East Town Business Partnership 2nd Quarter 2017 Newsletter
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Serving the Downtown East and Elliot Park Business Community since 1979
(Formerly East Downtown Council)

What's Happening in East Town?

Mark your calendars!  The East Town Business Partnership Annual Meeting is coming up on Thursday, April 20, at 11:30 a.m. at the Best Western Normandy Inn.

We invite East Town Business Partnership members and guests to our 2017 Annual Meeting! It has been an astonishing year of growth for East Town and our partnership.

At this meeting we will elect the board of directors, celebrate all that has been accomplished, and cast a vision for the future. Steve Cramer, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council will provide a partnership update, followed by the two feature presentations: “Park and Portland Avenue Vision for Development” by the BKV Architecture Group and “The Commons Park: Now and in the Future” by the staff of Green Minneapolis.

The cost to attend the forum is just $20.  RSVP via the link below. Another email invite will go out next week.
RSVP to the ETBP Annual Meeting

We invite you to participate in the 6th Annual Community Connections Conference on Saturday, April 1!

The conference is designed to showcase and build successful community collaborations between neighborhoods, cultural communities, residents, and the City. A major theme of the conference is building diversity and capacity of our neighborhood organizations and communities by providing new and innovative ideas through collaboration and participation.

The Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission (NCEC) and Neighborhood and Community Relations (NCR) department will partner with neighborhood organizations to host four to six community conversations on the future role of neighborhood organizations in the City of Minneapolis. These conversations will lead to recommendations to the City Council on the direction of future funding and programming for neighborhood organizations beyond 2020.

The DMNA and EPNI are partnering with the Citizens for a Loring Park Community, North Loop Neighborhood Association and Stevens Square Community Organization to host one of these conversations on Tuesday, April 25, at Plymouth Congregational Church from 5:30 to 8:30 pm.

What is the purpose of these conversations?

To host respectful community conversations about the role of neighborhood organizations, leading to the development of recommendations for City Council in early 2018.

In addition to this main goal, additional goals include:
1. To provide an opportunity for neighborhood organization members, residents and stakeholders to gather and talk about the future of their work.
2. To ensure inclusive and representative conversations by reaching out to cultural community organizations and leaders as well City leaders to hear other perspectives.
3. Experience and learn more about Art of Hosting and provide training on how to use this tool

What are the key questions to be covered?

• What are the unique services provided by neighborhood organizations to residents and the City?
• What is the role of neighborhood organizations with the City government?
• What are the major challenges or barriers neighborhood organizations face in serving their communities or partnering with the City?
• How do we measure the impact of neighborhood work?
• Do we have the right neighborhood infrastructure (number of neighborhoods, programming, changing demographics, resource availability, etc.)?
• What resources are needed (funding, policy changes, training and support, etc.) to help support the goal of supporting inclusive, vibrant and effective neighborhood organizations?

How will the feedback be used and how will outcomes be reported?

Data from the conversations will be posted online NCR staff will do an initial review of data and develop draft findings from the data, and will review these findings with our planning partners and the Neighborhoods 2020 committee for accuracy and integrity. After this review process, a Summary of Findings report will be provided to the Neighborhoods 2020 Committee and then the Neighborhood and Community Engagement Commission by June, 2017.



Explore Downtown Living offers FREE tours of 21 different residential communities in the downtown area while also offering promotions and giveaways from local restaurants, shops, stores, fitness groups and more within downtown's five neighborhoods. Sign up at, then pick up your field guide in advance at Whole Foods during the week leading up to the event or at your first location you visit on May 20. Explore Downtown Living lets you see downtown at your own pace. Free parking is available throughout downtown during this event. 

Explore Downtown Living has accounted for more than 14,000 residential unit tours, and we're excited to share this experience with you and your friends and family again this year. This year's properties include 222 Hennepin Apartment Homes4Marq700 Central7west Apartments,Bolero FlatsChurchill ApartmentsDock Street FlatsEDITIONEncore MPLSJunction Flats ApartmentsLatitude 45Laurel VillageLoring Park ApartmentsLPM ApartmentsMaverick ApartmentsMill & Main Apartments110 Grant ApartmentsThe PaxonThe Nic On FifthVÉLO North Loop Apartments & Vue Apartments.

There are #1MillionReasons to live in Downtown Minneapolis. Find yours at Explore Downtown Living!


Back for the third year, Minneapolis residents will have the opportunity to explore and enjoy their neighborhood streets without the presence of motorized traffic at Open Streets Downtown! 

Open Streets events bring together local businesses, families, and neighbors to bike, walk, socialize, play and shop in their communities in a car-free environment.

What will YOU create on your street at Open Streets?

Open Streets Downtown
Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:00am - 5:00pm
Along 1st Ave from 8th St N to Washington Ave; and then along Washington Ave to 8th Ave N

Open Streets offers fun, family-friendly programming put on by local businesses and event partners! From group yoga and exercise in the streets to live music and kids play zones; there's something for everyone at Open Streets!

Learn more at:

East Town Business Partnership
2017 Business Forum Schedule


April 20 (Annual Meeting): "East Town Commons Park Now and in the Future" at the Normandy Inn
The Commons Staff and Green Minneapolis Leadership will talk about how the new park will be programmed now, and developed into the future. 
May 18: “Women in Business and Education” at St. Olaf Catholic Church
A joint forum with the Minneapolis Downtown Council-DID featuring Becky Roloff, former CEO of the YWCA and current President of St. Catherine’s University.

Sponsored by the Cynthia Froid Group and catered by Spoonriver.
June 15: "The Growing Mission of MEDA and the Business Case for Regional Equitable Development."

Gary Cunningham, the President and CEO of The Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) will provide an overview of the mission of his organization and discuss the ways strategic equitable development is necessary for the advancement and overall growth of our region.



The East Town Business Partnership (the ETBP) recognizes that there are persons, businesses, and organizations who may wish to use the ETBP name and logo in communications, promotional materials, and the like.  Similarly, the ETBP wishes to promote its name and logo by allowing the use of these, subject to appropriate guidelines and quality control.  

Accordingly, the ETBP will license the use of its name and/or logo under the terms and conditions set forth in a license agreement.  If you would like to use the East Town brand / identity in your marketing materials, please click on the link below to access the license agreement and to view the list of logos available.
The Commons
Ryan Companies Downtown East Redevelopment Project
Downtown East Neighborhood
Elliot Park Neighborhood
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