Summer Updates from the Northeast CDC

In spite of the heat, it’s been a productive summer so far at the Northeast CDC!

The Jackson Street Artist Housing project is moving right along; state and city applications for tax credits for 2011 have been sent. Artspace and the Northeast CDC are now looking more closely at the space the building provides, including installing a community garden and hosting workshops for the community in the shared gallery space. Please stay tuned in November for an open meeting about progress and timeline.

Northeast Calendar Contest

The Northeast Calendar project is underway. We received over 100 submissions of artwork and photography representing all thirteen northeast neighborhoods – and they look great! Voting is open until July 31, 2011 and friends of Northeast can vote easily online for their favorites here: (calendar.northeastcdc.org ) There is also a limited number of ad spaces in the calendar which will help cover the cost of printing and distribution. If you’d like to help support this project and create a fun, identity piece for Northeast, please consider a sponsorship: calendar.northeastcdc.org/?page_id=11 The calender will be a great resource, highlighting not only information about the thirteen neighborhoods, but also major community events such as Art-A-Whirl and the Northeast Parade.

We’ve continued our Small Business Services, offering not only business planning but also communications technology and strategic planning for a variety of small businesses in Northeast. We’re in the process of developing several websites for local businesses and helping them with their communication needs. You can check our blog at northeastcdc.org for website launch announcements and training opportunities.

The Great Cities collaborative continues our research on Business Improvement Districts and the implementation and impact one would have along Central Avenue. We had a great outreach meeting at the end of June where we introduced businesses to the work we are doing and the goals of the project. We also outlined the results from the survey we sent to Central Avenue Businesses. (Snow Removal, Graffiti Removal, and Reducing Vacancies are big priorities!) You can check out the presentation online here: slideshare.net/NortheastCDC/necdc-great-cities-project-8299776

The Northeast Bike Tour is taking shape, and we’ll be working with a lot of the local cycling groups to make this event great for Northeast Minneapolis as well as friends and visitors to Northeast. The tour will navigate through all thirteen neighborhood parks, stopping at favorite historic and remarkable Northeast neighborhoods along the way. A working date has been set for Saturday June 2, 2012.

The Arts Action Plan Committee is also making progress, working with NEMAA and volunteers in the community to help maintain the arts district website, signage, and also to move other action items of the plan forward. (And if you haven’t “liked” the Arts District yet on facebook, you should! facebook.com/pages/Northeast-Minneapolis-Arts-District/131176836892710 )

Northeast Cultural Gardens

The Northeast CDC is also sponsoring the volunteer-driven Northeast Cultural Gardens initiative, which will be an ongoing resource and sharing tool for urban landscapes in Northeast. (northeastculturalgardens.org) The initial goals of the project are to celebrate the current urban landscapes. We’ll also be planning a few easy, inexpensive events for Northeasters to spruce up their gardens, including a plant-swap for next spring (when it’s a great time for splitting and sharing!)

Last but not least, we currently have an opening on the board! Our current opening is for a Board Secretary. This person will be not only be responsible for helping with minutes at meetings, but also help put together updated versions of our organizational manuals and governing documents. If you have an interest in helping the Northeast CDC make Northeast better and better, join our board!

Thank you so much for your continued support!

-Jamie Schumacher
Executive Director

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