Economic Development

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2014

    Do Dayton, DFL deserve credit for MN's high rank in CNBC's Top States For Business?

    The Dayton administration is crowing after Minnesota clocked in with a 6th-place finish in CNBC's Top States For Business 2014 list.Matt Swenson, Dayton's press secretary, drew reporters' attention to the study yesterday, writing in an email, "Members of the Press - I wanted to make sure you saw thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2014

    Lisa Bender takes heat for pleading ignorance regarding council's MLB "Clean Zone" vote

    Last week, the Minneapolis City Council approved, without discussion, Major League Baseball's request to created a potentially speech-limiting "Clean Zone" across a swath of the city during a two week stretch surrounding the 2014 All-Star Game to be held this summer at Target Field.SEE ALSO: Lisa Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    St. Paul streetcar: Council member would rather give each business $1 million than build line

    Next month, St. Paul officials will hold two open houses about the city's plan to build a $246 million, four-mile streetcar line down West Seventh Street. The proposal will then go before the city's planning commission on January 24.SEE ALSO: Check out this awesome time-lapse tour of the Central Cor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Minneapolis named 5th best city to get rich

    There's no need to hit Wall Street or Hollywood to make it big. Minneapolis was just named the fifth-best city in the country to get rich by CreditDonkey. It's the only Midwestern metro to make the top ten. See also: Minneapolis has the best parks in the nation and it isn't even close, study says R ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 2, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Downtown St. Paul has become a whole lot whiter over the past decade

    Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute recently put together a list of the "fastest-gentrifying neighborhoods" in the country, and one of them is downtown St. Paul.Granted, Petrilli's characterization of these neighborhoods as "gentrifying" seems to be inappropriate. He uses race data b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    New Saints ballpark highlights Governor's bonding proposal

    A rendering of the Saints' proposed Lowertown ballpark. The project is one of many in Gov. Dayton's $775 million bonding proposal.‚ÄčIt isn't $500 million for a new Vikings stadium, but today, Gov. Mark Dayton proposed a bonding bill that would allot $27 in public funds for a new St. Paul Saints bal ... More >>

  • News

    October 5, 2011

    Rick Perry's "Texas miracle" is a fantasy

    The GOP presidential candidate's claims don't hold up

  • Calendar

    September 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Betty McCollum seeks resolution for Peter Erlinder's release

    McCollum reminds the Rwandan government of U.S. generosity in foreign aid​Will this help? Rep. Betty McCollum has introduced, and Keith Ellison has cosponsored, a U.S. House resolution calling on the Rwandan government to release accused genocide denier William Mitchell law professor Peter Erl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2010

    Mark Savin double-dipped as a prominent attorney in the Twins deal

    He represented Hennepin County when it was acquiring the land for Target Field, and he represented the developer who was working with the landowner to get the sweetest deal possible.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    Schwan's being forced to comply with EEOC subpoena

    Schwan's is being forced to release records related to a discrimination clam filed by a former employee.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Finally! First Republican officially announces run for governor

    Former state Rep. Bill Haas of Champlin said today he will officially run in the gubernatorial race.

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Bachmann No. 1 defender of the dollar

    Bachmann introduced a bill that ensures that the dollar will never disappear. Because it was totally going to happen any day now.

  • Movies

    June 27, 2007

    'Bamako' Puts Globalization on Trial

    Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako offers his testimony

  • News

    April 18, 2007

    How the West Was Won

    'Bamako' upends the concept of the "festival film"

  • News

    February 7, 2007
  • News

    October 4, 2006

    Stealing Home

    The Twins ballpark deal hits a snag on one minor detail: Property acquisition

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2006
  • Blogs

    November 3, 2005

    St. Paul smut shop, liquor store get temporary reprieve

    Black on Black Grime

    The Natalie Johnson Lee/Don Samuels race for city council is one of the nastiest campaigns in local memory

  • News

    September 28, 2005

    Fighting the Blight

    St. Paul crusades against liquor, porn

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2005

    Norm's conquest

    Junior Senator's reponse to Katrina: Tax cuts for all my friends! It may have been Labor Day, but the powers that be in Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman's office were apparently hard at work devising a plan. Coleman is clearly becoming a sort of trial-balloon politician for the neo-con agenda's most egr ... More >>

  • News

    August 17, 2005

    One for the Little Guy

    The state Supreme Court sides with a homeowner in Richfield redevelopment spat

  • News

    July 20, 2005

    The Interloper

    Hines Interests joins in the stadium game. What does that mean for Twinsville?

