The West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC) welcomes experienced community and economic development leader, Matthew Ides, as the new Executive Director.
Since 2007, WBC has been building the capacity of businesses and entrepreneurs, highlighting the positive business and cultural assets of North Minneapolis, and engaging the resident and business community in the transformation of the West Broadway commercial corridor. Its core programs are the Facade Improvement Grant Program, the West Broadway Farmers Market, FLOW Northside Arts Crawl and, since January 2015, the self-managed West Broadway Improvement District.
Matthew Ides has been working in the economic and community development field for almost two decades. He relocated to Minnesota in 2008 to run a community development organization in Saint Paul and more recently was working in the Economic Development Division at the City of Brooklyn Park. He is excited to join the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition working with businesses to implement change on the avenue. He has his BA from the University of California at Berkeley, a Masters in Urban Planning from Hunter College at the City University of New York, and has held numerous positions in the nonprofit and public sectors. He currently serves as President for the Neighborhood Energy Connection (NEC) and HOURCAR and on numerous committees with MCCD; he is a resident of Minneapolis.
Board Chair Tara Watson, owner of West Broadway businesses Watson Chiropractic, Exceptional Home Healthcare and Anytime Fitness, said, “The WBC board of directors is pleased to announce the hiring of Matthew Ides as the new executive director. We’re confident he can capitalize and expand on the positive momentum our coalition and partners have created over the last five years.”