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June 21, 2016 – Bike Culture: More than just spandex

June 21, 2016 – Bike Culture: More than just spandex

Laura Kling, Community Organizer, Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition; Organizer, Grease Rag; Anthony Taylor, Co-Founder, Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota; Stephanie Weir, Program Manager, St. Paul Women on Bikes; and Monica Bryand, Special Projects Manager, Cycles for Change As bicycling has grown in popularity among both recreational riders and commuters, the perception of urban bicycling has shifted for many from..
Making a Downtown Neighborhood, Downtown East and Beyond

Making a Downtown Neighborhood, Downtown East and Beyond

Jacob Frey, Minneapolis City Council Member Join us for a conversation with Jacob Frey, the Third Ward Council Member to discuss how Downtown Minneapolis is transitioning from a Business District with skyways to a series of neighborhoods with lively streets.  Jacob will discuss his perspective on the new stadium, the role of transit downtown, the resurgence..
A Little Less Urban, But No Less Current – Part 2

A Little Less Urban, But No Less Current – Part 2

Meg Beekman, Community Development Coordinator, City of Hopkins; Paul Bilotta, Director of Economic Development, City of Roseville; Marc Nevinski, Director of Planning, City of Golden Valley We live in a complex metropolitan region, far more complex than the too frequent and inaccurate claim that we are an “urban core surrounded by sprawling suburbs.” Such a..
A Little Less Urban, But No Less Current

A Little Less Urban, But No Less Current

Meg Beekman, Community Development Coordinator, City of Hopkins; Paul Bilotta, Director of Economic Development, City of Roseville; Marc Nevinski, Director of Planning, City of Golden Valley We live in a complex metropolitan region, far more complex than the too frequent and inaccurate claim that we are an “urban core surrounded by sprawling suburbs.” Such a..
Is Design Still Relevant? A Conversation On Why Capital Markets Truly Control City Building and What We Can Do About It.

Is Design Still Relevant? A Conversation On Why Capital Markets Truly Control City Building and What We Can Do About It.

Colleen Carey, president and founder of The Cornerstone Group Who REALLY shapes the cities in which we live – developers, architects, planners? Why do development projects tend to look the same? How do we support innovation and creativity and the pursuit of “something better”? Let’s have a lively conversation about how we are going to get..
Journalist’s Roundtable

Journalist’s Roundtable

David Brauer, Peter Callaghan, Bill Lindeke Get three of the Twin Cities’ top journalists in a room, give them a few topics to discuss, sit back and roll the tape. For the next several Urban Currents, we will gather three esteemed urban journalists and facilitate a wide-ranging roundtable discussion. We don’t know where it will go, but..
The Power of Voice: From EdTech to Everyone

The Power of Voice: From EdTech to Everyone

Dr. Charlie Miller, Chief Design Officer, Vidku; Jim Leslie, CEO, Vidku What do you get when a product that was never meant to become a company suddenly receives venture capital interest? The answer is simple: a company. In this story, that company is Vidku. Come meet Charlie and Jim and join the discussion about Flipgrid,..
What’s Your Story? How Storytelling Techniques Can Improve your Communications Effectiveness

What’s Your Story? How Storytelling Techniques Can Improve your Communications Effectiveness

Matt Kucharski, Executive Vice President, PadillaCRT Matt Kucharski from PadillaCRT, one of the area’s most respected communications agencies, will share examples of how some of today’s best organizations are using strategic storytelling techniques to cut through the clutter. As a member of PadillaCRT’s Executive Leadership Team, Matt wears a number of important hats. In addition..
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..