New Stadium Deal Promises Jobs for North Minneapolis Residents

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Click Picture to watch interview with City Council member Don Samuels

Minneapolis Mayor RT Ryback delivered Governor Dayton a stadium deal that claimed to have the support of seven of the thirteen City Council members. Rather than divulging who said yes and no, city leaders rushed to point out the job creating benefits this new deal would provide. That’s particularly important to 5th Ward City Council member Don Samuels. His constituents have an unfair portion of the unemployment rate. According to him, they will be recruiting actively from Summit Academy Opportunity Industrialization Center, who are ready and waiting for good paying construction jobs.

Samuels says, “I don’t have to sell my constituents on this bill. They are already for it.”

It remains to be seen whether or not the bill will see the light of day in the MN Legislature; the support of city council was crucial. Now that the city has signed on, will potential workers in North Minneapolis reap the benefits? Residents have been promised many job creating opportunities through West Broadway Revitalization Project and a promise to build a new YMCA facility. Many community leaders feel those efforts have sputtered. Hopefully, for Samuels and North Minneapolis residents, this new stadium will be the job creator it says it will be.

Allison Herrera

Allison Herrera, originally from San Luis Obispo, Calif.,  studied media and Spanish at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., where she earned her bachelor s. Since moving to the Twin Cities, she has been a news producer for KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio, communications coordinator for Twin Cities Public Television's arts series MN Original, and producer for the Association of Minnesota Public and Educational Radios Stations for the series MN90: Minnesota History in 90 Seconds.

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