. These artists will recommend public art sites and projects within the City’s Capital Improvement Program, a six-year plan for the construction and renovation of City buildings, parks and infrastructure. They will work collaboratively with Public Works, Property Services and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and dig into their capital improvement projects, engage relevant communities, and prioritize sites for public art funding, bringing them before a Public Art Advisory Panel for approval for future public art projects.

Call will be posted on February 8 on the website.
Artist Informational Meeting: Monday, February 22, 4:00 p.m.
Application deadline: Monday, March 8, 4:00 p.m.

Downtown Hennepin Avenue
Artists are invited to apply to design and create public art for the reconstruction of downtown Hennepin Avenue. The reconstructed Hennepin Avenue will accommodate all modes of travel, with design improvements for public transit and pedestrians, enhancing service and activities. Reconstruction will occur between 12th Street and Washington Avenue. The selected artist or artist team will collaborate with the design team and community to create public artworks for the newly reconstructed public realm.

Call will be posted on February 22 on the website
Artist Informational Meeting: March 4, 4:00 p.m.
Application deadline: Friday March 26, 4:00 p.m.

City Planning Commission Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

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City Planning Commission 1921-2021. Minneapolis Tribune headline from July 22, 1921.

This year, the Minneapolis City Planning Commission (CPC) turned 100. A Minneapolis Tribune headline on July 22, 1921, stated: “City Planning Commission Faces First Official Duty.” The CPC generally plays a critical role in shaping the city’s growth. The commission holds public hearings twice a month and is charged with making decisions regarding applications for land use reviews, including site plan review, conditional use permits, changes or expansions of a nonconforming use, variances, and land subdivisions. In addition, the CPC makes recommendations to the City council on proposed rezoning, street and alley vacations, public land sales, zoning code text amendments, and amendments to the comprehensive plan. Stay tuned for a virtual celebration!

Partner Spotlight:

Urban League Twin Cities Named Adult Programs Partner of 2020

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Located in the heart of north Minneapolis, Urban League Twin Cities (ULTC) is a trusted community resource and a valued partner of Minneapolis Employment and Training. The COVID-19 health crisis did not stop ULTC from serving job seekers in the Minneapolis Works program. Innovative efforts to provide quality and relevant services during COVID included:

  • REAL TALK: a monthly town hall discussion on Zoom that deals with issues and topics pertinent to African-Americans. REAL TALK, hosted by ULTC president and CEO Steven Belton, is presented on the first Friday of each month.
  • VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: This event is held the second Tuesday of every month on Zoom. month. It’s hosted by ULTC’s Work Force Development team and brings 4-5 employers on each month to highlight immediate job opportunities at their companies. Job seekers hear live presentations and can the employers questions directly.
  • JOB TRAINING: ULTC continued to provide training programs by implementing safety protocols and shifting to virtual offerings where possible. Trainings included Information Technology, Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and Fork Lift.

During 2020, ULTC provided career services that helped 33 job seekers find full-time employment with an average hiring wage of $16.34.

Accepting Nominations for the Minneapolis Preservation Awards through Feb. 8

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Nominations for the 2021 Minneapolis Preservation Awards – which recognizes the best work in historic preservation, restoration, adaptive re-use and many other outstanding preservation projects – are being accepted through Monday, February 8. Learn more

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is Accepting Applications for Home Improvement Projects

Rebuilding Together Twin Cities is accepting applications for a variety of home improvement projects for low income residents. If you are interested in applying for no cost home repairs or Safe at Home modifications, please review eligibility criteria and complete an application. For questions, visit their website or call 651-776-4273.


Business Structure Basics for Artists
Saturday, February 13 | 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

An attorney from Springboard’s Minnesota Lawyers for the Arts (MnLA) program will cover business models from LLC’s to 501(c)3’s, including information on how to prepare, and benefits and risks. Collaborator: Springboard for the Arts. Funded by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Hosted by Springboard for the Arts on Zoom. The link to the live online discussion will be emailed to registrants in advance.

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Women Venture Entrepreneurship Information Session
Wednesday, February 17 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Come learn about the programs WomenVenture offers at a free information session: A valuable coupon for WomenVenture's Getting Ready class is provided to every attendee at the Entrepreneurship Information Sessions. (Information Session attendance is required prior to Getting Ready class enrollment in order to receive the coupon and discount).

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Minneapolis Preservation Awards Celebration
Thursday, March 18 | 5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Join the virtual 2021 Minneapolis Preservation Awards on Thursday, March 18 at 5:45 p.m. Celebrate the historic places throughout Minneapolis that enhance our unique identity, quality of life, and economic vitality.

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New/Expanding Businesses




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In the News

Malcolm Yards Food Hall Aims for Spring 2021 Opening
Read in Mpls St. Paul Magazine

Minneapolis Saw $1.8B In 2020 Building Permits
Read in Twin Cities Business

Minneapolis-based Code42 adding employees again, eyes stock offering within two years
Read in the Star Tribune

Read in The Development Tracker

Long-time North Minneapolis clinic to open in new location
Read in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

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