Thursday, February 15, 2018
NEWS in the Region
Good Morning Minneapolis: 
Workplace Wellness
Friday, February 23 | 7:30 - 9 a.m. | Shindig | Register

Companies of all sizes are choosing to invest in employee wellness programs. Some are making environmental changes, others are developing internal policies or creating healthy living campaigns. What works the best? At the next Good Morning Minneapolis, we'll discuss the tactics and strategies available to employers that could potentially improve employee productivity, lower health care costs and improve talent retention. 

EcoVillage Apartments brings 75-units of Affordable Housing to Hawthorne Neighborhood of North Minneapolis
EcoVillage Apartments is a four-story, newly completed development project from the organization, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), bringing 75 units of affordable housing to residents making no more than 50% of the area median income. The units range in size from studio to three-bedroom, with rents from $670 - $995. Construction of EcoVillage Apartments began in October 2016 and was supported by Associated Bank, the City of Minneapolis, Dougherty Mortgage, Federal Home Loan Bank, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council, Home Depot Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, and the National Equity Fund. It is part of the Hawthorne EcoVillage, a four-block neighborhood, and located at 617 Lowry Avenue North, Minneapolis.

EcoVillage Apartments features a number of green elements: a state-of-the-art storm water management system that includes a green roof, pervious pavers and rain garden; energy-efficient mechanical systems and equipment throughout the building and in individual rental units; and bicycle racks and storage to promote both active living and alternative transportation. The property also features numerous amenities, including a playground, patio with grills, underground parking, a community room, and fitness room.
Minneapolis State of the Market
Wednesday, March 14 | 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Fifth Street Towers | More info
There's no doubt that Minneapolis -St. Paul's thriving business environment, diverse economy, educated workforce, and world-class transportation system make it a globally competitive place to invest, do business, and live, but the recent frenzy of activity has us all wondering if the market can continue to grow inline with expectations? In typical Bisnow fashion, you'll receive access to the stakeholders behind the biggest projects changing the skyline, as well the inside scoop on where the opportunities lie. 
52 pickup: a look at the Super Bowl numbers
With Super Bowl LII over and visitors out of town, the counting is just gearing up. The economic value of hosting the game and the 10 days of events leading up to it will be debated for years. The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, which organized and raised $53 million in private funding for the event, released a list of its calculations Tuesday.

Click here for the full list of statistics from the Star Tribune.
City of Bloomington Construction Updates
The City of Bloomington provides residents with a weekly update on road construction progress in the community.

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'Just business': After months of political battles, party leaders all smiles during preview of 2018 Minnesota Legislature
On Tuesday, at the start of an annual gathering of all four Minnesota legislative leaders and the governor, Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt took out his cellphone and snapped a photo of the line of reporters who had gathered in a Senate hearing room to ask questions. Then he turned the camera around on himself and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton, who was just sitting down. They wrapped their arms around each other's shoulders and grinned for a selfie, which Daudt promptly sent out over Twitter.

It was a warm moment between two men who have often been at odds over the last four years, fighting over everything from tax cuts and the state budget to how the other one conducts himself in private negotiations. "Separating the personal and the professional or political is really important," Dayton said. "I have great respect for the speaker."

Read the full article from MinnPost here.
Bids come in too high for Mall of America LRT station overhaul
The planned $25 million overhaul of the Mall of America light-rail station has been delayed several months because construction bids came in over budget. The Metropolitan Council's Transportation Committee earlier this week rejected three bids ranging from $25.2 million to $32.2 million. The amount set aside to reconstruct the dreary station on the east side of the Bloomington megamall is $22 million.

Read the full article from the Star Tribune here.
NAFTA: A vital partnership for the Midwest
The 6th round of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation is taking place in Montreal, Québec this week. It could be a decisive moment in these negotiations: several key issues are being discussed by the three Parties, and many stakeholders from the United States, Mexico and Canada are in the province's metropolis.

For instance, the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and 9 other Chambers from across the United States, joined their Canadian and Mexican counterparts at an event organized by the Montreal Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Together, 25 Chambers of commerce made a strong statement, signing a joint declaration, in support of an updated NAFTA and what it will mean in terms of job creation, innovation and competitiveness.

Read the full letter from Jean-Francois Hould, Quebec Representative in the Midwest here.