Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Our Next Generation of Workers

Last week I was excited to attend the 2nd annual Midway Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Summit. The theme this year was talking about the next generation of workers in the Midway.   The next generation of workers will be more urban and more diverse.   

In Minnesota today, 1 out of 5 children under 4 have at lease one immigrant parent.   That's amazing. Successful companies will need to embrace ethnic and cultural diversity.  Minnesota's foreign born population has tripled since 1990, growing faster than the national average.

The millennial workers - our youngest generation working born 1982-2000 - want their company to be engaged in the community.  They want meaningful jobs that contribute to the company and to society.  They also are concerned about commuting and prefer locations that have transit options.   Maybe it's because they watched their parents suffer with long commute times!  Millennials are more likely to live in the urban core and more likely to lease their homes instead of purchasing them.

Managing and preparing for change is important to our area's success.  The summit offered a lot of amazing information and a chance to ask a lot of questions.  Thanks Midway Chamber!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Thanks ACLU - Twice

We are excited that the American Civil Liberties Union - Minnesota Foundation has renewed its lease with us.

I did a little research and the ACLU has been around since the early 1920's and the Minnesota branch was founded in 1952 as the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union.  The ACLU protects the civil liberties of all Minnesotans through litigation, public education, and lobbying. 

They do not accept government funding and they are nonpartisan.  

So thanks ACLU for the business and thanks also for being civil rights supporters. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Sneak Peek at Our Newest Project


661 LaSalle - A First Look at the New Building !!

We are excited to post the architect's rendering of the proposed building at 661 LaSalle St.  We have submitted plans for site plan review and hopefully the City will approve the project.

It will be 3 stories, roughly 7,000 sq. ft. of office space per floor.  If all goes as planned we will be able to start digging in June 2015 and finish construction in early 2016.