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about the mpls downtown council

mpls downtown council is a membership-based business organization that focuses on creating an extraordinary downtown for all who live, work, play and explore our city. We collaborate with public, private and non-profit organizations to create a vibrant atmosphere in our city’s core, advocate for initiatives that promote growth and stability, and aim to help create a strong, inclusive 21st Century City.

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Our members are in the heart of the action. mpls downtown council currently has approximately 380 member organizations ranging from Fortune 500s to start-up companies both downtown and throughout the Twin Cities. We have more than 25 events per year focused on networking, informing about important topics within our downtown community, and providing opportunities to engage with colleagues, clients and peers.

how to join

Is your organization interested in learning more about mpls downtown council membership? By becoming part of the mpls downtown council, you’ll have an opportunity to help create an extraordinary downtown with us while making invaluable business connections within our local community. For more information, contact our Membership Manager Marybeth Weisberg at membership@mplsdowntown.com.

what we do

Downtown Minneapolis is the economic engine for our region—and as downtown thrives, so does the city, the state and the upper Midwest. The mpls downtown council is focused on looking toward the future and ensuring Minneapolis’ downtown continues to be a strong pillar for the region now and in the future. We work with our members and partners to provide results that help downtown thrive. We collaborate, as many hands make for an easier lift. And we strive for an inclusive community within all five of our downtown neighborhoods.

our history

60 years strong

The mpls downtown council is one of the most historic central business associations in the nation. Founded in 1955, we continue to evolve and grow as an organizations—and we realize downtown continues to change through the years as well. Our mission is to continue ensuring downtown Minneapolis is competitive nationally, making it a city that attracts and retains top talent to live, work and play here.

key initiatives

Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan is our most recent 15-year work plan focused on downtown development, adding greening and public realm, enhancing the overall downtown experience, growing transportation options, ending street homelessness and establishing a festival of ideas. Our 300 volunteers help lead these initiatives, making us a strong group of workers advocating for downtown’s overall growth and vitality.

successes

The mpls downtown council is active in collaborating to create free and low-cost activities and events in Downtown Minneapolis, including Aquatennial, Holidazzle, Pianos on Parade, Go Outside with Hennepin County and many more annual favorites. The 2025 Plan has been a constant voice in the Nicollet Mall Project, building The Commons and East Town’s development, adding transit options and facilities like the LRT Green Line and Target Field Station, and much more.

downtown matters

Downtown Minneapolis encompass five neighborhoods extending to University and Plymouth avenues to the North, I-35W to the East, and I-94 to the South and West. Our neighborhoods include the Central Business District, East Town, Loring Park, North Loop and North East. We have more than 160,000 workers and roughly 40,000 downtown residents who make up this area of our city each day. Plus, downtown alone had 1.9 million hotel rooms occupied last year. Our metropolitan area welcomes 31 million visitors each year, many of whom enjoy downtown Minneapolis for entertainment, sports, dining, arts, exploring or simply taking in the sights. We are the economic engine for our region, and our efforts help create an extraordinary experience for those who live, work and play here.