City Council approves nomination of new Community Planning and Economic Development director

Today, the City Council has approved the nomination of Craig Taylor as the new Director of the Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) Department at the City of Minneapolis.

Taylor served as the Executive Director of the Office for Business & Community Economic Development and the Business & Technology Center at the University of Minnesota for the past 12 years. Prior to that, he was manager of Corporate Small Business Development at Xcel Energy. He began his career managing the employment and training program for the Minneapolis Urban League.

This is a return to the City of Minneapolis for Taylor. He worked four years in the Office of Women & Minority Business Enterprise, including two years as interim director.

"The opportunity to serve my community in a key leadership role at CPED is not only an honor and a privilege but, I am inspired at the thought of being in a position that will be instrumental in contributing to the success and future of our city,” Taylor said.

Taylor has also served on the boards of some organizations and non-profits, including the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce, the Vikings Stadium Authority-Implementation Committee, the National Association of Minority Contractors (where he served as the foundation’s vice president) and the Minnesota Business League. He’s also received numerous awards, including the Minnesota Business Journal Business Advocate of the Year in 2010. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Government, both from the University of Minnesota.

Taylor is set to begin work at the City on Friday, Aug. 29.


Published Aug 1, 2014