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Feb 07th


Obama Administration launches Strong Cities, Strong Communities to support local development

Washington, D.C. – The Obama Administration launched Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a new and customized pilot initiative to strengthen local capacity and spark economic growth in local communities while ensuring taxpayer dollars are used wisely and efficiently. To accomplish this, federal agencies will provide experienced staff to work directly with six cities: Chester, PA; Cleveland, OH; Detroit, MI; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; and New Orleans, LA.  These teams will work with local governments, the private sector, and other institutions to leverage federal dollars and support the work being done at the local level to encourage economic growth and community development. 

Disaster Loan Outreach Center opens in Minneapolis

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center will open Tuesday, July 12th at Lucy Laney School, 3333 Penn Ave. N. Minneapolis to assist residents, business owners, and property owners with applying for available tornado recovery loans.

The hours are:
Tuesday, July 12 - Friday, July 15 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 16 9 a.m. - noon
Monday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 19 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
*There will be City and County translators available to assist people in Hmong, Spanish, Somali, and Oromo.

Tornadoes, Tears and Trauma: A conference on recovery, resilience and restoration

Kwanzaa Community Church will host Tornadoes, Tears and Trauma: A conference on recovery, resilience and restoration, on Saturday, July 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The conference will be held at dual sites; at the University of Minnesota’s UROC location, 2001 Plymouth Ave. N. and the Minneapolis Urban League, 2100 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

An unusual business alliance helps stock food shelves

An unusual business alliance helps stock food shelvesNow through July 30th, 14 Twin Cities area independent Picture Framing shops and Art Galleries have joined forces to help stock the food shelves. These designated drop sites will be collecting non-perishable food items and financial donations to benefit the Emergency Foodshelf Network, a local full service food bank located in New Hope.

“The willingness of this diverse group of business owners to work together for this food drive shows just how involved each Picture Framer is in their own individual community” stated Tracy Goodland, executive vice president for TC Moulding.

The West Broadway Farmers Market

The West Broadway Farmers MarketThe West Broadway Farmers Market has begun its first season!  The market is located at 2101 West Broadway Ave North, Minneapolis MN 55411 near the intersection of Penn & W. Broadway.  The market is open Sundays June 5th – October 30th 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Wednesdays July 6th – October 26th 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  The West Broadway Farmers Market is a project of the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition (WBC).  The purpose of the market is to increase healthy food access, stimulate local economic development, and provide a fun and friendly community gathering space for Northside residents and visitors.  The Market will be accepting EBT beginning in July.

Kris Nelson dies peacefully

Kris Nelson dies peacefullyKris Nelson, who just turned 60, worked tirelessly over the past two decades to build strong bridges between the University, state and local governments, neighborhoods, and community organizations.

Nelson was director of neighborhood programs at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA).  CURA pursues its urban and regional mission by facilitating and supporting connections between state and local governments; neighborhoods, nonprofit organizations, and relevant resources at the University, including faculty and students from appropriate campuses, colleges, centers or departments.

Rebuilding neighborhoods

Founded in 2007, the Minnesota Foreclosure Partners Council (MFPC) says it has collectively assisted over 4,000 Minnesota families and prevented 25,000 foreclosures by working with local governments and with families in need. The non-profit is a coalition of housing organizations that serve as a network of information and legal services to homeowners, renters, and elected community leaders.

As federal and state funds to city and county governments continue to shrink, Minnesotans are given a challenge, and an opportunity, to ensure family and community stability across the state. Local leaders are finding it increasingly difficult to execute critical services. The May 22nd tornado in North Minneapolis has left neighborhoods with the financial burden to reconstruct from catastrophic storm damage, foreclosed and boarded properties, and manage an overwhelming amount of displaced families and children.
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