News from the Creative Enterprise Zone
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In This Issue:
  • What's In Store for You at the Next Give & Take? Who Will Inspire You?
  • Friendly Streets in the CEZ
  • What are Developers Thinking in the Zone?
  • Give to the Max, Support our Work
  • Grab a Free Growler from Bang Brewery
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TU Dance to Host Give & Take

Special Presentations from Bang Brewery, Midwest Floating Islands

Wednesday, October 30
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30)
TU Dance, 2121 University Ave.
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It’s a simple and inspiring way to celebrate creativity & connect with others in your community. Over the course of two years more than 1500 people have attended Give & Takes. In the process they make new connections, spark ideas and initiate collaboration, helping to reweave the social fabric of their communities.

The upcoming Give & Take will take place in and showcase the Creative Enterprise Zone. Located mid-way between St. Paul and Minneapolis, and traditionally home to makers of all kinds, it’s a natural destination an event focused on creativity and collaboration. The Creative Enterprise Zone has the goal to be a recognized center of creativity and enterprise, a place where more people make a living by their creative capacities. As all of the presenters will demonstrate, this community is dynamic, intriguing, and surprising. Join us at the beautiful space of the award-winning TU Dance.

Learn about the presenters:

TU Dance

TU Dance is an award-winning non-profit professional dance organization founded in 2004 by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands. The Minnesota-based company reaches across dance styles, drawing on a broad range of dance traditions from contemporary ballet to modern and traditional forms. TU Dance’s work aims to reveal the connective power of dance, celebrating a beautiful diversity on stage. In its first few seasons, TU Dance has premiered a compelling repertory of new work by choreographer Uri Sands, named as one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for 2005, and recipient of the inaugural 2005 Princess Grace Award in choreography. The company has also premiered work by leading American choreographers such as Camille Brown, Dwight Rhoden and Ronald K. Brown.

Bang Brewery

The Creative Enterprise Zone is quickly becoming a destination for upstart microbreweries, and Bang Brewery at 2325 Capp Road is setting the trend. With the official opening of their taproom last month, Jay and Sandy Boss Febbo’s Bang Brewery became the first of several planned breweries to open their doors in the area. They are brewing delicious all organic beers in their circular metal prefab building reminiscent of a grain bin. The CEZ-based firm Alchemy Architects designed the energy efficient structure that allows patrons to enjoy a freshly poured beer in the same room in which it was brewed. 

Midwest Floating Islands

An innovative company in the Creative Enterprise Zone is making waves in the effort to preserve the health and integrity of natural bodies of water throughout the region. Midwest Floating Islands, LLC specializes in manufacturing and distributing BioHaven® floating islands. These man-made islands are made of recycled bottles and “bio-mimic” natural floating wetlands in cleaning nutrient-polluted waters and providing habitat for fish, waterfowl and other aquatic species. They are being used all over the region to revive sick lakes, and strengthen the bio-ecosystems of other bodies of water.

How Can Raymond Avenue Better Serve You?

If you live or work in the Creative Enterprise Zone, it’s likely you travel on Raymond Avenue at least occasionally, if not daily. Being the only North to South route across the rail yard between Hwy 280 and Snelling Ave, it’s a vital neighborhood transitway for both businesses and residents. You’ve probably already noticed construction between University and Hampden Avenues. This is only the first phase of a three-part project that will reconstruct Raymond all the way to Como Ave.

If you regularly use this road, we think you should have a say in the outcome of this federally-funded construction project. Maybe you bike down Raymond to get to work, maybe you drive on it to get home in the evening, maybe your business has trucks that use it to get your products to customers.  However you use it, your input should be considered in the final plans.

The St. Anthony Park Community Council teamed up with the Friendly Streets Initiative to host two block parties where residents and business owners can provide input on the project. If you weren’t able to make it, there is still a chance to make your opinion count. Take this online survey  about what you think Raymond Ave. should be. One section of the survey that might be of particular interest to Creative Enterprise Zone members deals with public art and creative messaging along the boulevard. The results of the survey will be translated into an official report that the city will use to inform the plans for the reconstruction of Raymond Ave.  

What are Developers Thinking and What does it Mean for the CEZ?

By: Jon Schumacher, St. Anthony Park Foundation

The Creative Enterprise Zone Action Team recently organized a meeting to bring together property owners and developers from the immediate vicinity around Raymond Ave Station to find common ground for the future development of the area. In general, many of them seem to be taking a wait and see attitude about their plans to build on existing sites.

While the meeting began with suggestions of what was missing—coffee shops, restaurants, other retail and anchor tenants looking for space—Steve Wellington, of the prolific Twin Cities development company Wellington Management, Inc, reminded the group that the area has a lot of things going for it.

