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April 2020

webinar: 2020 road construction update with the Minnesota Department of Transportation

April 23, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

While we are all continuing to deal with the on-going COVID-19 outbreak, road construction continues full speed ahead. With that in mind, the mpls downtown council, the MPLS Regional Chamber, Meet Minneapolis and BOMA Greater Minneapolis are sponsoring a webinar with MnDOT officials. They will provide updates on major projects affecting downtown including the on-going I35W re-construction and replacement over the next few years of the 3rd Avenue Bridge. Once you have registered, a link to the webinar will be…

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what’s next: back-to-business for downtown minneapolis

April 29, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Amid the COVID-19 crisis, stay at home orders and the “new normal” that isn’t so new anymore – there is a resurgence stirring in downtown Minneapolis. Our business and community leaders are beginning to plan for how we safely get back-to-business – and they’re envisioning how the downtown experience can be both vibrant and thriving as the months roll forward. Please join us for a virtual panel discussion with downtown leaders as they discuss how they’re navigating through COVID-19 and…

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May 2020

smart cities | how smart is downtown today?

May 6, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

As we’ve reached the year 2020 we may not have flying cars but there has been much progress made to advance Minneapolis into a smart city. Smart cities use technology to improve governance, planning, management, and livability of a city by gathering real-world, real-time data. Minneapolis continues to develop and move towards being a smart city but how smart is our city right now? Join us for our virtual program as we hear from experts in wireless, transportation, and design…

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the future of physical workspaces

May 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Learn from industry experts about the current trends and the vision for the future of physical workspaces! During these unprecedented times, we turn to look towards the new normal and how the evolution of the way people will work in the future will also dictate new thinking in workplace design.  Join us for our virtual program to hear from industry experts from architecture & design, property management and coworking as they discuss the current trends and the vision for the…

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July 2020

city council ward 6 candidate forum

July 27, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

In conjunction with the State Primary on Tuesday, August 11 there will be a special election for the vacant seat in Ward 6. As you prepare to cast your vote, join us on Monday, July 27 for an opportunity to meet the 12 candidates running for the seat. REGISTER HERE: www.mplsdowntown.com/registration200727

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listening to the experiences of people of color in business

July 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Business and entrepreneurship is core to the American experience and yet the narratives of the experience of People of Color are often not told in numerous industries. This conversation will explore the emergence of a resilient business community alongside the greater struggle for more equitable opportunities in the modern Minnesota landscape. REGISTER HERE: www.mplsdowntown.com/registration200729/

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August 2020

mdc connects

August 13, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

It’s been ages since we’ve had the opportunity to just get together, so let’s do that! Join us for a virtual connect event, where you’ll have the opportunity to introduce yourself and your business, build your network and discuss some timely topics. register here: www.mplsdowntown.com/registration200813/

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education in downtown

August 20, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Typically at this time of year schools are preparing to welcome back their students. But the 2020 – 2021 school year is full of big challenges for both students and educators. During this virtual discussion we will hear from panelists who are tackling the situation head on. panelists: Mary Pat Cumming, Principal at The FAIR School Robert McMaster, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education at University of Minnesota Gail O’Kane, Vice President of Academic Affairs at Minneapolis College Richard…

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September 2020

downtown hospitality update

September 10, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

One of the hardest hit industries during the pandemic has been the hospitality industry. With people staying home and encouraged to not gather in large groups the hospitality industry has had to make adjustments. Learn how these industry leaders have stepped up to tackle these challenges and plan for the future. presenters: Lauren Bennett McGinty, Executive Director of Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild Rick Bertram, General Manager at Minneapolis Marriott City Center Steve Hark, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, Entourage Events…

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downtown construction update

September 17, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Mpls downtown continues to see investment and development projects, all of which are integral to downtown’s vitality. We will hear how the Hennepin Avenue, Water Works, 3rd Avenue Bridge, 35W, Orange Line and Southwest LRT projects are all developing. These projects are adding new offerings and enhanced accessibility to downtown. presenters: Dave Aeikens, Public Affairs Coordinator at Minnesota Department of Transportation Charles Carlson, Director of BRT Projects at Metro Transit Don Elwood, Director of Transportation Planning & Engineering at City…

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the journey of cultural competency

September 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many white business leaders strive to be good allies and are asking “What can I do to help?”. An often-repeated response from leaders of color is “become more culturally competent and help other white leaders to do the same.” This webinar will discuss a toolbox of known pathways and processes that help white leaders become more culturally competent. panelists: Shamayne Braman, Senior Manager, Culture Diversity and Inclusion at Target Corporation Tonya Palmer, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Hennepin County…

