Cities often struggle with two distinct but related problems: Revitalizing neighborhoods and employing immigrants. Minneapolis-St. Paul has found a way to do both.
Since 1993, the Neighborhood Development Center has provided training and $11 million in loans to immigrant and minority entrepreneurs.
Every Tuesday for 10 weeks, the students came from Hopkins or nearby the west metro suburb to meet at the Eisenhower Community Center for the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative Plan It! Entrepreneur Training Program. It was the prospect of the new Southwest Corridor LRT line passing nearby that spurred Anne Beuch of the Blake Road Corridor Collaborative to reach out to Neighborhood Development Center so potential entrepreneurs could benefit from the traffic, expansion and commerce that train lines bring to a community.
Join Damien Cave and Todd Heisler as they travel up Interstate 35, from Laredo, Tex., to Duluth, Minn., chronicling how the middle of America is being changed by immigration. Follow their journey here and on Twitter by searching #thewaynorth.
As owner of a Minuteman Press franchise, Brown believes in upending the system of structural racism in hiring; he believes that after prison time, a person should have an opportunity to be considered for and even hired for a job and, most importantly, that employees should have benefits and be well paid. Read more.