EDC December 18 Business Forum at the Guthrie Theater

The next East Downtown Council Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, December 18. This month’s event will take place at the Guthrie Theater, in the Level 5 Cafe.

The title of this month’s forum is “Connecting East Downtown to all of Minnesota:  Elected Leaders discussing pressing issues for the next legislative session,”and will feature a panel of Minnesota Legislators.

Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presenters starting at Noon. The cost to attend the forum is just $20. You can pay by cash or check at the door. Please RSVP by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org by no later than Monday, December 15, at Noon.  

FORUM DESCRIPTION
The midterm elections are now complete and the Minnesota Legislature will head into 2015 in a new power sharing mode. Will post election commitments to bi-partisanship hold in the 2015 session? What are the emerging priorities for both parties? How will these priorities effect those who work and live in Downtown Minneapolis? Please join the member businesses of the East Downtown Council as our December Business forum will feature a panel of the elected officials connected to or adjoining the East Downtown district speaking to these important questions.

Invited Speakers include the following:

  • Representative Raymond Dehn (59b: North Minneapolis and Downtown)
  • Representative Frank Hornstein (61A: Elliot Park and South Minneapolis)
  • Representative Kahn (Marcie Holmes, East Bank and Cedar Riverside)
  • Senator Bobby Joe Champion (District 59-Downtown through North Minneapolis)
  • Senator Scott Dibble (District 60-Northeast to Cedar Riverside)

FORUM AGENDA

  1. Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, President EDC, Dan Collison, Executive Director EDC (10 Minutes)
  2. Ryan/Wells Fargo Construction Update, Tony Barranco, VP of Development, Ryan Construction (5 Minutes)
  3. Minnesota State Legislature Panel Discussion (30 Minutes)
  4. Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (10 Minutes)
  5. Preview of the January EDC Forum (5 Minutes)
  6. Adjourn

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Representative Raymond Dehn
Representative Dehn and his partner Joan moved to the Willard-Hay Neighborhood in 2001. They chose the north side of Minneapolis due to the vibrant diversity that makes it such a rich community. They purchased their home in 2004, and, like many others have been working ever since to keep our community a wonderful place.

Dehn spent much of his early life living in Brooklyn Park. He attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School and went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture at the University of Minnesota. While in architecture school, he was elected by architecture students across the country to represent them as the National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). He moved to Washington DC for nearly a year and a half, during which time he traveled the country and advocated for the interests of 30,000 architecture students across the United States. Upon returning to Minneapolis in 1997, he began working for a respected Minneapolis-based architecture firm. His design experience has ranged from small affordable housing to large site Master plans and always focused on sustainable design.

In 2002, Dehn volunteered on Paul Wellstone’s third campaign for Senate and learned firsthand what grassroots politics and organizing is about, working to engage all people in the process of politics and government. Everyone close to Sen. Wellstone was impacted by the loss on that October day in 2002, and like many he continues to be inspired by his work and his words. Dehn ran for the House of Representatives as a continuation of this commitment to putting people before politics.

His involvement in the community has taken many forms, including participating in his neighborhood block club, volunteering with the Senate District 58-DFL, participating in his neighborhood association, and serving on the city of Minneapolis Capitol Long Range Improvement Committee. For the past several years, he has been co-facilitating the Northside Transportation Network with Rep. Bobby Joe Champion and engaging the north side community around the proposed Bottineau LRT that maybe connection our community to the larger regional rail system. He has volunteered with many local, state and national campaigns, and continues to reach out and actively engage those who feel disenfranchised by the political process.

On November 6th, 2012, he was elected to represent the people of his district in the Minnesota House of Representatives. He is humbled and honored by this responsibility and pledge to always put the needs of the district and the state before politics and special interests. Representative Dehn lives by a philosophy, that if you want to see change you have to work for that change.  It is only through working together that we will be able to build upon our communities’ assets and continue to move in a positive direction.

