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

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February 2022

Success Starts with Step Up

Step Up youth

Read in the Minnesota Parent about the City’s Step Up program

Share with your network! The Step Up program offers summer internships for youth ages 14 to 21 to build skills, earn money, and explore careers. The program has offered more than 30,000 internships since 2003 and is celebrating its 20th year.

Step Up internships open doors to employers who may not typically hire teens and offers experiences in the corporate sector, government, and nonprofit organizations. Interns ages 14 and 15 are matched with jobs that offer training, support, and work that is geared toward younger workers. Interns ages 16 to 21 build professional skills and test drive careers by working with private sector or government employers.

“For many young people, an internship with Step Up can be a game-changer,” says Step Up Director Tammy Dickinson. “The experience builds confidence and helps them to connect with professionals who become part of their network and can open doors to new experiences for years to come.” 

Step Up Supervisor Q&A

Employers: Pledge to host a Step Up intern this summer! Here is a look into Kelly Stacken’s experience hosting Step Up interns in the past. Kelly is a Communications Specialist with the City of Minneapolis department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED), assisting programs like Step Up with communications. Kelly says hosting Step Up interns has been a huge professional development opportunity for her. Check out this Q&A to see if it's something for you and your organization to host an intern this summer.

  • How many times have you supervised a Step Up intern?
    I have supervised a Step Up intern once (last summer). I’ve mentored two other Step Up interns in summer 2018 and 2019.
  • What kinds of work did the interns do for you?
    I am a Communications Specialist with CPED, so my Step Up interns over the years worked on many communications initiatives, such as:
    • Produced their own Step Up edition internal newsletter
    • Wrote articles for newsletters
    • Designed social media posts
    • Collaborated with other CPED divisions on projects
    • Assisted the Step Up team with social media initiatives
    • Created videos in Adobe Premiere
    • Reviewed analytics of GovDelivery’s/social media posts
  • What kind of resources did Step Up provide to help you plan for intern?
    Step Up provided me with a Supervisor handbook, which was helpful for me. I was able to make sure I was giving the correct guidance and structure for my intern. I watched fun and instructive short videos for what to expect, as well as attended a pre-meeting before the summer intern arrived to answer any questions and go through the handbook. They also provided me and my intern with our own Job Coach, who helped answered questions and provided resources for me to help make the summer internship the best it could be for my intern.
  • How did you schedule your intern? Hours per week, days?
    My intern worked 20-hour weeks, M-Th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • What surprised you the most about your intern(s)?
    All three interns that I have had the privilege to meet and work with were all wonderful people. They surprised me the most with how much they really grasped their work and felt empowered to learn and grow within their internship. They all had growth mindsets, great attitudes, and a unique way of seeing things.
  • What advice would you have for other people who were interested in hosting an intern?
    Be present. This type of experience for youth is amazing and builds up their confidence. Be present and enjoy working with your intern. Not only do they learn a lot from you, but you learn from them too.
  • What was the most rewarding part of having an intern?
    The mentorship and seeing them step out of their comfort zone.

Request for Proposal: Community engagement services for the Former Kmart & New Nicollet Ave project

people engaging with a project

The City of Minneapolis is seeking qualified businesses or organizations to provide community engagement services for the Former Kmart & New Nicollet Ave project. The Informal RFP for Kmart and Nicollet Ave Community Engagement has been posted to the City’s eSupplier portal.

A consultant team will be selected to build upon the project’s Public Engagement Framework to plan, organize, and implement specific engagement activities and events associated with each engagement phase and synthesize learnings from the activities to improve future phases of engagement and realize the project goals. Among other criteria, the consultant team must demonstrate experience in developing a robust engagement plan, engaging diverse stakeholder communities, and building relationships with the cultural communities near the site.

Proposals are due at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3.

Minneapolis lifting regulations requiring COVID-19 vaccinations or negative tests to enter food, drink establishments immediately

Effective immediately, the City of Minneapolis is rescinding emergency regulations requiring people entering food and drink establishments to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. The end of the mandate comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are trending downward.

Case rates in Minneapolis have been dropping rapidly and steadily with a current seven-day new case rate of 499 per 100,000 people and positivity rates below the high-risk threshold. When the emergency regulation went into effect, the seven-day new case rate exceeded 1,300 cases per 100,000 people and positivity rates were increasing rapidly.

The City requirement that masks are worn in most public places will remain in effect.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, ending up in the hospital and even dying. As with vaccines for other diseases, people who are up to date are optimally protected. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 5 years and older get their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines and receive a booster dose when eligible. Use the State’s Vaccine Locator Map to find a vaccine provider near you.

Businesses may continue with their own vaccine or testing requirements.

Lost your job? Need work now?

If you have been laid off (or notified that a layoff is coming) through no fault of your own, we offer services at no cost that focus on preparing you to find a suitable new job.

Our Dislocated Worker Program services are designed to help workers who have been laid off get back to work as quickly as possible through services like:

  • Career planning and counseling
  • Counselor-approved training
  • Job search and placement services
  • Limited funds for support services

You can apply by going to CareerForce and click on the “Change Your Career” option under "For Career Seekers" or contact Leah Temkin from Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis at 952-417-2108, Heidi Stay from Department of Employment & Economic Development at 651-539-4421, or Zonia Holub from CLUES at 612-746-3520.  Or, get a head start by filling out the short interest form.


Mill City Indoor Farmers Markets
Saturdays, February 12 & 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mill City Museum

Mill City Farmers Markets is dedicated to providing a safe and reliable year-round marketplace for small farmers, makers and shoppers. Their winter farmers market is inside Mill City Museum lobby (no ticket required) with 30+ farmers and makers select Saturdays now through April.

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Neighborhood Roots Outdoor Winter Market
Saturday, February 19 | 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4901 Chowen Avenue South
Minneapolis, 55410

Buy, eat and learn about local food. Support local farmers and small businesses!

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Celebrate Black History Month in Minneapolis

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the past, present and future of the Black experience throughout history. In Minneapolis we have many different ways to celebrate and learn about Black culture all month long. From special virtual events and discussions to musical performances, museum exhibits and more, here are some ideas for things to do during Black History Month.

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Expanding Businesses


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In the News

Mural artists asked to apply for Central Avenue project
Read in the Northeaster Newspaper

A pair of North Side nonprofits quietly buys Thor-built center in $10M deal
Read in the Star Tribune

Minneapolis Approves Plans to Raze Lake Street Kmart and Reconnect Nicollet Ave
Read in Mpls St. Paul

Chris Montana, Du Nord Craft Spirits Founder/CEO
Read in Twin Cities Business

What's Next for Juxtaposition Arts
Read in Mpls St. Paul

Fhima family plans restaurant complex at Ribnick Furs site in Minneapolis
Read in the Star Tribune

Black Business Spotlight: True Care Moving Service
Read in the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder

Deluxe Business Spotlight: Sammy’s Avenue Eatery continues entrepreneurial journey
Read in the Minnesota Recorder

New Sculpture Coming
Read in the Messenger

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