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Urban Energy for the 21st Century

Urban Energy for the 21st Century

Ani Backa, Government Affairs, Community Relations and Economic Development, Xcel Energy Energy customers – individuals, businesses, institutions and cities – are demanding their energy be produced in a more sustainable manner. For energy companies, this means moving towards renewables, solar, off the grid and other cleaner more responsible forms energy production. Ani Backa will discuss..
Our Opportunity to Make the Cities a 21st Century Hub for Manufacturing

Our Opportunity to Make the Cities a 21st Century Hub for Manufacturing

Ben VandenWymelenberg, Founder/CEO WOODCHUCK USA As we enter the third industrial revolution, boundaries between the design and manufacturing process are quickly vanishing.  Computer controlled fabrication methods together with collaborative design thinking have greatly accelerated the pace of product development; what used to take months, now takes days. Today, one can move from idea to market..
New Ways to Do Co-Working Spaces: Art, Inspiration, and the MIA

New Ways to Do Co-Working Spaces: Art, Inspiration, and the MIA

Sarah Lutman, Principal, Lutman & Associates In 2012 the Minneapolis Institute of Arts published DNA: Dynamic New Approach after considering the social, economic, demographic, technological, and political trends affecting museums. MIA leaders announced the plan, saying that a new museum model must be forged that meets the expectations of today’s audiences by offering them opportunities to..
The Forever Saint Paul Challenge

The Forever Saint Paul Challenge

Ann Mulholland, Vice President of Grants and Program, Minnesota Philanthropy Partners The Forever Saint Paul Million Dollar Challenge was an opportunity for The Saint Paul Foundation to engage the entire community in a conversation about what’s next, what matters and what big ideas can do for a community. In this presentation, Ann Mulholland will talk about..
Connecting Communities and Engaging Audiences

Connecting Communities and Engaging Audiences

Bobby Maher, co-founder of Minneapplesauce Bobby Maher has worked in marketing, development, and arts management before co-founding Minneapplesauce, an experimental web-periodical and Leav, a mobile platform for placing, viewing and sharing digital art that is both shaped by and linked to specific variables like location, time and other environmental factors.  Bobby continues to consult with..
Our Metrodome: A Retrospective

Our Metrodome: A Retrospective

Bill Lester, Former Executive Director, Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission For 25 years as executive director of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, Bill Lester managed the Metrodome, He took over the commission in 1987, succeeding Jerry Bell, who resigned to become president of the Twins. Before joining the commission, he worked for the Metropolitan Council for 11..
The Twin Cities Identity Crisis

The Twin Cities Identity Crisis

Jay Walljaspe Twin Cities, we have a problem! We’re not on most people’s radar of lively, livable, progressive, prosperous places. The cities we compete with for business, jobs and well-educated young workers enjoy strong identities as attractive, interesting places. Seattle is Microsoft and Nordstrom. The Bay Area is high-tech and avant-garde. Denver is America’s beer..
Who We Are, Who We Will Be

Who We Are, Who We Will Be

Susan Brower, Minnesota State Demographer The next two decades will bring big changes to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. These changes will impact everything from how we receive Federal Funding to how funding is distributed around the state. Demographic changes will impact education, health, and our environment. Susan Brower, Minnesota’s state demographer, will discuss the..
Little Villages

Little Villages

Patrick Hanlon, CEO and Founder of THINKTOPIA At the core of every human being, is the desire to belong.  During his half-hour talk “Little Villages,” Patrick Hanlon outlines the pieces of social code that attract people to the communities we desire.  We begin to understand how the elements of creation story, creed, icons, ritual, sacred..