Photos and quotes from people working and doing business in the district.
Get to Know the East Town Business District
Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) – The Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association is organized and operated to promote the common good and general welfare of the community. Civic betterment and improvement are sought through discussion, education, and change.
Elliot Park Neighborhood, Inc.(EPNI) – Bringing people and resources together to preserve and promote the unique urban character of the historic Elliot Park Neighborhood.
The Commons Park Minneapolis – The Commons is downtown Minneapolis’ new 4.2 acre public green space. It is a respite from the work day, a neighborhood park, an entertainment destination and an anchor of the Downtown East area transformation.
East Town Development – The mission of the Downtown Development Committee is to focus on goals around downtown population and business growth (including retail), and connections to the University of Minnesota. The two business organizations collaborating together on East Town Development are the Minneapolis Downtown Council-Downtown Improvement District and the East Town Business Partnership.
Minneapolis Big Build – The Minneapolis Big Build is a campaign led by the Minneapolis Downtown Council, Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District and Meet Minneapolis. It aims at raising awareness about the transformation Minneapolis is undergoing. With major new facilities and infrastructure, along with national events coming our way, this initiative will seize this opportunity to make sure local residents, downtown employees and visitors all know everything that’s new and exciting in our city.
Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District – making downtown cleaner, safer, greener and better in order to achieve a more vital and vibrant downtown.
Resources for Your Business
Handbook of the Streets – A resource guide prepared by Agate Housing + Services prepared for people in need.
City of Minneapolis Business Services – Starting or changing your Minneapolis-based business? The Minneapolis Business Services pages give you quick access to zoning, licensing, permits, and economic planning.
Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) – The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development works with local and regional partners to preserve and enhance our natural and built environment, plan for growth, and advance the physical and human development of the city.
Public Works – The Public Works Department builds, operates, and maintains the public infrastructure and provides services to the public in Minneapolis.
GREATERMSP – (Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership) is a private non-profit organization (501C3) dedicated to providing public and private sector leadership, coordination and engagement to grow the economy of the 16-county Minneapolis Saint Paul region. With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets, and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. The organization is also promoting a regional talent strategy to attract and retain talented workers.
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce – The Minneapolis Regional Chamber engages with members to advocate for a positive business environment, enhance economic prosperity, and build partnerships that help to advance our region’s interests. The organization seeks to build a high-quality, globally competitive, and thriving region where businesses flourish, and everyone has the opportunity to succeed through economic opportunity and jobs.
Metro MSP – A powerful resource for business development. MSP Prospector is free and available to all users. It is funded by a regional, public-private consortium convened by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber Development Foundation. It is powered by GIS Planning’s ZoomProspector software. Find economic development statistics and available commercial or industrial properties. Then access site-specific demographic information, and generate instant reports.
Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) website – Economic Growth Center Legacy Funds available to businesses in Elliot Park
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) – Our MPRB park system an important component of what makes Minneapolis a great place to live, play and work. MPRB was created in 1883 as an independently elected, semi-autonomous body responsible for governing, maintaining, and developing the Minneapolis park system.
MnKnows-Dig Deeper @ Your Library – MnKnows (or, read it Minnesota Knows, if you’d like) is a portal to Minnesota’s online library services, welcoming you to use and explore the various electronic resources listed below. Minnesota’s libraries cooperate to connect Minnesotans with the world of information, the content of their collections, and the expertise of their staff members. MnKnows is provided by Minitex, an information and resource-sharing program of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and the University of Minnesota Libraries.
Connect with Civic Leaders
- Governor Tim Waltz
- Mayor Jacob Frey
- Ward 3 Council Member Michael Rainville
- Ward 6 Council Member Jamal Osman
- Ward 7 Council Member Lisa Goodman
- Renee Allen, CPS and Carla Nielson, CPS – MPD 1st Precinct Crime Prevention
- U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar
- U.S. Senator Tina Smith
- U.S. Congressman Ilhan Omar, 5th District
- Minnesota Senator Esther Agbaje, District 59B
- Minnesota Senator Bobby Joe Champion, District 59
- Minnesota State Representative Pat Garofalo, District 58B
- Minnesota State Representative Sidney Jordan, District 60A
- Hennepin County Commissioner Angela Conley, District 4
- Metropolitan Council Member Robert Lilligren, District 7
- MPRB Commissioner – District 3 (Downtown East) – Becky Alper
- MPRB Commissioner – District 4 (Elliot Park) – Elizabeth Shaffer
The East Town Business Partnership Website is sponsored by membership funding. Visit the Current Member page to learn more about the businesses that are making a difference in the East Town Business District.