We identify and promote best practices
An important part of our catalytic role is supporting and highlighting the latest, best comprehensive community development practices of organizations in this region and across the country. Although mixed-use development, commercial corridor revitalization, and human capital development may be mainstream practices now, they were new and unfamiliar when we began promoting them years ago.
We’ve supported the growth of transit-oriented development in the Twin Cities, having provided early funding for mixed-use, mixed-income developments such as the South Quarter, Frogtown Square, and many others. Through our Corridor Development Initiative we’ve helped promote better understanding of the development process.
We spurred commercial corridor revitalization in St. Paul along Rice Street, Payne and Selby Avenues, and Concord Street (now branded District del Sol) and in Minneapolis along Central, Franklin, and West Broadway Avenues and Lake Street.
We’ve also done groundbreaking work in developing human capital, particularly in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. More than 120 professional from communities of color interested in community development have graduated from our Careership apprentice program, and nearly 65% are now employed in the field. In addition, we’ve placed 35 AmeriCorps participants with local community development organizations in the past few years.