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

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August 2020

Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Program Changes

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The City is planning changes to its Owner Occupied Rehab Programs and is asking for your feedback. Key highlights from our draft recommendations include:

  • Creating a universal application process that serves households more quickly.
  • Focusing City investments on low- and moderate-income households.
  • Leveraging State dollars to increase funding available to eligible households.
  • Expanding our reach into communities through culturally competent, neighborhood-based intake centers.

How you can help:

We have published an online video summarizing our draft recommendations and a public survey is open to the public for feedback. Join the public feedback session on Tuesday, August 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at North Regional Library, Room 205 (1315 Lowry Avenue North Minneapolis, MN 55411).

Start your Technology Career with CompTIA Tech

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At CompTIA Tech Career Academy, they train students with little-to-no information technology experience and give one the technical and soft skills needed to launch their career.

What to expect:

  • Training 
  • Certification
  • Career Services (not only do they train and help you get certified, they also assist in your job search)

Financial aid:
Grants to cover as much as the full tuition are available to qualifying students. Low-interest-rate student loans are also available.

Course information:
The city campus-based classes are full-time for 8 weeks, Monday-Friday. The Online Campus classes are part-time for 16 weeks, Monday-Friday.

Learn more and apply

Frey, Carter issue new masking guidance amid delta variant spread and COVID-19 case increases in Twin Cities

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued new masking guidance for indoor space in the Twin Cities along with requirements for the local governments’ staff and City-owned buildings. As data continues to emerge demonstrating the Delta variant’s heightened rate of transmission among both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents, the mayors are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and encouraging everyone to resume masking when indoors and requiring masks for those in City-owned buildings and City staff.

Recent guidance from the CDC recommends fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with “substantial” (50-100 cases per 100,000) or “high” (100+ cases per 100,000) transmission of COVID-19. As of Friday, July 30, Minneapolis was experiencing a 7-day case rate of 78.6 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people – meaning the city is within the “substantial” transmission category – and health experts expect this number to rise.

Minneapolis Health Department Officials and City leaders will revisit this recommendation in the coming weeks as they continue to monitor transmission rates, hospitalizations, deaths, and increasing vaccination rates in the city and throughout the region.

Businesses are urged to adopt universal masking requirements for customers entering indoor areas of their businesses to provide better protection to their employees and customers. Also in accordance with CDC guidelines, restaurants and bar owners are encouraged to follow CDC’s guiding principles for promoting behaviors that reduce virus spread, maintaining healthy environments and operations, and preparing for when an employee gets sick. 

Both mayors are exploring options regarding a vaccine requirement for City employees.

Find the Minneapolis emergency regulation on the City of Minneapolis website

Partner Spotlight:

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Project for Pride in Living (PPL) has been doing job training and employment support for over 25 years and is a proud partner of Minneapolis Employment and Training. PPL is at the forefront of connecting candidates and employers in the ever changing social and economic climate. In the last year, PPL has seen more employers look for ways to actively engage with racial justice and inclusion, specifically related to employment. PPL, with its connection to job seekers with a wide variety of skills and experiences, is working with these employers to facilitate more opportunities for job seekers and businesses alike.  

Currently, PPL offers no-cost career training in the following areas. A virtual information session about upcoming trainings is held on Zoom every Monday at 10:00 a.m.

  • Building Operations Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Banking
  • Office Support

In addition to training, PPL provides job seekers with computer lab access, career coaching, and access to free professional clothing.

Container Home

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The first home made from shipping containers has been built through investments from the Minneapolis Homes program. A new developer, Paragon Homes, completed the home which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. It will be sold to a household with an income at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI).

Stay Tuned for Step Up End of Summer Celebration Video

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Stay tuned for Step Up’s End of Summer Celebration video highlighting their summer programming, hearing from youth & champions, as well as showing their gratitude to all of the Youth Participants, Employers, and Supervisors! The video will be out near the end of August and shared through the Step Up Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram social media channels.


North Minneapolis Neighborhood Ramble
Saturday, August 7 | 1:00 p.m.
La Doña Cervecería
241 Fremont Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Join The North Minneapolis Rotary by bike, foot, or car on a history tour of North Minneapolis while visiting three unique local breweries.

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Minneapolis Vintage Market
Sunday, August 22 | 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Dogwood Coffee Northeast & Roastery
1209 Tyler Street Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Minneapolis Vintage Market is back every month! For the August market, they are returning to Northeast Minneapolis to Dogwood Coffee Co. Find 40 of Minnesota's best vintage clothing, accessories and home goods vendors all in one spot. Plus they will have coffee, beer and wine available for purchase, food trucks, and DJ Buster Baxter spinning tunes.

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NEON Business Workshops
Dates/times vary

Take advantage of NEON's free training and workshops designed to navigate entrepreneurs through the ins and outs of business ownership. No matter your starting point, Business Advisors work with you to assess your business ideas and help you create a business plan. In light of the pandemic, NEON's workshops are being held virtually via Zoom until further notice. Please register on Eventbrite beforehand to receive the link.

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Women Venture Entrepreneurship Information Session
Dates/times vary

WomenVenture offers a variety of programs and services for those planning to start or expand a for-profit business. Join a free virtual information session to find out more!

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Elevate Business HC
Get started by contacting any of the listed organizations and let them know you are interested in participating in Elevate Business HC.

Businesses in Hennepin County are eligible to receive free business advising and consulting services through Elevate Business HC, a new initiative offering no-cost business advising and other resources to help businesses recover from the pandemic and build for future growth.

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Black Business Spotlight: Life Juices
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Black Business Spotlight: Roseline’s Candles
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Black Business Spotlight: Soul to Soul Smokehouse
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Redesign saves Coliseum from wrecking ball
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Downtown's historic Butler Square completes a yearlong update
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True North Collaborative in Uptown offers pop-up space for small businesses, café
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