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Tonight / Mill City Times Endorses 4 Candidates for the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Election on October 21
What: Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association (DMNA) Election & Annual Meeting
Where: The Depot, 225 3rd Ave S
When: Tuesday, October 21, 6:30PM
Early Bird Voting: 6:00PM-7:00PM
From redevelopment of the area surrounding the new Vikings Stadium, to the creation of a new Central Riverfront Master Plan, the complete makeover of Nicollet Mall, and the threat of hydropower drying up St. Anthony Falls, the next few years will reshape Downtown Minneapolis for decades to come.
Last year saw 4 new members join the DMNA Board, and they’ve made great strides revitalizing the organization. Our endorsed candidates - 2 who would be new & 2 existing members - will complete the transformation and build on the momentum gained over the past 12 months.
A seat on the DMNA Board should not be viewed as a career enhancing networking tool or a resume builder. It is an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and serve the community. These four Downtown residents & business owners, all extraordinarily engaged at the neighborhood level, will serve the Downtown neighborhoods well:
- Nick Cichowicz is the current Board Chair on the DMNA and has served on the board for two years. His professional background includes experience in both the corporate and nonprofit spheres. He is currently the Executive Director of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and previously worked at Target and at the Community Action Partnership of Suburban Hennepin in community outreach roles. In his most recent professional positions he has prepared grant proposals and funding requests while also implementing community outreach strategic plans targeting public, private and nonprofit organizations.
Nick has lived in Minneapolis since 2008 and has a passion for the city. His focus on the DMNA Board has been on making Downtown MPLS vibrant, safe and livable. In the next two years Nick’s goal is for the DMNA to become, “with the help and input of residents, businesses and visitors alike” a key contributor to the strengthening of both Downtown East and Downtown West.
- Ken Searl is a businessman, entrepreneur and community leader. He grew his first company from one office and $500,000 in sales to a 20-office, $35 million business, and most recently founded a start-up software company that attracted strong interest and support from venture capitalists. He has a long history of serving on both industry and nonprofit boards of directors.
Ken lives in Minneapolis and organized the Safety and Prevention Group of 15 condominiums in the riverfront as part of the Mill District Neighborhood Association. He devotes considerable time to volunteer work in the city, including working with grade school children at Ascension school and serving on the board of Mill City Commons.
- Carletta Sweet is a homeowner at RiverWest Condominiums in the Downtown West neighborhood of Minneapolis and an editor for a small business consultancy also located in the Downtown West neighborhood.
Carletta promotes public and private sector collaborative relationships that foster affordable housing, business development, and cultural as well as educational opportunities for the residents, businesses, employees and visitors to downtown Minneapolis. To accomplish these goals she has been instrumental in forging relationships between DMNA and: Aeon on whose board she served as chair; the East Downtown Council on whose board she currently serves as vice president; 2020 Partners as the DMNA representative; the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership on whose board she currently serves as secretary/treasurer; and the Above the Falls Citizen Advisory Committee on whose board she currently serves as the downtown neighborhood representative.
Carletta joined the DMNA to assist in making the downtown neighborhood attractive, safe, economically viable, and a great place to live, work, play and visit, similar to what she experienced during the renaissance in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the South Loop (Burnham Park Neighborhood) downtown community of Chicago, Illinois. Carletta has been a DMNA board member since 1998 and brings a rich historical perspective of the issues that impact the community.
- David Tinjum grew up in North Minneapolis and now lives in the Mill District. Seeing a need for better communication and community action among Mill District residents, he founded and publishes the Mill City Times website and weekly newsletter, which has mobilized the Mill District residents on important civic issues, such as the proposed Crown Hydro project. He is Chair of the Mill District Neighborhood Association, he is a member of the Central Riverfront Regional Park Master Planning Citizens Advisory Committee, and he served as Campaign Chair for Jacob Frey’s successful run for the Minneapolis City Council.
David is also a businessman and community activist who would bring enormous energy and passion to the DMNA board. He is a self-made CEO, who started a software company at his kitchen table and grew it into a company with annual revenue of $9 million, employing 75 software engineers.
David will use his experience with Mill City Times and the Mill District Neighborhood Association to build real community engagement Downtown, so that everyone who lives or works Downtown has a seat at the table on the issues and projects that will shape our neighborhood for decades to come.
Call to action - we need your votes. There are four seats up for election to the DMNA Board of Directors. This means if you live or work in the Downtown East/Mill District or Downtown West neighborhoods you have 4 votes, one for each seat.
Make Sure We Have a Seat at the Table. From redevelopment of the area surrounding the new Vikings Stadium, to the creation of a new Central Riverfront Master Plan, and the infill development already planned, you can ensure our neighborhoods have a seat at the table. Make note of their names – Nick, Ken, Carletta & David – and use all four votes!
Each week we provide an easy to reference list of events and activities for the week ahead in the Historic Mill District and Minneapolis Riverfront Neighborhoods. Have an event to share? Submit your events here...
Monday, October 20
- October 20, 2014, Monday - Minneapolis Riverfront Summit at Mill City Museum
- October 20, 2014, Monday - An Evening with Shawn Phillips at The Guthrie
Tuesday, October 21
- October 21, 2014, Tuesday - Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Assoc Annual Meeting at The Depot
- October 21, 2014, Tuesday - Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Public Meeting
Wednesday, October 22
- October 22, 2014, Wednesday - Minneapolis Park and Rec Board Meeting
- October 22, 2014, Wednesday - 2014 Celebrity Lip Sync for Smiles at Muse
Thursday, October 23
- October 23, 2014, Thursday - Family Storytime at Central Library (Thursdays thru November 20)
- October 23, 2014, Thursday - Water Works Public Open House at Mill City Museum
- October 23, 2014, Thursday - Twin Cities Horror Festival III at Southern Theater (runs thru Nov 2)
Friday, October 24
Saturday, October 25
- October 25, 2014, Saturday - Mill City Harvest Family Day at Mill City Museum
- October 25, 2014, Saturday - National Theatre Live: Frankenstein at St. Anthony Main Theatre
- October 25, 2014, Saturday - Mill City Farmers Market
- October 25, 2014, Saturday - Make a Spooky Boooooooo-k! at MCBA
Sunday, October 26
October 18 at the Mill City Farmers Market.
Boot cuffs from The Abbey add color and help keep you warm. :)
New item from Barkley's Bistro - Cranberry Wild Rice Treats.
Picked up another new ornament for our Christmas tree - this time from Fringe and Fettle Ceramics.
The following parkways will be temporarily closed October 18 from 7:00am to 11:00am for The Big Gay Race:
West River Parkway - Main Street - Stone Arch Bridge
Please note, the duration of the closures is subject to change based on the event's start and finish times.
A complete list of current and upcoming parkway closures is available online.
The Charlie Awards is a Twin Cities event that recognizes the exceptional contributions that our metro area restaurant, food and drink industry make to ensure a diverse, vibrant and creative Twin Cities lifestyle and economy.
Here's how it works:
Find your favorite restaurants and food trucks online, try the food item they've chosen, then vote for which item(s) you believe should receive the 2013 Charlie Award for “Outstanding Food Item.”
To cast your vote, simply click on the restaurant and/or food truck, which are organized by neighborhood. Restaurants participating in and around our neighborhood are listed in the Downtown Minneapolissection, including Sea Change, Spoonriver, The Bachelor Farmer, Zen Box, Sawatdee, Red Stag and Gorkha Palace.
The 4rd Annual Charlie Awards will be held on Sunday, November 16, at the Pantages Theatre.