Category Archives: Northeast CDC News

The Northeast Calendar Project


The Northeast CDC is excited to introduce a new project – the Northeast Minneapolis calendar! Not only will the calendar be a great identity piece for Northeast as a whole, it will also celebrate the individual neighborhoods and their respective awesomeness!

If you’d like to advertise something specific or help support the project, there are sponsorship opportunities available that will help us cover the cost of printing.

We’re also looking for submissions of photography and artwork for the project, and have created an easy online submission process for artists. I’ve included the call for artists below. If folks are willing to list the opportunity on various websites, blog, or newsletters we’d appreciate it!


Do you Love Northeast?

Participate in the Northeast Calendar project! We’re looking for great images and artwork about Northeast Minneapolis.

Free submission and cash prizes for participating artists – up to $200!

More information can be found here:

Arts Action Plan – Updates and Next Meeting

A few weeks ago we gathered at Altered Esthetics gallery and held our first Arts Action Plan meeting. We discussed some of the milestones the plan suggested, as well as the plan progress so far. Margo Ashmore did a great job of summarizing the meeting and our conversation in a recent Northeaster article, which you can download here: (pdf).

We’re having the next meeting on June 23rd, 2011 – 6:00pm-7:30pm at Altered Esthetics gallery – 1224 Quincy Street NE.

Since our next meeting will involve more planning and less review, we’re asking participants to complete a quick 1-page contact sheet and interest assessment: Committee Assessment (pdf). While committee participation will be open to anybody, this form will help us collect contact information as well as priorities and interest level.

You can the facebook invite here – feel free to invite anybody you know that might want to get involved:

Spring Updates from the Northeast CDC

Dear friends,

Happy Spring! It has been a little over a year now since I came to the Northeast CDC. Looking back, it’s been a very long stretch – but definitely a very productive one! We’ve come out of the economic downturn with a stronger and more engaged board, more connected to Northeast, and with a more community-grounded vision for the future. It’s not just the optimism of spring when I say that I’m really looking forward to 2011 and the work we’ve got planned!

First, a little bit on what we’ve been up to the past few months. We’ve been doing a lot of work on our board structure, bringing in a few additional board members to help us along the way. Please welcome Nichole Klonowski, Jennifer Garman, Donna Sanders and Mike Collins to our Northeast CDC board team. We’ve also been out in the community doing some outreach. As part of our work on the “Great Cities” project we sent out a survey to businesses along Central about their needs and priorities for the upcoming years. We also sent out a survey to the broader Northeast area, getting some great feedback directly from the community. We helped the Northeast Farmer’s Market with some strategic planning and their own board transition, and we also helped the Logan Park Neighborhood Association with a website upgrade!

The Northeast CDC is taking an increasingly active role in the second phase of the Arts Action Plan: sustaining Northeast Minneapolis as a healthy and stable home for artists. Since artists do so much to stimulate our local economy, we want to make sure they remain! Over the next year we’ll be researching some things like establishing an Artists Cooperative, implementing an Artists’ Credit Union and also maintaining the outreach website and Arts District signage put in place a few years back. If you’d like to get involved, let us know!

The Jackson Street Artist Housing project is moving right along. With our partners at Artspace we’ll be applying for a second round of tax credits this year. Stay tuned for project updates; we’ll also be planning a community meeting for later in the fall.

We’ve got some great projects on the horizon in addition to the above. We’re working on a gardening resource for Northeast residents who want to beautify their lawns and gardens – the Northeast Cultural Gardens Project. We’re planning a family-friendly bike tour for 2012 that will go through all thirteen Northeast neighborhoods. We’ll be building websites for 10 northeast businesses that sorely need them, and also working on a Northeast calendar for 2012 featuring the artwork and photography of local artists and residents. You can find out more about all of these projects, as well as how to get involved right here on our site! In addition to volunteer opportunities, we still have two seats open on our board. (hint, hint!)

Thank you for your continued support as we rebuild our capacity to better serve the Northeast community. Looking forward to working with you over the next few years,


Updates from the Northeast CDC!

Happy New Year!

I hope this post finds everybody doing well.

We ended 2010 on a great note. The board voted unanimously to move towards a role-based model and began reviewing our strategic plan. I’m an advocate for these type of structures as I think they are better for engaging members and maximizing limited resource – something *very* needed!