  • News

    May 25, 2005


    Why did city leaders derail an affordable housing project near the LRT line?

  • News

    April 13, 2005
  • Blogs

    April 7, 2005

    MPLS [heart] Clear Channel

    MPLS [heart] Clear Channel: The semantics of ownership The most striking thing about Tuesday's debate over the future of the Hennepin theaters was that a majority of the Minneapolis City Council has no qualms about getting in bed with Clear Channel Entertainment. The second most striking thing was t ... More >>

  • News

    February 23, 2005

    No. 1?

    America by the numbers

  • News

    April 21, 2004

    Downtown Renaissance, Again

    Can condos and entertainment venues make a neighborhood out of the city's core?

  • News

    November 26, 2003

    What Friends Are For

    Andersen Windows had $2 billion in sales last year. And next year, a new Pawlenty administration program will give the company a big tax break.

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    A Major Complex

    Plans for the Sears building loom large (again)

  • News

    March 5, 2003

    Hard Times at City Hall

    The State of the City? We're Broke.

  • Movies

    January 2, 2002

    Downpresser Man

    'Life and Debt' Reveals the Consumer as a Key Supplier of Jamaican Protest Art

  • Books

    April 4, 2001

    Academic Misconduct

    Despite promises, Minneapolis plans to displace a north-side training center

  • News

    August 9, 2000

    The Candidate

    When did U.S. Senate hopeful Rebecca Yanisch get the idea to make affordable housing a top priority? It sure wasn't while she was running the Minneapolis Community Development Agency.

  • News

    May 24, 2000

    Money Pit

    Ten years, $200 million, and one heck of a political headache: Minneapolisís grand plan for neighborhood revitalization enters the home stretch.

  • News

    October 13, 1999

    The Once and Future River

    Promenades and parks, cappuccino and condos: Tomorrow's upper Mississippi looks dandy. But first, can't city hall get rid of those grimy scrapyards? Why, yes.

  • Books

    March 24, 1999

    Check's in the Mail

    Under the 1994 Prairie Island law, NSP must pay millions into a clean-energy fund. Fine, says the power company--but define "pay."

  • Books

    December 9, 1998

    A Matter of Convenience

    SuperAmerica is selling expansion at 40th & Lyndale. The neighbors aren't buying.

  • Books

    September 2, 1998

    Greenbacks or Green Space?

    Brookfield's Block E plan is headed for the dumpster, but a new movement is afoot to turn downtown's saddest parking lot into a park

  • Books

    June 17, 1998
  • News

    June 3, 1998

    Goodbye Golden Boy

    Baby Boomers and Block E. Preservation and parks. Urban history and virtual reality. Outgoing city planning director Paul Farmer on the politics and passions that got him fired.

  • Feature

    January 21, 1998

    Welfare Cheats

    Vermont Rep. Bernie Sanders nailed it the other day when he said: "The major banks have made huge sums of money in Asia, and now their loans are turning sour. Well, that's what free enterprise is about--sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose."

  • News

    January 7, 1998

    Sold Down The River

    Minneapolis's brave new riverfront will have parks, museums, and upscale condos. Who said subsidized housing was just for the poor?

  • Feature

    December 24, 1997

    Peace on Earth?

    Thanks to Clinton's foreign policy, 1998 could be the year of living dangerously for much of the world.

  • News

    May 28, 1997

    Out of Africa

    FINCA's average Third World loan is just $190, while here seed money can run to thousands of dollars, says program head Kim Hunter.

  • News

    February 12, 1997

    Out With the New, In With the Old

    In Minneapolis and elsewhere, proponents of the New Urbanist planning movement are promising a new tomorrow -- one that looks a lot like yesterday.

  • News

    June 12, 1996
  • News

    February 14, 1996

    Strawberry Fields Forever

    Clinton's Love Affair with a Deadly Gas

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