• 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


Community Leader Del Hampton Serving as Chief Executive

January 18, 2019 by towersideadmin

Towerside Innovation District is pleased to announce the appointment of board member and long-time neighborhood resident Del Hampton to serve as our Interim Chief Executive, effective January 2019.

“Del has tremendous energy and an action-oriented perspective to the work at hand in building a vibrant 21st Century community and innovation ecosystem.” said Alan Arthur, board president and CEO of Aeon.

Del brings significant project management, business analysis, and IT experience to the table for Towerside and our partners. He is an avid gardener and community organizer. Del joined the Towerside board of directors in April 2018 after several years of interfacing with Innovation District partners through his work as Coordinator for the Prospect Park Community Gardens and Chair of the Prospect Park Association Environment Committee.

“I want everyone to share in the excitement of the incredible opportunity we have to turn this 370 acre Innovation District into a model for how we can effectively address some of the equity, resilience, and climate protection issues we face” said Del. He continues “We need to be bold and courageous in our thinking if we want to make real progress. With the resources of the neighboring University of Minnesota, one of the nation’s premier research institutions, and the rich history of innovation in the State of MN, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to demonstrate what is possible,”

As a board member Del has co-chaired Towerside’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee – bringing an equity lens to the organization’s work and impacts - and is on the Finance Committee. He also participated in the 2018 EcoDistricts Summit hosted at the University of Minnesota and has promoted the use of EcoDistricts’ process across all of Towerside’s work to assure an outcomes-oriented and goal-driven process.

Del is a graduate of the University of MN Carlson School of Management. He is a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener in Hennepin County and a past chair of their Community Programs Committee. In addition, he is on the board of the Minnesota State Horticultural Society and is an advisor to the Green Garden Bakery youth program in North Minneapolis.