Standing at 11th and Nicollet on Friday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and mpls downtown council president & ceo Steve Cramer proudly helped unveil a new communications campaign while announcing that the Nicollet Mall Project will be substantially complete this year while finishing on time and on budget.

One of the new slogans, featuring the Mary Tyler Moore statue tossing a construction helmet in the air, reads: “We’re going to make it after all.”

The light-hearted message, a campaign created by local agency GdB, is indicative of two things we’re currently experiencing downtown: Construction has been a constant over the past two years, but we’re able to adapt and adjust as a community knowing that the end results will be worth the wait.

With spring in full swing, we’re seeing The Mpls Big Build back in action. Friday’s press conference was the latest example of the work being completed.

Big Build launched last year as a collaborative effort between the mpls downtown council, mpls downtown improvement district and Meet Minneapolis last year. It highlights how more than $2 billion worth of new construction downtown is coming together to help build a strong, vibrant 21st Century City. The projects range in size, scale and scope, but they are all working together to change the landscape of downtown today and in the years to come.

[Video credit: Meet Minneapolis]

You can see The Big Build in action on the street, including the signage along Nicollet. You can also see projects included on, which helps showcase project renderings, timelines, updates and information.

Projects included on The Big Build website include Nicollet, The Commons, U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Center, Washington Avenue, 3rd Avenue, Hennepin/Lyndale, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, WaterWorks, Hennepin County Medical Center, residential properties, office space, hotels and more.

We’re always looking to add more information to the site, so if you have a project you’d like included on The Big Build please send in a recommendation through the website’s contact page.

In order for cities to stay thriving and competitive, including attracting and retaining top business talent and enhancing the residential population, it’s important to ensure its downtown community is continuing to develop. Nationwide we’re seeing populations move downtown and businesses return to the core in order to be in closer proximity to clients, transportation, entertainment, dining, nightlife and more.

All of those elements align with The 2025 Plan’s vision for creating an extraordinary downtown, there is a network of 350-plus individuals who live and work downtown helping make those initiatives come to reality. Not to mention, these projects will help make Mpls shine when we host the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, X Games and other major events here in the heart of our city.

So as Nicollet Mall construction continues and as blocks are completed, along with more than two dozen other projects around downtown, we’ll continue to see progress and growth that leads to added vibrancy and overall downtown experience.

It’s a great time to be downtown, and we’re excited to see how The Big Build impacts our city once they projects are complete.

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