It’s time to RENEW or BECOME A MEMBER

join-today-concept-23103815 (2)“Building Our Economic Future Together”

The East Downtown Council is a business association whose economic development work is funded by membership dues from organizations within the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods of Minneapolis.

Now is the time to join the East Downtown Council as significant investment and attention will be placed on the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods over the next several years with the construction of the new Vikings stadium, and the redevelopment of the Star Tribune properties by Ryan Companies.

Please visit the new East Downtown Council Web site to RENEW or BECOME A MEMBER online. You can paying using your credit or debit card, or request to be invoiced.

The East Downtown Council provides its members with the following benefits:

Connection and Collaboration
We bring business and civic leaders together to catalyze economic opportunities that benefit everyone.

Advocacy and Resourcing
We advocate on your behalf with the City of Minneapolis, Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods (The DEEP District) to facilitate business grants and strategic 21st century urban development.

Leadership and Voice
We integrate the thinking and leadership expertise of our small, medium and large organizations into a cohesive representation of our collective economic growth goals.

There are six tiers of membership proportioned at affordable options for organizations of all sizes:

Individual ($50)
Offered to individuals seeking to invest in the district and network with business and civic leaders.

Bronze ($150)
Offered to home-based and emerging businesses with 1 or 2 employees.

Silver ($250)
Supporters who value the networking opportunities and recognition received through membership benefits. This level is suggested for companies with between 3 and 10 employees.

Gold ($350)
Supporters who give added support for ongoing membership benefits such as database development, website and administrative services. This level is suggested for companies with between 10 and 35 employees.

Leader ($750)
Leading businesses that seek to enhance development goals and promote a safe and productive environment for our business community. This level is suggested for companies with over 35 employees.

Platinum ($1,000)
Leading businesses that contribute and receive recognition as our highest level of supporters. Membership includes complimentary registration for one person to attend the 10 monthly business forums, mention and logo recognition at all business forums, and priority placement on the EDC website.

Prepaid Luncheon Coupons for Colleagues and Guests ($20)
Prepaid luncheon coupons for the September 2014 through June 2015 business forums may also be purchased with your membership for $20 each. Coupons will be delivered to you when you attend your first lunch, and may be used for other members of your organization or guests who attend with you.

Please RENEW or BECOME A MEMBER of the East Downtown Council online. You can pay using a credit or debit card, or request to be invoiced.

September 18, Business Forum will feature Valspar

10443536_720628501317346_7120187774462856867_nThe September 18, Business Forum is titled “Committed to Corporate Growth in the East Downtown.”  The forum will feature Valspar’s new Research and Development facility in the Downtown East neighborhood, as well as Kraus-Anderson Construction’s proposed new corporate headquarters in Elliot Park. The event will take place at Valspar’s Research and Development Center.

Kraus Anderson

A meeting agenda, including a listing of guest speakers will be posted here at a later date.

June 19 EDC Business Forum at Day Block Brewing Company

“Growth on Every Level: A Conversation with All Three City Council Members Representing the East Downtown.”

The next East Downtown Council Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, June 19, at Day Block Brewing Company – 1105 Washington Avenue S.  Registration, networking and lunch starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presenters starting at Noon.

This month’s business forum’s guest speakers include the three Council Members who represent the Downtown East and Elliot Park neighborhoods: Third Ward Council Member Jacob Frey, 6th Ward Council Member Abdi Warsame and 7th Ward Council Member Lisa Goodman.

The cost to attend the EDC Business Forum is $15.  Please RSVP by sending an email to Christie Rock Hantge at info@edcmpls.org, by no later than Noon on June 16.

FORUM SUMMARY

The City Charter for the Minneapolis requires redrawing City wards and Park and Recreation districts every year ending with a “2” and using most recent census data. The redistricting process that took place in 2012 has given the East Downtown District two new ward seats at City Hall. The expanded representation affords our district greater diversity and stronger connections to all that surrounds us.

