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

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July 2021

City and Partners Offer No-cost Training

Looking to train for a new career? The City of Minneapolis and its partners are offering three accelerated, no-cost trainings for adults age 18 and over. Trainings are enrolling now and space is limited!

Pharmacy Technician training hosted by Project for Pride in Living
July 12 – October 14 | Online training three evenings per week. Training includes a paid internship at a local pharmacy.
Find out more information and how to apply

IT Core Skills hosted by Goodwill Easter Seals of Minnesota
July 12 – October 1 | Online training Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Find out more or apply

Barriers to Entry (B2E) Tech Training hosted by York Solutions
The B2E Technical Training is a paid training program where you will learn how to develop code. You don’t have to have any previous experience in technology to be successful in this program. This program is a virtual, full time (M-F) commitment with the option to go to evening support sessions for questions and additional instruction. York will provide you with the equipment you need to complete the training and we will pay to go through the training! Once you have successfully finished the training, you will get a job with one of York’s clients in an entry level technology position. York will continue to support to ensure you continue to grow and develop in your role. 
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City Council Approves Minneapolis Homes: Financing Projects totaling $13.7M

A Minneapolis Homes Program home (exterior)

On July 2, 2021, the City Council approved $13.7M of financing for Minneapolis Homes programs, including support of $4.9M from American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding sources.

City Council approved $8.8M for Minneapolis Homes: Financing Projects 

  • 36 projects from 13 developers, 3 new to Minneapolis Homes: Financing (MHF).
  • 62 ownership housing units.
    • 35 affordable to households below 60% of Area Median Income (AMI);
    • 27 affordable below 80% AMI.
    • Half are designed to ensure affordability in perpetuity.
    • 20 units will be ultra-efficient homes, with 13 designed to a passive standard and 7 designed to a net zero standard.

An additional $4.9M of ARP financing will be allocated through:

  • 628 E Franklin: $2.4 million a blighted building that has been vacant since 2000 and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places will be rehabilitated as 7 units of perpetually affordable housing to households between 41-60% AMI.
  • Stabilization: funding an average of $70,000 of acquisition and rehabilitation funding to households at risk of displacement to serve 35 households through perpetually affordable housing investments.

Additional Minneapolis Homes ARP funding:

  • Expand homeownership to low-income households: $1,000,000 doubles commitment to the Homeownership Opportunity Minneapolis program and deepens down payment investment to households below 60% AMI to $20,000, contact Neighborworks Home Partners or Build Wealth Minnesota to apply.
  • First mortgage equity loan fund: $500,000 to Build Wealth Minnesota to invest in a first mortgage equity pool that reduces barriers to homeownership through a manual underwriting process
  • Expand homeownership to BIPOC households in Harrison: $550,000 to the 17-unit perpetually affordable ownership Harrison Townhomes development currently intended to serve 61-80% AMI, ARP funds convert five units to 41-60% AMI as part of fundraising strategy to convert entire development to below 60% AMI.
  • Revolving fund for low and moderate income households: $2,000,000 to provide up to $25,000 deferred loans to homeowners with rehabilitation needs, funds will revolve upon repayment.

Step Up Internships Have Started

Step Up summer internships have started! This summer, there are a total of 766 Step Up interns scheduled to work, with another 973 being invited to take part in the online Career Exploration program. Of the 766 internships, 417 are in person, 175 are remote, and 174 are hybrid.

Recognizing the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was the United States government’s first step toward addressing the needs of citizens living with disabilities. The ADA consists of titles that cover a wide range of topics.

  • Title 1 deals with discrimination in the workplace.
  • The goal of Title 2 is eliminating discrimination in the realm of local and state governments.
  • Title 3 addresses discrimination in privately-owned businesses and commercial facilities. 
  • Title 4 established new requirements for digital communications, including closed captioning and guidelines for web accessibility.
  • Title 5 is a blanket section that encompasses conditions and provisions regarding how ADA can be implemented. 

The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990. In recognition of the 31st anniversary of this landmark legislation, the City would like to highlight one of the ways in which the City of Minneapolis helps local businesses comply with Title 3 of the ADA.

The City’s Facade Improvement Matching Grant Program provides City financial assistance for the cost of certain types of improvements to commercial buildings, including “removal of barriers to access the building from outside for people with disabilities.” Many Minneapolis properties and businesses (and their employees and patrons) have benefited from this program. For example, in 2019 the Cardinal Bar (at 2920 E. 38th Street) was awarded a $5,000 façade grant to help pay for the installation of an automatic door. Chicago Lake Liquors (at 825 Lake Street) recently received a $4,400 grant for that same purpose. The Urban Forage Winery (at 3016 Lake Street) used $3850 in façade grant funding to cover a portion of the cost of exterior elevator doors that enable disabled customers to go directly from the sidewalk to any of that building’s three levels. Hennepin Made (144 Glenwood Avenue), a studio that creates handmade glass lighting, paid for a portion of the cost of a new exterior accessibility ramp with City façade grant funding.


Twin Cities Vintage Fest
Saturday, July 10 | 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Familia Headquarters Indoor Skatepark & Shop
835 East Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Twin Cities Vintage Fest is BACK to keep your summer filled with 80’s and 90’s style and nostalgia. Featuring a curated collection of over 40 vintage vendors selling men's & women's clothing, video games, memorabilia, toys, and more there is a little something for everyone. Step back in time at the vintage video game station, fuel up with nosh's from the food trucks, enjoy throwback tunes from the live DJ and take pics at our nostalgic photo-ops.
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Global Art Pop-Up at Midtown Global Market
Saturday, July 17 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Midtown Global Market will celebrate the work of eight local artists with artwork displays, live music, a book signing and prize giveaways.
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Twin Cities Pride Festival
Saturday July 17 – Sunday, July 18 | 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Loring Park

The 49th annual Twin Cities Pride Festival will feature local BIPOC and LGBTQ+ vendors, food courts, a beer garden, and music stages. The Twin Cities Pride Festival is a celebration of the LGBTQ+ Community. All LGBTQ+ people and allies are welcome!
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Twin Cities Carifest 2021
Saturday, July 24 | 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
West River Road (between Plymouth Ave. & Broadway Ave.)

The mission of Carifest is to strengthen and to educate the greater community at large about Caribbean culture and current issues impacting countries in the Caribbean through the organization of cultural events. They strive to create a unified and culturally rooted Caribbean community within the Twin Cities while promoting philanthropy among local businesses. 
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In the News

Commerce, opportunity, hope must trump violence on North Side
Read in the Star Tribune

Sioux Chef Sean Sherman's new Minneapolis restaurant Owamni will blend the past and future
Read in the Star Tribune

Ex-Cheerios flour plant in northeast Minneapolis to be redeveloped into $16 million office complex
Read in the Star Tribune

U.S. Olympic trials pool headed for proposed north Minneapolis aquatic center
Read in the Star Tribune

Efficiency upgrade rebates help damaged Minneapolis businesses reopen
Read in Energy News Network

Lizzo backs three Black community-boosting Minneapolis organizations for Juneteenth
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

‘Spaces #OnNicollet’ project aims to animate vacant storefronts
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Minneapolis Mayor Frey proposes $37M from American Rescue Plan for small businesses
Read in Kare11

Redesign saves Coliseum from wrecking ball
Read in the Messenger

Minneapolis Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Pillsbury United offer grants to Twin Cities small businesses
Read in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal

Minneapolis minimum wage set to increase in July
Read the Minnesota Daily

Minneapolis-based Meda expanding along with its clients
Read in the Star Tribune

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