Associated General Contractors of Minnesota celebrates centennial, looks to the future

When the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota was founded 100 years ago, many contractors still used horse-drawn equipment, mixed concrete by hand and assumed that some workers might not live to see the end of their project.

“It used to be taken for granted, or was not considered abnormal, to lose three or four lives on a large construction project,” Tim Worke, AGC-Minnesota’s CEO, said in an interview about AGC’s past and future. “We would never stand for that today.”

Learn more about AGC’s centennial in Finance & Commerce.

Spring construction planned for apartments near Lyn-Lake

Minneapolis-based Lupe Development Partners announced it will accelerate construction for the first phase of a 111-unit affordable apartment building near Lyn-Lake after the project received critical funding from the Metropolitan Council and the City of Minneapolis’ Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

Steve Minn, Lupe Development Partners vice president and chief financial officer, discusses the project and its focus on serving homeless veterans through a unique partnership with the nearby James Ballentine Uptown VFW Post 246.

Read more about the project in the Southwest Journal.

Minnesota is among the leaders in giving to American Indian causes

The Star Tribune highlights recent analysis from the Colorado-based nonprofit First Nations Development Institute showing Minnesota is home to six of the 30 foundations most generous to Native American causes. Between 2006 and 2014, Minnesota-based organizations gave $118.5 million to Indian Country. The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is among the most prominent givers with $18 million in gifts to Indian causes last year. The tribe’s Business Council discusses the SMSC’s approach to giving.

Learn more in the Star Tribune.

Saint Paul’s cultural districts could get boost from new comprehensive plan

The City of Saint Paul’s draft 2040 comprehensive plan calls for a new focus on 64 “neighborhood nodes.” The plan calls for easing zoning restrictions in these key intersections and destinations to promote a variety of uses.

This could mean greater public and private investment in existing cultural districts, from the District del Sol on St. Paul’s West Side to the Creative Enterprise Zone at Raymond and University avenues, as well as the creation of new ones.

Read more in the Pioneer Press.