Obviously, the number one asset is the location. But there is some solid retail space and sites that have real potential for a variety of uses. The parking lots directly south of the station and even the US Bank parking lot a half block away could be used for temporary events like a Farmer’s Market or food trucks that could supplement the existing options and get people out on the streets. It would also send the message to new retailers that this is a viable area.

When you look at the developments over the past years starting with Emerald Gardens to the west, the Carleton Lofts/Lyric and more recently, the C&E building, then add in rehabs and existing buildings owned by neighbors with history and a real affinity for the area, you have a solid nucleus on which to, literally, build. More importantly, you have stakeholders who want to bring quality projects to enhance the current character and economy of the CEZ.

During the meeting, there were ideas floated for community building and branding projects, joint efforts to add landscaping and public art, and a willingness to talk further about more substantial strategies. Everyone in the room was challenged to think bigger and bolder, to take advantage of opportunities that exist and to create new ones by thinking outside of the box.

It’s less a call to “build it and they will come” and more an encouragement to seek those prospective tenants and partners who would be a good fit for a unique emerging community with a lot of upside. This area stands to be a livable neighborhood where industry, innovation, and creativity work together to build a new template for urban success. That is an exciting prospect.

Support the CEZ on Give to the Max Day

November 14
We're raising funds for the Creative Enterprise Zone to support our events, branding and outreach. We're excited to announce that we've got a match this year for the Give to the Max Day on November 14--an annual online extravaganza of giving.  This year, we have a special $2000 match from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation  to match contributions for the Creative Enterprise Zone via the St. Anthony Park Community Council.  At the end of Give to the Max Day, one donation from across Minnesota will be randomly selected for a $10,000 gift. Your contribution helps increase our odds on November 14 and every dollar helps bring us that much closer to realizing the goals and aspirations for this uniquely creative community. So put a reminder on your calendar for November 14 to help us make the match by going to our GiveMN page.

We're Moving on Facebook

We have launched a new Facebook group page for the Creative Enterprise Zone and need your help recruiting members. If you haven't joined yet, now is a great time to do it. While you’re at it, invite five of your neighbors to join, too. It will now be much easier for you to connect directly with others in the Zone.

In addition to getting information out about the extraordinary people, projects and activities going on in the Creative Enterprise Zone, we hope this page will serve as a point of connection and collaboration. This is a group for and of creative entrepreneurs. Use it however will be most beneficial to you and the creative community around you.

Host a Pop-up Mixer With a Free Growler From Bang

In our continued effort to build community and promote collaboration in the Creative Enterprise Zone, we are proud to launch the Pop-up Mixer initiative in conjunction with Bang Brewery. Let us know you are interested in hosting one and we’ll give you a Mixer Certificate, which you can bring to Bang Brewery to receive a free Growler of beer. On the certificate are five questions to juice-up your party. Use it as an opportunity to invite a small group together: collaborators, neighbors, customers or friends—anyone who lives, works and plays in the Creative Enterprise Zone.

In return, we ask you to take a few notes to document your conversation, snap a photo of your group in action and tell us who participated. We’ll post your submission on our website to highlight the creative people in our neighborhood and spark further discussion. Email to set up your mixer today!

What Would You Like To See in These Mailings?

Have an idea for a business or artist to feature in a Creative Enterprise Zone Newsletter?  Maybe there are other interesting facets of the community you think deserve attention. What information would you like more of? Please feel free to email with any recommendations for these mailings. We do them for you and want nothing more than to give you what you want.

The Creative Enterprise Zone, located mid-city between Saint Paul and Minneapolis, has the goal to be a recognized center of creativity and enterprise, a place where people make a living by their creative capacities.  Our vision is rooted in the idea that creative work is both necessary and satisfying. That an increasing number of people make a living through their creative capacities, enhancing productivity and innovation. And that the Zone will become an even more desirable place to live and work because of our vibrant mix of people and ideas.

The Creative Enterprise Zone is a supportive coalition of organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to accomplish these basic goals:

  • Stabilize conditions in which creative enterprises, industries, artists, non-profits, and residents flourish.
  • Connect creative enterprises, industries, artists, non-profits, and residents.
  • Collaborate, cross-pollinate ideas, and share common interests.
  • Build the physical infrastructure, spaces, and places that support our vision.
  • Promote a distinctive identity that expresses the unique nature of the district.
  • Encourage others to collaborate with us in achieving our goals.

Be sure to visit our website to learn more. Peruse the Creative Rolodex to connect with other artists and entrepreneurs in your neighborhood and don't forget to add yourself, your business or organization if you aren't already there.

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