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North Minneapolis Business Summit 

North Minneapolis Business Summit 

The University of Minnesota's Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) will host a first-ever business summit focused on the nuts and bolts of employee hiring and retention in North Minneapolis. The event will take place at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis, Minn.

The summit will feature a panel of area employers who have overcome talent recruitment and retention barriers by working with members of the NJCT, a collaboration of more than 30 public, private, and nonprofit partners with a mission to create sustainable jobs in North Minneapolis. Guests will gain practical insights into proven solutions used in businesses of all sizes, across many local industries.

The event is hosted by the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center in partnership with the NJCT Workforce Task Force Co-chairs Nerita Hughes and Marie Larson. 

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Major reports highlight unacceptable trends 

Major reports highlight unacceptable trends 

More than a quarter of all Minnesotans pay more than they can afford for a home; Yet, only 2 percent of our state budget supports housing needs for Minnesotans. I’m asking you to make affordable homes a priority this legislative session. Please support the #HousingTaxCredit, Local Housing Trust Funds, and the Homes for All agenda. We need the state to be a reliable partner for affordable homes in Minnesota! Thank you! 

Minneapolis Rental Housing Brief

Minneapolis Rental Housing Brief


  • Median rents compared year-over-year.

  • The income required to rent a place based on current rent prices.

  • Vacancies by building type (Apartment, House, Townhome, etc).


  • A comparison of rents in tax credit properties vs. market rate properties.

  • The number of NOAH vacancies.

  • The % of vacancies affordable by income level (30% - 100% AMI)

Subsidized Housing

  • The number of listings that will accept a Housing Choice Voucher.

  • The number of vouchers forfeited. 

  • The number of subsidized waiting list openings.

Dare to Dream Grant Program

Dare to Dream grants fund art, cultural, leadership, educational, & outdoors/wilderness experiences for girls in grades 4 through 12, allowing them to begin exploring the outside world and begin recognizing their own abilities, values and strengths in the process.

  • All applications will need to be completed online by both the applicant, mentor, and parent/guardian.

  • Spring application deadline: April 1 - grant activity must begin after May 20

  • Fall application deadline: October 1 - grant activity must begin after November 20

Youth Master Plan Ward Meetings

The YCB is co-hosting 13 youth-led ward meetings in each of Minneapolis’s city council wards with the Minneapolis Youth Congress and city council members. The ward meetings are intended for a youth audience, and are a valuable opportunity for youth to share their ideas and experiences with local decision makers. Youth in attendance will help develop a set of recommendations that will go in the final Youth Master Plan that we will put in front of our board for approval in August. The Youth Master Plan seeks to make Minneapolis the best city for youth and children, and will encourage collaboration across city, county, school, and parks systems in accordance with the voices of youth in our city.


Please share these ward meetings with your youth contacts and networks in Minneapolis!


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