Representative Phyllis Kahn
Representative Kahn is a member of the Minnesota Legislature serving her 21st term. She has a B.A. in physics from Cornell, a Ph.D. in biophysics from Yale and a M.P.A. from the J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard.

Rep. Kahn currently serves as Chair of the Legacy Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Ways and Means, Government Operations, State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs, and Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance Committees. She is also a member of the Legislative Commission on Pensions and Retirement.

Her legislative interests include issues dealing with pension and investment policy, science and technology (most recently DNA testing and the role of biotechnology in agriculture) information policy, natural resources and women’s rights.

Prior to her election to the legislature, Rep. Kahn was a research associate at the University of Minnesota in the College of Biological Sciences and also taught some classes in microbial genetics.

She was the chief author of the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act (controlling smoking in public places), the computer crime and computer virus laws, and legislation on nuclear safety, radioactive waste disposal, field tests of genetically modified crops and infectious waste disposal. She also authored laws to require gender equity in athletics and laws prohibiting discrimination based on age or disability.

Rep. Kahn has been instrumental in obtaining funding for parks, trails, historic preservation, art-enhancement of State buildings, and the expansion of community and urban forests. She has served on many national committees, particularly in the field of Science and Public Policy. She has been elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and served as the Chair of the AAAS Section on General Interest in Science and Engineering.

Phyllis was born in Brooklyn, New York, and is married to Donald Kahn, a professor of mathematics at the University of Minnesota. They have two adult children and six grandchildren. In her spare time she runs, bikes, plays ice hockey with a co-ed group and has won first prize at the State Fair for her “guiltless” cheesecake recipe and two second prizes for an “industrial strength” chocolate pie.

Senator Bobby Joe Champion
Senator Champion was born on December 17, 1963, graduated from North High School and is a life long resident of North Minneapolis. Bobby lives in the Lyn Park neighborhood along with his wife Angela, who is a pharmacist and their 2 sons.

While growing up Bobby loved to watch Perry Mason, and after graduating from high school Bobby knew that he wanted to become a lawyer. What type of lawyer he wante…d to be was unclear until his exposure to the entertainment business.

Bobby’s passion for music grew from directing his church choir as a teenager for many years. He had no idea that eventually his own choir, Excelsior, would develop into a Stellar Award winning and Grammy nominated choir and receive nationwide exposure.

After leading the choir for 33 years, Excelsior is a 30 member group along with backup musicians, which has produced over 7 CD’s. In his career, he has worked for Flyte Tyme Productions and Flyte Tyme’s Grammy Award winning producers Terry Lewis and James “Jimmy Jam” Harris.

Outside of his passion for music, Bobby also went on to graduate from Macalester College and William Mitchell College of Law. Bobby is now a practicing attorney with a skill set of negotiation, extensive legal and business analysis, and advocacy.

His past involvement includes serving as Program Director of Social Spaces with Stairstep Initiative and Executive Director of the National Association of Minority Contractors, Midwest Chapter, the organization that promotes inclusion of people of color and women in the construction industry. He has also served with Congressman Keith Ellison as an attorney with the Legal Rights Center and as an Assistant Attorney General under both Skip Humphrey and Mike Hatch.

Bobby was elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 2008 and State Senator in 2012.

Senator Scott Dibble
Senator Dibble first became involved in politics in the mid-1980’s working on issues concerning the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) communities including HIV/AIDS.  His involvement led to organizing on issues of social and economic justice—especially in the areas of neighborhood livability, transportation, housing, energy and the environment.

He later worked as aide to Minneapolis City Councilmember Doré Mead for about 6 years.  In 2000, Dibble ran for a seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives, becoming the third openly gay legislator to serve in the Minnesota Legislature.  After serving one term in the House, Dibble ran for State Senate in 2002 where he is now serving in his third term.

