Monday, July 23, 2018
Key Southwest light rail agreement allows transit to share corridor with freight rail
This past week, one of the largest obstacles for the Southwest Light Rail Line was cleared when a pact struck with Glencoe-based Twin Cities & Western Railroad would allow the line to share part of the corridor with freight trains. While the deal still needs to be approved by the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority and the federal Surface Transportation Board, this is a great step towards making our region more accessible and successful.

You can read more about the agreement in this Star Tribune article .
Twin Cities home prices hit record as buying cooled
Housing costs continue to rise in the MSP region. According the the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Jornal, "Home sellers continued to benefit, but buyers held back in June as the inventory of homes for sale fell short of demand. The Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors June report on the housing market said that the median price of homes sold reached $271,900."

We must invest in not only housing, but also affordable housing if we want to keep our region competitive and ensure future success.

Learn more about the shortage of housing in this Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article .
Everything you need to know about the Twin Cities’ new rental scooters
Not long ago, Bird scooters launched in the MSP region. As the Minneapolis City Council considers imposing rules to govern this latest form of transportation, here's an article from MinnPost on what you need to know about the vehicles.

Farrell's North Loop launches Corporate Discount Program
Farrell's North Loop location has launched a Coprorate Discount Program. Through the program, they offer a variety of discounted options for businesses and their employees. These offers include:
  • A 25% discount on the standard rate for Farrell’s North Loop Service. Service is defined as: Any Platinum or Gold one-year membership or 10 Week Challenge Silver Membership.
  • Free Class for your team of employees with the gym all to yourself. Call to schedule a one hour class time.  

Learn more about how you can participate here or by contacting Casey Bloemke at or call 612-584-1599 .
Are you an Innovator in Science & Technology? Apply Now for the 2018 Minnesota Tekne Awards
The Minnesota High Tech Association is inviting innovators in science and technology from across the state to apply for the prestigious Minnesota High Tech Association Tekne Awards. Applications are now being accepted through Aug. 3, 2018.

The Nerdery Appoints New CEO Adrian Slobin
The Nerdery this week announced that its co-founders have appointed Adrian Slobin, current Chief Strategy and Operating Officer, as the company's new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

As CEO, Slobin will assume leadership of The Nerdery and lead the company through the next phase of its evolution towards a strategic, technology- and experience-led consultancy. Since the company was founded in 2003, The Nerdery has evolved from designing and building software products to advising enterprises on achieving business outcomes, regardless of the scale of transformation.

Wednesday, July 25 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Dakota Jazz Club

Companies are often recognized for their corporate ethics. How do ethics impact policy and procedures as well as decision making? At the next DRIVE Leadership Luncheon, our panelists will discuss corporate ethics, being an ethical leader and the challenges that occur when personal and business ethics are in conflict. Join the conversation and register today.

Dawn Elm | Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics & Leadership, University of St. Thomas
David Rodbourne | Principal Consultant, DHR Consulting & Associates
Suzan McGinnis | Director of Ethics, Target

Thank you to our presenting sponsor Be The Match , and our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy , Minnesota Timberwolves , and U.S. Bank .
Friday, August 3 | 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. | Wells Fargo Center 3rd Floor

The Minneapolis Public School District faces several obstacles including the passage of the upcoming referendum, deepening equity gaps and special education cross subsidy funding. Superintendent Ed Graff will talk about these issues and what the administration is doing to make change. Graff will also discuss why the business community should be concerned and why they should actively engage with the district to solve for these problems.

Thank you to our series sponsors CenterPoint Energy and Wells Fargo.
Thursday, August 9 | 3:30 - 6:00 pm | Elsie's Restaurant, Bar & Bowling

Marketing, the act of connecting your product and services with customers, is a rapidly changing and always evolving discipline. Whether using digital platforms to build influence or re-imagining traditional marketing methods, how you market your business can be huge determinant of success. Our panelists will discuss methods they have used to market their businesses and share what has worked for them.

The program will be followed by a happy hour. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

Dr. Simone Xavier, Chief Creative Officer, Sigma Beauty
Ben Gregory, Strategy Director, BIG – Brand Innovation Group
Mike Schwandt, Marketing & Communications, Bauhaus
Moderator: Buffie Blesi, CEO & Owner, We Spark Growth

Thank you to our sponsors UPS and Northeast Bank .
Last week we were with Nebraska-based Commercial Investment Properties as they celebrated the grand opening of The Preserve at Normandale Lake in Bloomington with Mayor Winstead cutting the ribbon!

The Works Museum's Bloomington Summer Pass
The Works Museum and the Bloomington Chamber are offering an unlimited admission summer pass. The pass includes two adults and up to four children under the age of 18. The pass is for families who either live, work or attend school in Bloomington and is valid between June 11 and August 31, 2018. Passes may be purchased at The Works Museum or online. The passes are $25.99, or if you qualify for the Gateway Program subsidies, the cost is $11.99.

Purchase passes here .