Like A Lion

Join us in an urban experiment to put a locally born technology to work accelerating capital investment in our center cities.

Hoodstarter is a platform that helps community members share their thoughts, hopes, and vision for the spaces around them that they care about most. Spaces that could be as simple as one vacant storefront or a mall, or more abstract things like neighborhoods or cities.

We collect those thoughts on our site, use social media to encourage participation, and help folks like those in the room use that data to find great tenants the community supports and to help move past roadblocks that often come up.

The Center Cities Competitiveness Initiative is a new effort of the GREATER MSP Partnership to accelerate job growth and capital investment in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The initiative is led by the Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties, the Minneapolis and Saint Paul Regional Chambers of Commerce, the Saint Paul Port Authority, McKnight Foundation, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. With a priority focus on North and Northeast Minneapolis and Saint Paul's East Side and Midway areas, we are working to build and sustain prosperity through economic development.

Shared Values

Partner collaboration is focused on the following goals:

  • Capitalize on the unique brand of each city to target talent and businesses in specific U.S. and international markets.
  • Grow jobs with effective Business Retention & Expansion effort targeting economic sectors of opportunity.
  • Increase inventory of clean, shovel-ready sites.
  • Close more deals to increase job creation and capital investment.