Senator Dibble has played a key role in a number of legislative successes.  They include passage of an historic transportation funding measure, enactment of the Freedom to Breathe Act (ensuring clean indoor air for all workers) and approval of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act. As the Chair of the Senate’s Transit Subdivision, Senator Dibble played a pivotal role in the override of Governor Pawlenty’s veto of a vital transportation improvement bill that will allow the Twin Cities to build a transit system for the 21st century. He was also asked to serve on a special investigative committee that looked into the tragic collapse of the I-35W Bridge.  Senator Dibble continues to be a leader in the Minnesota Senate on legislation relating to transportation and transit, energy efficiency, the environment, housing and economic development.

Senator Dibble has helped position Minnesota as a leader among the states that are working to solve critical clean air, global warming, and economic challenges. Senator Dibble has served as chief author or as a lead negotiator on groundbreaking energy efficiency standards, implementation of a nation-leading renewable energy standard, establishment of a carbon dioxide reduction mandate, instituting the nation’s most stringent mercury emission reduction requirements for coal-fired energy, the first legislation in the country on hybrid plug in electric cars, programs to aid the construction of green buildings and to assist local governments in building more energy efficient facilities. Senator Dibble helped author and served on the state’s Green Jobs Task Force charged with developing a comprehensive economic development policy charged with shaping Minnesota’s participation in the Green Economy for generations to come.

In his spare time, Senator Dibble is an avid runner, triathlete and has run in several marathons.  He loves theater, reading, cooking, and travel.

November 20, EDC Business Forum at Meet Minneapolis

DIDThe next East Downtown Council Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, November 20.  This month’s event will take place at Meet Minneapolis – 250 Marquette Avenue South. The title of this month’s forum is “Beautiful and Safe: Urban Design and Programming in the Built Environment.”  Registration, lunch and networking starts at 11:30 a.m., with the EDC Update and guest presenters starting at Noon. The cost to attend the lunch is just $20. Please RSVP by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org by no later than Monday, November 17, at Noon.  

FORUM DESCRIPTION

Urbanism studies show that greening and safety catalyze local investment, visitor spending, environmental cost-savings, and increased public health vitality.  As East Downtown becomes increasingly redeveloped it is important that all of the stakeholders in our district become aware of best practices for urban design and safety in the built environment such that we engage these important benefits. One key existing partner that is already doing this work in Downtown is the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (the “DID”).

The Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) is a non-profit entity that maintains a higher standard of care and behavior throughout downtown. It was formed in early 2009 after 5+ years of formative planning and advocacy by the Minneapolis Downtown Business Community.

The DID’s mission is to support, preserve, create and enhance a vibrant, competitive and thriving downtown that attracts and retains businesses, employees, residents and visitors. To that end, the DID pursues several goals: to create/support a competitive and thriving downtown through effective provision of clean, green, safe and better services; to pool resources and bring more effective implementation of services and initiatives; to bring a sustainable funding source to long-term initiatives; and to create and sustain an ecosystem that encourages a thriving public space in support of retailers, businesses, employees, visitors and residents.

At this month’s business forum, Ben Shardlow, the Director of Public Realm Initiatives for the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Downtown Improvement District, will discuss the overall work of the DID, specialized work of the Tactical Urbanism Initiative, and ways that EDC constituents can be aware and promote beauty and safety on our streets and in our open spaces.

In addition to Ben’s presentation, we will hear from three other guest speakers.  We will get an overall crime and safety report from The Minneapolis Police Department’s First Precinct Inspector Medaria Arradondo; Meet Minneapolis CEO Melvin Tennant will give us an overview of how Minnesota won the Super Bowl bid for 2018; and Mortenson Construction will provide a Viking’s Stadium construction update.