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October 2020

the downtown experience across the nation

October 29, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

As we continue to operate within the landscape of COVID-19, we look to our partners that are in similar situations. There will be continual changes as we return to offices and facilities, and luckily, mpls is not alone in the reanimation journey. Please join the mpls downtown council for a virtual conversation with leaders from peer organizations across the country. Learnings and experiences from their cities will be shared as we all look to share best practices around the reanimation…

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November 2020

the future of smart cities

November 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Smart cities use technology to improve governance, planning, management, and livability of a city by gathering real-world, real-time data. Minneapolis has recently been implementing smart city technologies more frequently but what is the future for making Minneapolis a smart city? Join us as we hear from experts in wireless, transportation, public works, and design that work with smart city technology within Minneapolis. presenters: Danielle Elkins, FUSE Executive Advisor at City of Minneapolis Public Works Caroline Goodbody, Smart Cities Product Director…

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cultural change in the workplace

November 18, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many have talked about this moment being a tremendous opportunity for Minneapolis and Minnesota to rise up and be an example for the nation and world as to how we can better ourselves to be more inclusive and racially equitable society. This forum will cast vision for the ways more leaders can lead bold cultural change in the workplace. panelists: Hoyt Hsiao, President & CEO of Shaw Lundquist Tonya Jackman Hampton, Chief People and Culture Officer of Hennepin Healthcare Kevin…

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December 2020

getting clarity on the economics of COVID-19 with the Mpls Federal Reserve

December 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Got big and pressing economic questions? Ron Wirtz, Regional Outreach Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will walk us through a data rich and highly interactive experience on how COVID-19 is and will continue to impact the economics of Minneapolis. register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/getting-clarity-on-the-economics-of-covid-19-with-the-mpls-federal-reserve-tickets-98462962371

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February 2021

mdc program: connect with downtown

February 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Looking to make the most of your mdc membership and find ways to engage in creating an extraordinary downtown? Join us for an overview of mdc, discover opportunities to amplify our work, and participate in facilitated group discussions to provide your input on how the organization can best serve you and our downtown. register here: www.mplsdowntown.com/registration210204

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April 2021

jobs in downtown

April 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

In January 2020, the mpls downtown council engaged a new task force aimed at learning more about the expectations and needs of downtown businesses – and their employees -- so that we could continue to support the then current job growth trends. In March, the gears on this work shifted to respond to the present conditions. Join us for an update on the work of this task force, and a panel discussion with experts on the topics of the current…

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May 2021

mpls downtown public safety initiatives update

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join us for a conversation about downtown safety. We will hear from different groups that are focused on safety as people continue to fill downtown mpls. Mpls downtown council has always worked to have collaboration between all entities to create a safe environment for all that work, live and play in downtown. Presenters will discuss this year’s safety measures and how they impact our downtown community. Panelists: Joe Kreisman, Social Impact Manager at Mpls Downtown Improvement District James Seals, Social…

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Downtown Reanimation: What Lies Ahead for Minneapolis

May 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Downtown stakeholders and advocates are dedicated to the reanimation of downtown and thanks to the use of masks and increase in vaccination rates we are seeing an uptick in the return to downtown. Join us as we learn how downtown advocates are bringing vibrancy to our downtown this summer and what lies ahead for Minneapolis. Panelists: David Fhima, Founder and Executive Chef at Fhimas MPLS David St. Peter, Presidents & CEO at Minnesota Twins Melvin Tennant, Chief Executive Officer at…

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August 2021

public safety update

August 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the mpls downtown council, mpls regional chamber, Meet Minneapolis, BOMA Minneapolis, and Hennepin Theatre Trust, as we come together for a collective update on public safety. panelists: Chief Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Department Sheriff Hutchinson, Hennepin County Chief Frizell, Metro Transit Inspector Peterson, Minneapolis Police Department register here: www.mplsdowntown.com/registration210810/

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September 2021

Introducing the Minnesota Business Coalition for Racial Equity

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This shared forum with East Town Business Partnership will introduce the wide reaching work of more than 80 corporations committed to having company cultures that are anti-racist and work together as a business community to build an equitable, inclusive and prosperous state for Black Minnesotans. Panel Moderator: Dan Collison, Director of Downtown Partnerships, MDC, ED, ETBP Panelists: James Burroughs, Vice President, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Children’s Minnesota Acooa Ellis, Senior Vice President of Community Impact, Greater Twin Cities United…

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