African Economic Development Solutions

African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS) builds wealth within African immigrant and Black heritage communities through our economic development activities, including business development training, homeownership education, technical assistance and transforms built environments to facilitate healthy, vibrant communities. At AEDS we also take pride in our focus on arts and culture as a tool for community development, and utilizing creative placemaking efforts in the Little Africa business and culture district to cultivate long-lasting relationships with African artists, business owners, and community members for sustainable and equitable economic development.

Asian Economic Development Association

AEDA’s mission is to increase economic opportunities for Asian Americans.

Asian Economic Development Association was created to expand opportunities for economic success for low-income Asian Americans in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Twin Cities. Our programs help lift people out of poverty and achieve economic stability. We focus on helping our communities create jobs through small business development; achieve financial capability through financial education and access to credit; champion more vibrant neighborhoods through arts and culture; and attain racial justice and economic inclusion through advocacy.

Little Africa

Little Africa is a business, arts and culture district centered on Snelling Avenue in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood. It begins at University & Snelling, stretching down Snelling until Minnehaha Ave, and includes African restaurants in nearby parts of St. Paul, and two other nodes as well (throughout Minneapolis Brooklyn Park/Center). It includes at least 20 West and East African businesses on Snelling alone, celebrating the diversity of African cultures through public arts events, murals, and the annual summertime Little Africa festival.

Little Mekong

Little Mekong is the Asian business and cultural district in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Located between Mackubin and Galtier streets along University Avenue, the district boasts a diversity of cultures, top rated restaurants and unique shopping experiences. Visitors come to Little Mekong to experience the unique culture and flavors of Southeast Asia.

An initiative of the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA), Little Mekong’s mission is to develop the area around University Avenue and Western Avenue as an attractive destination for visitors and residents; to support and promote businesses; to share cultural traditions and activities; and to create a living, breathing, colorful district for all to enjoy. The district’s names derives from the Mekong River, which flows from China through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and connects the cultures of Southeast Asia.

The neighborhoods around Little Mekong include Frogtown and Summit-University. Little Mekong is easily accessible from I-94 via the Dale Street and Marion Street exits.

Local Initiative Support Corporation

LISC invests capital and support collaboration to produce affordable homes and vibrant commercial and public spaces, and to promote economic development, arts & culture, and health in communities. And….greater scale.

West Bank Business Association

WBBA exists to engage the business community in the responsible economic development of the West Bank district while preserving the unique character and heritage of the Cedar-Riverside area.

Our vision:

We aim to support local, independent businesses & retailers,
We will nurture green space in our community,
We show our value of the creative entertainment district by promoting & supporting the arts,
We preserve the area’s unique charms,
We cultivate the West Bank district as fun, vibrant, & easily navigable,
We support holistic, community-led development reflective & aligned with our neighborhood’s wants & needs.
We collaborate with our community partners to achieve neighborhood-wide initiatives that benefit the district as a whole

West Bank Neighborhood

The West Bank (Cedar-Riverside) neighborhood is a diverse community on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Bordered by the Mississippi River, I94, and I35W and with access to both Green and Blue Line lightrail, the district features bars, theaters, restaurants educational institutions, parks, community centers, and a variety of nonprofits.

Hennepin County Library

Hennepin County Library is a national leader of library service, innovation and excellence. Our 41 libraries, website and outreach services serve 1.2 million county residents over 611 square miles.


Northern is a roving, collaborative, interactive media-oriented arts agency from the Twin Cities for the world. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment.