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January 16, 2014 Business Forum at First Covenant Church

January 16, 2014 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Event Summary

The new stadium construction project in the East Downtown business district breaks ground on December 3. The General contractor, Mortenson Construction, estimates that 7,500 construction workers will work more than 4.5 million labor hours on the new stadium over a three year period. The stated workforce goals include hiring 32% minority owned companies and 6% women owned companies to participate in this cast of thousands. This business forum will feature a panel of leaders close to the stadium project who will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and strategies for making the stadium project one of the most equitable, publicly subsidized construction projects to date.

Guest Speakers

      • Michele Kelm-Helgen, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
      • Alex Tittle, Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority
      • Robert Woods, National Association of Minority Contractors
      • Lynn Littlejohn, Mortenson Construction
      • Ravi Norman, Thor Construction

Meeting Agenda

11:30 am               Registration, lunch and networking
Noon                       Welcome and Introductions by EDC President Dan Collison
12:05 pm               Stadium Update, Michelle Kelm-Helgen, MSFA|
12:15 pm               Stadium Equity Plan Highlights and Strategy, Alex Tittle, MSFA
12:25 pm               Minority Business Perspectives, Robert Woods, NAMC
12:35 pm               General Contractor Perspectives,

      • Ravi Norman from Thor Construction
      • Lynn Littlejohn from Mortenson

12:45 pm               Q & A Moderated by EDC President Dan Collison
1:00 pm                 Adjournment


Please send email to [email protected] by no later than 4:00 p.m., on Monday, January 13, 2014.  The cost to attend the lunch is $15.  Please bring cash or a check payable to the EDC to the door.


January 16, 2014
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


East Downtown Council
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First Covenant Church – Fellowship Hall
810 S. 7th Street
Minneapolis, United States
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