Information on Minnesota State Agencies, Boards, Task Forces, and Commissions
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Urban Initiative Board
Function: Investigate and evaluate methods to enhance urban development, particularly methods relating to economic diversification through minority business enterprises and job creation for minority and other persons in low-income areas.
The Urban Initiative Program was created in 1993 to strengthen minority enterprise development, encourage private investment, create jobs and promote economic development in low-income areas of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the suburbs of Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Columbia Heights, Coates, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Lauderdale, Lexington, Mendota, Miesville, New Germany, New Brighton, New Hope, Newport, Richfield, Spring Lake Park, South St. Paul and West St. Paul. The program accomplishes these goals by making loans to new and expanding businesses in these targeted cities.
2016 Minn. Laws Chap. 189 Art. 7 Sec. 37 repeals the Urban Initiative Board and indicates that it is being replaced by the Minnesota Emerging Entrepreneur Program. The change was effective July 1, 2016.
11 members (8 public members, representatives of minority business enterprises; commissioners of trade and economic development, jobs and training; chair of Metropolitan Council).
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