Reminder: Register today for June 17th Funders Collaborative Finale

May 11, 2016

About Community, Not a Commute
For nearly a decade, the Funders Collaborative and our partners have worked together to capitalize on the Green Line’s potential for benefiting the people and places along the corridor.  Join us on June 17th for our final celebration with a series of events beginning at the Southern Theater with special guests, The Theater of Public Policy as we celebrate and share the lessons learned, relive the many stories, and reflect on accomplishments.

Click here to RSVP by Thursday, June 2nd. 

Then hop on the train to participate in one of four Green Line adventures that will give a glimpse into the future.  After the tours, you’re invited to return to the Southern Theater for “A Taste of the Green Line” lunch that will feature cuisine from across the corridor and globe!


Date: Friday, June 17, 2016

Time, Event, & Locations:

8:00 am – 10:00 am: Breakfast program at the Southern Theater, 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454 (Continental breakfast will be served 8-8:30, Program at 8:30)

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Green Line Adventures (mobile tours). Each tour will depart from and return to the Southern Theater via the Green Line LRT (West Bank station.)  In your registration, please rank your tour choices 1 – 4 (1= top choice.)  We will do our best to accommodate your preferences, but need to ensure balanced participation in each tour. Thanks for your understanding!

  • Tour 1: University Avenue Innovation District (Prospect Park Station) – Learn about a community’s vision, now supported by dozens of public and private partners, that will transform 370 underdeveloped acres into a sustainable and equitable district to live, work, learn, research and engage.
  • Tour 2: Creative Enterprise Zone: We Make it Here (Raymond Ave Station) – The Creative Enterprise Zone is home to a wide variety of creative businesses—from artists to architects, entrepreneurs to manufacturers.  Learn how partners are connecting creative enterprises to new business and working with property owners to attract additional creative tenants.
  • Tour 3: Little Africa (Snelling Ave Station) – Located in Saint Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood, Little Africa is more than a collection of businesses – it’s also a movement to celebrate the city’s diverse African communities. On this tour, you’ll experience the rich aromas of traditional Ethiopian coffee and vibrant arts initiatives that amplify Little Africa’s spirit, while hearing from small business owners, artists, and others working to solidify Little Africa’s position as an emerging business and cultural district.
  • Tour 4: Hamline Station (Hamline Station) – Located at its namesake Hamline Station, this recently opened development by Project for Pride in Living includes 108 units (studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments) affordable to households earning 30 to 60% of the area median income, with ground-floor commercial space. PPL staff will describe what it took to get the project done, showcase the public plaza, and share plans for an on-site center that will provide residents and other neighbors with employment and financial coaching.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm:  A Taste of the Green Line lunch at the Southern Theater, 1420 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454.  Enjoy a buffet style lunch featuring an array of foods from corridor restaurants.

Directions to the Southern Theater

By transit:  Exit at the West Bank Station and take elevator or stairs up to Cedar Ave, walk north (i.e. turn right) on Cedar Ave, follow the curve and the Southern Theater will be on your right.

By car: Accessible by I-94 and I-35W, you can find detailed driving directions here: Parking is available for $5.00 at the Interstate Parking 7 Corners Ramp (1800 Washington Avenue South) located at the Courtyard Marriott hotel.

All are welcome.  Please invite others who may be interested in these events.  

Please RSVP for each event via this link by Thursday, June 2, 2016.  

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