FORUM AGENDA

  • Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, President EDC, Dan Collison, Executive Director EDC (10 Minutes)
  • Stadium Construction Update, Michele Kelm-Helgen, MSFA (5 Minutes)
  • Winning the Super Bowl Bid, Melvin Tennant, Meet Minneapolis (5 Minutes)
  • Crime and Safety Update, Inspector Rondo, Minneapolis Police Department (5 Minutes)
  • Urban Design and Programming in the Built Environment, Ben Shardlow, Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Downtown improvement District (25 Minutes)
  • Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (5 Minutes)
  • Preview of the October EDC Forum (5 Minutes)

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Ben Shardlow, Director of Public Realm Initiatives for the Minneapolis Downtown Council and the Downtown Improvement District

Ben Shardlow has been the Director of Public Realm Initiatives for the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District since January 2014. He is an urban planner with a focus on public space and urban design. He received a bachelor degree in Politics from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree with a concentration in Land Use and Urban Design from the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to joining the MDC/DID, Shardlow gained seven years of professional experience in commercial real estate development and management and three years of experience in applied social science research, with additional work in placemaking, urban planning consulting, and community engagement.

After 16 months as a project manager for the Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District on a contract basis, Shardlow was brought on to the MDC/DID staff to focus on implementing the public space goals in the MDC’s 2025 Plan and to direct strategic projects for DID. He is the staff lead for the MDC Greening & Public Realm Committee, the Green Streetscape Task Force, the Meaningful Daytime Activities Subcommittee of the MDC Homelessness Committee, and the DID Tactical Urbanism Initiative.

Medaria Arradondo, Inspector of the First Precinct

Inspector Arradondo received his bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Metropolitan State University and holds a master’s degree in Human Services from Concordia University. He is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police in Boston, Massachusetts as well as the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

Inspector Arradondo is a 24-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. He started his career with the MPD in 1989 working as a Public Housing Enforcement officer and School Liaison Officer. In 1997, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in investigations, Internal Affairs and served as the assistant to the Chief of Police. In 2003, he was promoted to Lieutenant and oversaw the Federal Mediation Agreement, served as Public Information Officer, acting Inspector of the Second Precinct and worked many years in the Fourth Precinct.

In December 2012, Arradondo was appointed as Commander of the Internal Affairs Unit. He has been an active member in the community serving as a Board Member on the State Council on Black Minnesotans; African American Men’s Project; Police Community Relations Council; and the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota Criminal Justice Project. Inspector Arradondo also serves on the accountability sub-committee for the Chief’s Advisory Council.

Melvin Tennant, CEO and President of Meet Minneapolis

Melvin Tennant has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Meet Minneapolis since April 2008. Mr. Tennant served for more than 25 years in leadership positions for destination-marketing organizations, including the San Antonio, Texas Convention & Visitors Bureau. Mr.

Since arriving in Minneapolis, Mr. Tennant serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Council and HIRED, a leading Twin Cities area provider of job-skills training and employment training. Previously, Board Chair & Executive Committee Member of Destination Marketing Association International; Board of Trustees Members at Meeting Professionals International Foundation; International Executive Committee Member of Meeting Professionals International; Board Member of ASAE/Center for Association Leadership, Travel Industry Association of America, National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, City of Charlotte Mayor’s International Cabinet (chair), March of Dimes (Charlotte Chapter), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council, San Antonio Christian Business Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

October 16, Business Forum will feature GreaterMSP

Michael Langley #2The October 16, Business Forum is titled “The Leading Edge of East Downtown Development,” and will feature GREATER MSP CEO Michael Langley. Langley will review GREATER MSP’s Strategic Vision for the East Downtown Business District.

This month’s business forum is FREE to attend. The Hyatt Place Hotel is offering a complementary lunch to all attendees. In lieu of paying for lunch; however, the EDC Board invites attendees to make a voluntary contribution to the newly established EDC Community Advocacy Fund. Registration is still required. Please RSVP by sending an email to info@edcmpls.org by no later than Monday, October 13, at Noon.

MEETING AGENDA

1. Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, President EDC, Dan Collison, Executive Director EDC (10 Minutes)

2. Ryan-Wells Fargo Construction Update, Mike Ryan, Director of Architecture and Engineering, Ryan Companies (5 Minutes)

3. Greater MSP Presentation, Michael Langley (30 Minutes)

4. Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (10 Minutes)

5. Preview of the November EDC Forum (5 Minutes)

Click here to review a PowerPoint presentation regarding GreaterMSP’s Downtown East District Strategic Vision.

