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Get to know the Main Street Review Panel!

Updated: Sep 22, 2022

This spring, 38th Street United (38SU) selected seven community members to serve on the 38th Street United Review Panel. Along with two ongoing 38SU members, these seven panelists are charged with reviewing local applications for the Main Street Revitalization Program and recommending which projects should receive resources.

The Minneapolis Foundation, LISC-Twin Cities, and Propel Nonprofits received $18 million in Main Street funding through the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development. Now, the funders are partnering with hyper-local groups to ensure that funds benefit community-based projects, with a focus on BIPOC-led businesses and initiatives. 38th Street United is the local partner for applications in the 38th Street Cultural Corridor. (The Lake Street Council and West Broadway Area Business Association are reviewing applications from the Lake Street and West Broadway corridors, respectively.)

Who is on the 38th Street United Review Panel?

  • Titilayo Bediako | Long-time Central resident and Executive Director of WE WIN Institute

  • Cara Carlson | Long-time Powderhorn Park resident, founder of Anam Cara Therapies, and volunteer with the Cultural Wellness Center.

  • Sayge Carroll | 38th Street resident, community artist, advocate, and founder of Art Church.

  • Marie Denholm | Long-time Powderhorn Park resident and community volunteer.

  • Susan Heineman | 38th Street resident and Vice-President of the Bancroft Neighborhood Association Board

  • Valentina McKenzie | Corcoran resident, community organizer, and staff person at Reclaim the Block

  • Tabitha Montgomery | Executive Director of the Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA)

  • Nesret Theba | Former Powderhorn Park Resident, current partner with ATJW LLC, owner of commercial real estate along 38th Street

Update on Applications

The 38th Street United Review Panel has received six applications for redevelopment or economic recovery projects near the 38th Street Cultural Corridor. Around 50 applications have been submitted for projects along three Minneapolis cultural corridors in total.

If you are interested in learning more or applying for the Main Street Revitalization Program, click here! Limited funds available, but applications are still being accepted on a rolling basis. Apply soon for your best chances at being funded.


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