Our Ward 2 Council Member, Robin Wonsley Wolorbah has secured funding for two important priorities in the neighborhood. The first will allocate $100,000 to contract an external community engagement process for the future of the Third Precinct Building on the corner of Lake & Minnehaha. Prior to the allocation of this funding, there was no formal commitment from the city to do community engagement around the future of the Third Precinct. Now we are committed to doing it, and have funding for an external partner to do a thorough outreach program and reach many of the most impacted neighbors who are often least included in discussions about city infrastructure.
The second win for the business community is redirection of $700,000 to our beautiful and vibrant Cultural Corridors (Lake Street and Franklin included). This will come out of the Mayor’s proposed $2 million for Meet Minneapolis, the downtown convention and tourism organization. While rebuilding downtown and downtown tourism is certainly important, Council Member Wonsley and colleagues who represent Cultural Corridors know that small BIPOC-owned businesses are just as important as business owners downtown, and that building thriving Cultural Corridors is crucial to racial and economic equity. The $700,000 will go to supporting Business Technical Assistance Programs (B-TAP) which is administered through the city’s Community and Economic Planning Department and include services like financial and technical support, legal services, and marketing.
Thank you Robin!