Minneapolis Empowerment Zone (EZ)

The Minneapolis Empowerment Zone program has expired. Content on this page is historical information only.

About The Empowerment Zone

In 1999, 6.7 square miles of Minneapolis were designated an Empowerment Zone (EZ) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). One of 15 cities to be awarded the 10-year designation, the Minneapolis EZ program aims to create sustainable communities through economic growth, affordable housing, safety, education, job training and community services. The designation of the Minneapolis EZ officially ends on December 31, 2009, although final reporting of program expenditures and outcomes will not be complete until 2010.

A final request for proposals (RFP) was issued by the Minneapolis EZ in May of 2008. In July, the EZ Governance Board approved 12 grant proposals and recommended three loan proposals to the City Council, which they subsequently approved. The EZ Governance Board also allocated $250,000 to the Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support (DFHS) for a separate RFP focused on youth violence prevention, which was issued by DFHS in August of 2008. These final RFPs are expected to fully allocate the remaining federal grant funds. The Minneapolis EZ does not expect to issue further requests for proposals.

The Minneapolis EZ was administered by the Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED) and the Minneapolis Empowerment Zone Governance Board, which includes leaders in government, business, industry, neighborhood organizations, foundations, faith based organizations and education. For further information about the program, please contact Jeff Streder, Director of Development Finance, at (612) 673-5130.

Minneapolis Empowerment Zone Maps

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Last updated Mar 13, 2012