I’m remaining as a part time executive director, helping with our current projects as well as the new board transition. If you’re looking to get a hold of me or anybody on the board, email will be your best route as our office hours are going to be mixed over the next few months. My email is: Jamie(at)


Jackson Street Artist Housing

We are proud that thanks to the support of our lenders and partners (especially Artspace!) and the hard work of our board, a valuable community project has been able to withstand a very turbulent economy.

The Jackson Street Artist Housing project will be moving forward, and we’ve even had some great press about it recently!

Downtown Journal: A Home for Artists

Finance & Commerce: Artspace Revives Project for Artists


Great Cities: Business Improvement District Research

The NE CDC is partnering with four other groups to research Business Improvement Districts and their feasibility in the various areas as well as to identify the process of facilitating the transition. Stay tuned for updates and information about this project by visiting


Northeast Futures

The Northeast Futures conversations of 2010 evolved into two distinct groups – the Arts committee and Cycling/The Environment. The arts committee is now focusing on long-term sustainability for artists in Northeast, paying particular attention to artist-owned housing and buildings in the area. This group will be working alongside NEMAA and other community organizations using the Arts Action Plan – if you’d like to get involved, let us know!

The cycling and environment committee is working out the schematics for a community-wide event in 2012. More details on that as things progress!


Northeast Neighborhoods

The Northeast Community Development Corporation was put in place to serve Northeast and help facilitate projects that benefit the thirteen neighborhoods. To make sure we’re keeping true to our founding purpose and mission, one of the roles on our new board is a Neighborhood Organization Liaison. This position will act as a liaison to the organizations, continually connecting them to and/or with our services and goals.

As we grow, we want to make sure we’re keeping the community in mind with the work we do as well as the services we provide.


Board Openings!

Do you want to get involved in shaping the future of the Northeast CDC and Northeast Minneapolis? The following board positions are open:

The function of the Secretary is to organize and compile organizational and corporate documents, including minutes and paperwork of the board, bylaws, and articles of incorporation. This officer’s role can be combined with another role as desired or needed.

Communications Director
The function of the Community Relations Director is to guide the organization’s reputation in the community, sending press releases, newsletters, and building relationships.

Development Director
The function of the Development Director is to maintain, develop, oversee and/or implement the fundraising strategy of the organization, including fundraisers, appeals, and grant proposals.

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to:


Thanks for taking the time to read through these updates! I hope you stay in touch and consider getting involved. Along with our board and volunteers, I’m really looking forward to doing great things for Northeast with you in 2011.


Reminder – NE Futures mtg Thursday

Next NE FUTURES group meeting:
September 16, 9am-10am
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE

On the agenda: We’ll talk about how the two task forces are moving forward and have time for questions and answers.

– Cycling/Green Spaces
– Economic Development and the Arts

I think people are going to be excited about how these two committees are evolving! Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Board openings at the NE CDC!

Are you looking for opportunities to get involved in Northeast Minneapolis? Want to play a role in shaping a young nonprofit while also serving your community? Join the board at the Northeast Community Development Corporation!

The Northeast community Development Corporation works to promote the economic development of Northeast Minneapolis in a manner that furthers the interests of both residents and businesses.

To apply, please send a resume and letter of intent to:

Reminder – NE Futures meetings coming up

Hello everybody!

We’ve got a few NE Futures meetings coming up, please see below.

If you’re interested in getting involved, feel free to join us. Any questions? let me know.

Looking forward to seeing many of you soon!


Task Force Meeting – Cycling/Green Spaces:
(Anybody interested in cycling/green spaces is welcome to join)
Thursday August 5th, 5 pm-6 pm
@ East Side Food Co-op’s Community Room
2551 Central Avenue Northeast
Minneapolis, MN 55418-3725

Task Force Meeting- Economic Development and the Arts:
(Anybody interested in economic dev/ the arts is welcome to join)
Friday August 6th, 9 am-10 am
Wells Fargo Building
2329 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(this follows the Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development’s Meeting)

Goals for the task forces:
Discuss or pinpoint an area or project to work on over the next four months. The NE CDC is willing and able to help with planning, organization and resources – or connecting the task forces to relevant organizations. If possible, start discussions about other interested organizations or resources that might be needed.