 

GREATER MSP  (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) is a private non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-County Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets, and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. For more information on Greater MSP please visit the organization’s Web site.

It’s time to RENEW or BECOME A MEMBER

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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 and Kraus Anderson

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THE EAST DOWNTOWN

The September 18, business forum will feature Valspar’s new Applied Science and Technology Center in the Downtown East neighborhood, as well as Kraus-Anderson Construction.

The event will take place the VAST Center – 312 11th Avenue South.  Map of VAST Center Campus for parking and building entrance information.

The cost to attend the event is $20, which can be paid at the door.  To register, please send an email to info@edcmpls.org by no later than Monday, September 15, at 4 p.m.

Kraus Anderson

EVENT DESCRIPTION

Valspar Corporation is the fifth-largest manufacturer of paints and coatings in the world, with $4.1billion in annual revenue, and traces its beginnings to 1806. In 2012-2014 Valspar contracted with EDC Member Kraus-Anderson Construction Company and spent more than $30 million to restore an 87,000 square foot vintage structure on S. 3rd Street that was once its headquarters. Kraus-Anderson achieved award-winning results and this important investment in East Downtown has contributed to the revitalization of our district next to the Hiawatha light-rail line. The building houses a “best-in-class” laboratory as well as meeting and office space.

Plan on attending this exciting launch of the 2014-2015 EDC Business Forum that will feature speaker Steven Erdahl, Executive VP and Dr. Cynthia Arnold, Senior VP and Chief Technology Officer of the Valspar Corporation along with John Campobasso, Vice President and Director of Marketing for Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. There will be a brief tour of the showroom portion of the newly renovated facility following the main presentation.

AGENDA

  • Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, President EDC, Dan Collison, Executive Director EDC (10 Minutes)
  • Stadium Construction Update, Tom Schmall, Mortenson Construction (5 Minutes)
  • Valspar Campus Renovation Presentation (30 Minutes)
  • Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (10 Minutes)
  • Preview of the October EDC Forum (5 Minutes)

SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

Steven Erdahl, Executive Vice President, The Valspar Corporation

Steve Erdahl is Executive Vice President of The Valspar Corporation, with responsibility for the company’s Global Wood business as well as for Valspar’s Global General Industrial business.  Since joining Valspar in 1974, Erdahl has held a series of finance, sales, and sales management positions of increasing responsibility and was elected a corporate officer in 1989, as Vice President, General Industrial.  After experience leading most Valspar businesses and functions, he was named Executive Vice President in 2002.  Steve also serves as lead director of MOM Brands.

Dr. Cynthia Arnold, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, The Valspar Corporation 

Dr. Arnold is responsible for global technology and development of Valspar’s coatings and paints, polymers and dispersions, overseeing an organization of approximately 1000 technologists located in 38 Valspar laboratories throughout the world. Prior to Valspar, Dr. Arnold served as the Chief Technology Officer of Sun Chemical, a global leader in pigments, inks and graphic arts coatings; Vice President of Technology of Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties for Eastman Chemical. She has held various technical leadership positions at General Electric.  She served for several years as a Sloan Executive Science and Engineering Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House and is currently a member of the Board of the Minnesota Zoo. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, VA.

John Campobasso

Vice President Director of Marketing, Kraus-Anderson Construction Company

John joined Kraus-Anderson in 1992 and has led the company’s marketing and business development efforts since 2000. Prior to joining Kraus-Anderson John served as vice president and director of development for the St. Paul Port Authority. He is active in a number of professional and civic organizations including the Minneapolis East Downtown Council, Minneapolis Downtown Council/ Downtown Improvement District, Minneapolis Uptown Rotary and the Economic Development Association of Minnesota.

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.