Helping to ensure the diversity and prosperity of Lake Street in South Minneapolis.

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The Lake Street Council provides economic vitality planning and programming for the entirety of the Lake Street corridor, a six-mile long street that stretches from the Mississippi River to Lake Bde Maka Ska. As the most important commercial corridor in South Minneapolis, Lake Street is a vibrant area of economic and cultural activity for Twin Cities residents and visitors.  

As caretakers of the corridor, the Lake Street Council brings together the corridor's stakeholders - small businesses, major employers, local government, and the non-profit sector - to support and shape economic activity. We focus our efforts on: 

  • SUPPORTING AND GROWING OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES. Our one-on-one technical assistance program helps small business owners navigate challenges and take advantages of opportunities to grow. Individual marketing support provided to businesses is leveraged by our corridor marketing campaign, Visit Lake Street, which, through electronic media and tours, encourages local residents and visitors to support area businesses. We also help businesses reduce energy use and modernize their waste management systems.

  • EXPANDING ECONOMIC ACTIVITY THROUGH NEW BUSINESS GENERATION AND REAL ESTATE ACTIVATION.  Lake Street has always served as an incubator for new businesses, particularly for immigrant and minority entrepreneurs who have found the are to be a welcoming spot to open a business. The Lake Street Council facilitates business openings and expansions by working with property owners and agents, matching entrepreneurs with available space, and providing technical assistance and grants to assist with the process of opening a business. 

  • TAKING CARE OF LAKE STREET'S STREETSCAPE. Our grant programs invest in Lake Street's commercial building stock, leveraging public and private funds to eliminate blight, to increase traffic to businesses, and to pilot innovative, artist-designed building solutions. We ensure that public amenities are well-designed and maintained. Finally, we design and pursue placemaking projects that highlight our community's identity. 

  • ADVOCATING FOR PUBLIC INVESTMENT THAT WILL GROW THE LOCAL ECONOMY. Lake Street Council representatives are playing leadership roles in transforming upcoming projects at Nicollet Ave and Lake Street, Lake Street and Hiawatha Ave, and at the Lake Street and 35W intersection. These projects will shape the future of transportation and economic development in the area. In particular, we advocate for public design that preserves and supports local communities, encourages density and transit, and maximizes economic development potential. 

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