Next NE FUTURES group meeting:
August 19th from 6-7 pm
East Side Neighborhood Services
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55143
Agenda: Groups reconvene, share goals ideas and resources, new volunteers/members make connections.

Northeast Futures – getting involved

Northeast Futures is the second phase of a series of conversations that took place several years ago that resulted in a community visions statement, which you can find here:

I’m trying to move it from discussion, (where it stalled) to action (where it could be more effective.) The first phase pulled out some of the shared values in Northeast and pinpointed some concerns as well. My hope is that the second phase of Northeast Futures will get people involved in solving any problems at the individual level. Since we’ll be working with other neighborhood organizations and keeping city council in the loop, we’ll be avoiding duplication of services by connected people that want to help to the appropriate places, or helping facilitate the activities they’ll be doing.

Our first meeting is going to be Thursday, July 15th, 9am@ East Side Neighborhood Services on 2nd Street. We’re going to have a series of 6 meetings on the third Thursdays of the month, staggered between evenings and mornings to try to accommodate a variety of schedules.

Folks can get involved by attending the meetings or by letting me know if you have any concerns or thoughts about things that need to get done in Northeast. (I can be emailed at:

As I have been planning this project over the past few weeks, it has continually reminded me how fantastic Northeast is. I think we’re very fortunate not to have any overwhelmingly large issues – but I also think there are always things we can do to improve and help the neighborhoods. Some people are looking for ways to be involved, and I’m hoping to help connect the dots.

You can email me with any Northeast-related concerns you have, or you can also take a quick anonymous survey about Northeast, the NE CDC and Northeast Futures here:

We also really want local businesses to get involved. If businesses are willing to send an employee or two over to get involved or help with this process, send this information out in a newsletter, etc – we’ll be happy to list them as a sponsor of the project in return in our literature and promo materials.

And last but not least – some websitey goodness for planning/sharing/social networking purposes:

Facebook Group:!/group.php?gid=131682770181989

1st meeting event:!/event.php?eid=105402489508094

NE CDC Webpage:


NE CDC Stakeholder Meeting – Presentation

Last night we opened our board meeting up to a few guests and stakeholders, including neighborhood organizations and representatives from the community. We’re very grateful to those that were able to make it!

For those that weren’t able to join us, I posted the presentation we made online at You can also view it below.

The presentation was followed with a very lively discussion about JacFlats, the Arts District, the needs of neighborhood organizations and the future of Northeast as a whole. Resources are scarce and needs are many, but I look forward to working with all of our partners and friends over the next few years to meet the needs we have together.

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To our Stakeholders,

Thank you so much for joining us this evening. Thank you also for your patience and support during the past few years as we grew and developed as an entity.

Your continued partnership over the next years is critical to our survival as an organization and our ability to provide services to the residents and businesses of the Northeast community. You can help in a number of ways: by volunteering at upcoming events, your business or organization sponsoring an event, or even by joining our board! I look forward to working closely together as we serve the residents and businesses of Minneapolis.

Sincerely, on behalf of the board of directors,

Jamie Schumacher
Executive Director

Board Positions open at the NE CDC!

Are you a Northeast Minneapolis Resident or Business?
Do you want to be actively involved in shaping Nordeast?

Join the board of the NE CDC!

Board members of the NE CDC are actively involved in the Central Avenue Business District, Jackson Street Artist Housing project, NEMAA/Art-A-Whirl and other arts and commercial development critical to the living and doing business in Northeast.

To apply for a seat on the board, please submit a resume and letter of intent to:

Northeast CDC – Stakeholder survey

The Northeast CDC is currently conducting an anonymous survey to get feedback on both our organization and the current needs of the Northeast community. We plan to use this information to guide our organization over the next few months and years, so that we may provide more valuable and more effective services.

Guests, residents, and businesses of Northeast are all welcome to participate. The survey will take about 5 minutes or more, depending on how extensive your comments are. gets a facelift!

Just in time for Art-A-Whirl weekend, we’ve given our website a little aesthetic assistance. Cleaning things up, reorganizing and updating our list of services, this new website will get us by until we can do a bigger overhaul down the road.

We’ll be adding more resources and information about projects over the next few weeks, so keep checking back for new stuff! If you notice anything funky or catch any typos (::gasp::) please let us know.

You can check out the new site at:

digitally yours…

~the Northeast CDC