Envisioning Downtown Minneapolis in 2025 –
Part One: Downtown Community
Date and Time:
Thursday, November 21, 11:30 a.m. registration, lunch and networking. Noon-1:00 p.m., guest presentations.
The Normandy Inn Hotel, 405 S 8th St, Minneapolis, MN 55404
The cost to attend the forum is $15. Please RSVP by no later than Monday, November 18, at Noon, to be included in the lunch count. Please send an email to [email protected].
The Downtown 2025 Plan was developed by the Minneapolis Downtown Council to cast a bold vision of growth for Downtown Minneapolis including doubling the residential population, 21st century transportation innovation, and forging new connection to the University of Minnesota. The 2025 initiatives are critically important to economic vitality of the East Downtown district.
Collin Barr is the Chair of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District. Mikkel Beckmen is the Director of the Office to End Homelessness, a cross-departmental team of Hennepin County and Minneapolis employees and a leader on the 2025 Plan “Downtown Community” committee. This forum will cover an overview of the 2025 Plan and the specific initiatives related to community development including working toward being the first major U.S. city to end street homelessness and providing diverse housing options for all.
Collin Barr is the Chair of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District, and the President of the Minnesota Region for Ryan Companies. Barr is an experienced developer and has led numerous projects in both suburban and urban areas for companies such as Target Corporation, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and The Hartford.
After serving as director of St. Stephen’s human services programs, and working on homeless issues for more than 22 years in several different organizations, Mikkel Beckmen was named the head of the Office of Homelessness in Hennepin County (including Heading Home Hennepin) in 2013.
- Noon – Welcome and Introductions, Dan Collison (10 Minutes)
- 12:10 p.m. – Overview of 2025 Plan, Collin Barr (10 Minutes)
- 12:20 p.m. – 2025 Downtown Community Presentation focusing on street homelessness and housing: Mikkel Beckmen (30 Minutes)
- 12:50 p.m. – Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (10 Minutes)
- 1:00 p.m. – Announcements and Adjournment