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Business, Labor & Community Organizations Launch A New 612

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February 09, 2021
Minneapolis, Minn. — A broad-based coalition of business, labor, and community organizations today launched A New 612 – an initiative designed to position Minneapolis for a brighter future.
 
The effort will focus on rebuilding Minneapolis as a safer, stronger, more equitable, and more inclusive place. Leaders of the initiative said they will seek pragmatic solutions, open dialogue, and good government to tackle Minneapolis’ most challenging problems.
 
“A successful Twin Cities and Minnesota needs a successful Minneapolis,” said Jonathan Weinhagen, President of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber. “The members of this broad coalition don’t agree on every issue, but we do all agree that the city we love is worth fighting for. We will work together to ensure our city is safe for residents, employees, and visitors, and to support small businesses working to recover from an extremely difficult year.”
 
Initial partners of A New 612 at launch are: 
  • Camdentown
  • Greater Minneapolis BOMA
  • Hennepin Theatre Trust
  • Hospitality Minnesota
  • International Union of Painters & Allied Trades, District Council 82
  • Latino Chamber of Commerce Minnesota
  • Meet Minneapolis
  • Minneapolis Downtown Council
  • Minneapolis Regional Chamber
  • Minnesota Hmong Chamber of Commerce
  • North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters
  • Northeast Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
  • Uptown Association
  • Warehouse District Business Association 
“The role our organizations play in helping Minneapolis thrive has never been more critical,” said Adam Duininck, Director of Government Affairs for the Northern States Regional Council of Carpenters “We invite residents and organizations who want to build a better Minneapolis to join us in this effort.”
 
“A core value of our city is our desire to support one another and create a future that is stronger and more equitable across every part of Minneapolis,” said Houston White of HWMR and Camden Town. “With this coalition we want to serve as an example for what we hope for. We have a moment now to come together and get this right.”
 
“Our business, labor, and community organizations are known for resiliency, creativity, preparation, and innovation. We are working together to come out of this pandemic ready to build prosperity across our region,” said Jill Osiecki, Uptown Association Executive Director. “For Minneapolis to thrive, we believe residents, employees, and visitors must feel safe. We are committed to doing that in a way that is holistic and respects everyone in our city.”
 
Leaders of A New 612 said they are continuing to add coalition partners to their initiative. The group will speak out on behalf of the coalition on issues facing Minneapolis and engage in issue advocacy. A New 612 also plans to engage in research activities that will help define issues and understand the views of city residents. Longer-term, the initiative expects to provide a platform for conversations during the 2021 municipal elections.
 
The group launched a new website at
anew612.com. Individuals and organizations can sign-up there to stay connected with the effort.
Contact:
Moe Beyer, Director of Communications
mbeyer@mplschamber.com, 612-370-9128