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As we look back at the past year, it’s important to think about how the past year set us up for success in the year to come. Our work at the MDID continues to grow, evolve and serve our community thanks to great partnerships and collaborations.

One key component of our downtown’s vibrancy is the continued development boom and projects that show the great investment and opportunity being placed in our city’s core. Last year, we led in collaboration with the mpls downtown council and Meet Minneapolis to launch The Minneapolis Big Build, which is a communication campaign tool helping people see what two dozen construction projects totaling $2 billion in development is working toward. Last year, Nicollet Mall hit several construction milestones (see page 9), and the project is scheduled to be substantially complete by the end of 2017. As projects continue to wrap up—ushering in new experiences for all across our downtown—we will continue updating you both through on-site signage and at the www.mplsbuild.com website to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.

Downtown’s neighborhoods are continuing to change. We saw the rise of East Town in 2016, and as different areas of town grow and develop MDID evolves as well. The key component of our future is ensuring we serve our district to the best of our abilities. Continue to look for our ambassadors to assist pedestrians and handle green, clean and safety duties on the street, and watch as the livability team works to provide resources and connections to those in need. In this book, look for how our annual Perception Survey identified how you feel about our downtown and how it impacts our overall initiatives and programming.

We value our partnerships throughout downtown—many of which are highlighted in this Annual Report—and we are excited about the possibilities of what those partnerships could create moving forward. We continue to work closely and align with the mpls downtown council’s Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan in an effort to aid the progression of greening and public realm improvements, transportation and overall downtown experience. These initiatives overlap and impact how we enjoy downtown on a day-to-day basis.

We appreciate all of your work in helping keep downtown a vibrant, vital, energetic place to be. As we look forward to the year ahead, we are excited about the opportunities in front of us and will continue working with you to keep our city an attractive place to live, do business and visit year-round.