Investing for vitality
Certification, new network propel Diversity Institute forward
Certified Access Academy helps one business leader take on the complexities of certification.Read moreabout Certification, new network propel Diversity Institute forward
Elevate Hennepin helps Balloon Fancy ‘blow up’
Elevate Hennepin advisors help Balloon Fancy founder systematize her business.Read moreabout Elevate Hennepin helps Balloon Fancy ‘blow up’
Mx. founder taps Elevate for ‘everything’ to start their business
When launching their business, LJ Bauermeister did a lot of learning on the fly, then found Elevate Hennepin and a team of trusted, professional advisors.Read moreabout Mx. founder taps Elevate for ‘everything’ to start their business
Coliseum project highlights power of equitable development
County funding helps bring new life to historic Lake Street buildingRead moreabout Coliseum project highlights power of equitable development
Business Advisory Council
Supporting businesses through COVID-19Read moreabout Business Advisory Council
Community Asset Transition (CAT) Fund
Supporting community ownership and affordability of property following civil unrestRead moreabout Community Asset Transition (CAT) Fund
Elevate advisor spotlight: Davis Law Office
Meet one of Hennepin County's free business advisorsRead moreabout Elevate advisor spotlight: Davis Law Office
Events and resources for small businesses
Find the resources your business needsRead moreabout Events and resources for small businesses
Growing into the future
We're preparing for the future in our 2040 comprehensive planRead moreabout Growing into the future
Hungry for more
CEO Next satisfies appetite for business growth for K-Mama SauceRead moreabout Hungry for more
Innovation on tap
Early support of Surly Brewing helped create the ultimate Twin Cities BreweryRead moreabout Innovation on tap
A life line for entrepreneurs
Open to business program opens doors for Pimento Jamaican KitchenRead moreabout A life line for entrepreneurs
Supporting business districts through COVID-19Read moreabout Love Local
Partnering to maximize community and economic benefits of Bus Rapid TransitRead moreabout Moving forward
Path to the Midtown Greenway
Revival of a community assetRead moreabout Path to the Midtown Greenway
Remodeling a home improvement business
CEO Next Business Institute helps build AMEK constructionRead moreabout Remodeling a home improvement business
Small Business Relief Fund impacts
Outcomes and data on direct emergency financial relief to businesses impacted by COVID-19Read moreabout Small Business Relief Fund impacts
Equity Matters project takes root with predevelopment assistance
Emerging developer transforms vacant lot down the streetRead moreabout Equity Matters project takes root with predevelopment assistance
Driving development near transit
To date, we've invested $39 million in 136 projects contributing to:
2.1 million +
square feet of new or retained commercial and office space
More than $1 billion
in leveraged funding
new or retained housing units
new or retained jobs
We support a full range of affordable housing options throughout Hennepin County. Since 2010, we've invested $59 million through our HOME and AHIF programs, creating or preserving 6,344 units of affordable housing.
We've awarded 370 Environmental Response Fund Grants totaling more than $51 million, leveraging $1.7 billion in private investment.
We've invested $1.1 million in projects to support land use planning and redevelopment efforts in commercial corridors and downtowns throughout the county.
Supporting small businesses
Small businesses are the foundation of our resilient economy. They create two out of every three jobs and reflect our growing diversity. Through the Open to Business program, small businesses of all types can access the resources and expertise they need to grow.
small businesses served
in direct and facilitated financing
hours of technical service
Mapping growth and investment
The Community Development Investments and Property Trends Tool is an interactive mapping application that shows Hennepin County Community and Economic Development program investments and changes in property values over time.
Learn about the tool methodology (DOCX)
Investing in communities
Since 2005, Hennepin County has invested more than $172 million in hundreds of planning and development projects. 75% of these projects have been in low- and moderate-income communities where the average household earns less than 80% of the area median income.
Tracking development near light rail
Compared to Hennepin County as a whole, properties in light rail corridors see more property improvements, higher growth in estimated market value, and greater increase in property taxes paid.
Learn more about development and property trends in light rail corridors (DOCX).