Plan on attending the June business forum to hear all three East Downtown Council members, Jacob Frey (3rd Ward), Abdi Warsame (6th Ward) and Lisa Goodman (7th Ward) speak about how Minneapolis and our district can leverage surging redevelopment into holistic and meaningful density. This forum will include an extended time of question and answer.

AGENDA

11:30 a.m. to Noon – Registration, lunch and networking

Noon – Welcome and introductions by EDC President Dan Collison

12:05 pm – EDC Update by EDC President Dan Collison

12:15 pm – Panel discussion with Minneapolis City Council Members

12:45 pm – Q&A moderated by EDC President Dan Collison

1:00 pm – Announcements and Adjournment

2014 Minneapolis City Council Members

May 15, EDC Business Forum will feature the Minnesota Vikings

The next EDC Business Forum is coming up on Thursday, May 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the 1010 Building – 1010 Metrodome Square. This month’s event will feature Steve LaCroix and Lester Bagley from the Minnesota Vikings.  More information to follow soon.

Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presentation starting at Noon.

Please RSVP by no later than Monday, May 12, at 4:00 p.m., by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org. The cost to attend the lunch is $15. Please pay with cash or check at the door.

Joint neighborhood meeting scheduled for May 15, 2014

Mark your calendars, the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association, Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc., Mill District Neighborhood Association and the East Downtown Council are co-hosting a joint neighborhood meeting on Thursday, May 15, at Open Book, at 6:30 p.m. The joint meeting is an opportunity for Ryan Companies to give downtown residents and businesses an update on their Downtown East Redevelopment Project.

EDC Annual Meeting scheduled for April 17 at the Normandy Inn

The next EDC Business Forum is the organization’s Annual Meeting. It is scheduled for Thursday, April 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Normandy Inn. Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update, elections to the board of directors and guest presentation starting at Noon.  Please RSVP by no later than Monday, April 14, at 4:00 p.m., by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org. The cost to attend the lunch is $15. Please pay with cash or check at the door.

FORUM SUMMARY

Dr. Jon PryorDr. Jon Pryor, MD, MBA, CEO of Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. will share an update on Hennepin County Medical Center, including recent changes and additions to the system and areas of future focus.

Dr. Prior’s Bio

Dr. Pryor joined Hennepin Healthcare System as CEO in April, 2013. Before returning to the Twin Cities last year, he was CEO of the Medical College of Physicians, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s clinical practice group of physicians, advanced practice providers and other staff.

A urologic surgeon by training, Dr. Pryor was Chair of the Department of Urologic Surgery at the University of Minnesota from 2001-2006.

He has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and was awarded a Bush Medical Fellowship in 2005. His education and training include a medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine, an American Foundation of Urologic Disease Fellowship at the University of Minnesota, an MS in surgery from the University of Virginia, a BA in Physics from Carleton College, and two years of residency in the Hennepin County Medical Center Surgery Residency program.

He has been widely published in peer reviewed journals in the area of men’s health and urologic disorders.

FORUM AGENDA

1. Noon – Welcome and introductions by EDC President Dan Collison

2. 12:05 pm – President’s Report and Future Vision of the EDC

3. 12:13 pm – Presentation of EDC Board candidates and ballot

4. 12:20 pm – Introduction of HCMC CEO Dr. Jon Pryor

  • Update on HCMC’s 5-year strategic plan; including the new Downtown Medical Office Building project.

5. 12:45 pm – Q&A with Dr. Pryor moderated by EDC President Dan Collison

6. 1:00 pm – Announcements and adjournment

February 2014 Business Forum Recap

The February Business Forum took place on February 20, at the Guthrie Theater.  The topic was “The Impact of the Arts in the Mill City Neighborhood: Education, Performance and Medicine.” It featured guest speakers from the Guthrie Theater, MacPhail Center for Music and the University of Minnesota Mill City Clinic. Click here to read the full forum recap.