• December 16, 2021

    The Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Students Land use planning class is holding a Community Exhibit 12/16/21 - Interrogating the Innovation District at the University Enterprise Labs.

    This semester students have been working arduously to develop 10 land use planning projects focused on reconsidering the notion of an innovation district.

    Thursday, December 16th from 6 to 8:30 pm

  • September 23, 2021

    Aquifer energy storage project wins financial backing of Mpls city council

  • August 16, 2021

    The Market at Malcolm Yards & O'Shaughnessy Distillery open

  • September 30, 2020

    Green 4th Street Enhancements Completed

  • June 30, 2020

    Metropolitan Council awards $100,000 grant for District Stormwater Phase II

  • September 01, 2019

    Towerside Innovation District Park complete


Diane Rucker Steps-Up as Towerside Board Chair

August 01, 2020 by towersideadmin

Towerside Innovation District is governed by its volunteer board of directors and supported by the diversity that comes from their partner organizations. The 20-member board initially seated for two years, with potential for a third-year extension, is rich with; talent, knowledge, vision and passion, and includes thought-leaders from a wide array of partners experienced in; higher education institutions, real estate developers, businesses, government, nonprofit organizations, science and engineering, and neighborhood groups.

Joining the board in 2019, Diane Rucker brought applicable expertise well-suited to Towerside’s current development status and future growth. In the summer of 2020 Rucker stepped-up to the position of Chair of the Board of Directors.

Rucker’s passion and commitment to the entire community, her ability to build and maintain relationships with decision makers, diverse constituencies, business leaders, and community members from all walks of life, is only a portion of her credentials.

In her current role, as executive director for University Enterprise Laboratories, she works closely with startup and growth companies, helping them to build and scale a business. Diane is a dynamic leader having established strong alliances between UEL and; local, state and federal governments, healthcare and biotech industry leaders, nonprofit foundations, universities, colleges, and private enterprises.

Rucker has an Executive MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, and a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She collaborates with MIT’s Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, and has broad-based business and ecosystem experience around the world, including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. If that is enough, Diane held leadership roles with Seagate and General Motors.

Learn more about Diane Rucker: Towerside about; LinkedIn, Upsize Magazine, OwlTail Podcasts