Harrison Neighborhood News and Events

Harrison is conveniently located minutes from downtown Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Farmers' Market, the Walker Arts Center, and the beaches at Cedar-Lake and is well-served by transit and has easy access to I-394/94.The neighborhood is home to the International Market Square-a regional destination that includes a large number of interior design and home / commercial designer showrooms, the American Institute of Architects Minnesota offices, and residential loft space. Harrison residents enjoy recreational opportunities at Theodore Wirth Park, Basset's Creek Park and Harrison Park-providing outdoor experiences year-round.  Housing in the neighborhood ranges from lofts to apartments to newly constructed single-family homes to turn-of-the-century houses-many available at modest prices. 

(Description from livemsp.org)

For detailed demographic information, see the neighborhood profile from Minnesota Compass


Louis King: Prepare the underemployed for jobs that will emerge as workforce ages

In the Twin Cities area between 2010 and 2040 there will be an absolute decline of 272,000 in number of working age whites and an absolute increase of 445,000 in working age people of color. Summit Academy OIC offers highly-focused, time-limited training in two fields that will definitely be hiring more workers, construction and health care, according to Summit's leader, Louis King II. About three-fourths of Summit graduates are placed in jobs today. Summit stresses the importance of getting underemployed persons permanently attached to the work world, including the essential element of networking, from which people of color were largely excluded in years past.


ProBid teaches the business side of business to minority-owned Minnesota contractors

Errol Foster (left) and Dale White, co-founders of ProBid seek to provide minority and women contractors with all the tools they need to successful bid on private and government contracts. Credit: Harry Colbert, Jr.

Possessing a skill for a trade does not necessarily mean that a person has a skill for business. And while there are many skilled African-American contractors and laborers, far too many who set out in business for themselves fail to remain in business for long due to the lack of business skills. But a Twin Cities company is hoping to equip these budding entrepreneurs with the tools to run thriving, successful businesses.


Inspired by Rotarian who helped him finish high school in Liberia, James Kpoto has high hopes for new North Minneapolis Rotary Club

The Kpoto family. Front row: James, Theresa, Ambrose. Back row from left: Arnold, Adeyneous, Abraham, and Alvin.

“When the war started, I lost everything. But his address stayed in my brain.”


NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Harrison Neighborhood Association seeking new director

A Thanksgiving celebration in the Harrison neighborhood. Photo courtesy Harrison Neighborhood Association.

The Harrison Neighborhood Association seeks an experienced and creative Director/Lead Organizer committed to building grassroots leaders, fostering cross-cultural relationships, maintaining and building partnerships, and able to share power.  Ideal candidates will be experienced with community, an effective listener, and able to engage conflict constructively for the advancement of the neighborhood.