• November 15, 2019

    Community leader and board member Tracy Nordstrom becomes Towerside Board Chair and President

  • April 29, 2019

    Towerside's 2019 Forum brought together members and stakeholders to shape the Innovation District's future

  • April 17, 2019

    MPRB approves $1.4M for first ever use of Park Dedication Fees for the design and acquisition of key park site in Towerside

  • December 13, 2018

    MPRB's East of the River Park Master Plan proposes connecting the Grand Rounds 'Missing Link' through the Bridal Veil Regional Trail

  • October 17, 2018

    EcoDistricts Summit hosted in Minneapolis - Saint Paul www.summit.ecodistricts.org


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.