Since it’s inception in 2013 Towerside has achieved several milestones. By approaching the planning and development of the district’s 370 acres as a whole, and with area stakeholder and topic experts at the table, multiple projects have emerged. This collaborative, district-level approach to development enables Towerside’s partners to leverage their unique assets, which when combined, can recalibrate the public, private, and civic wealth of the community and re-channel it, creating an opportunity to problem-solve at scale.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  • Community Planning Work

  • Public-Private Partnership Formed

  • Green Line LRT Opens

  • Surly's Destination Brewery Facility Opens

  • Healthy Community Guide Created

  • Restorative Development Guide Created

  • District Stormwater Phase 1

  • District Energy Feasibility

  • Dual City Innovation District Resolutions

  • District Guidelines for Development

  • District Parking Feasibility

  • District Entity Formation

  • Green 4th St Reconstruction

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022+
  • MPRB East of River Masterplan

  • District Framework for Implementation

  • Innovation District Policy included in Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan

  • Towerside Park Green Space

  • Green 4th Street Enhancements complete

  • District Stormwater Phase II begins

  • Bridal Veil Regional Trail Corridor Adopted

  • District Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage begins

  • Tower Hill Park & Luxton Park Improvements

  • Integrated Utility Hub

  • Saint Paul Green Space

  • EcoDistricts Certified


  • May 20, 2024

    Stephen Klimek is named Executive Director of Towerside. Stephen is a strategic organizational leader and city-building professional who advances equitable community & economic development through place-based design and planning, impact-driven projects, and systematic approaches to collective challenges.

  • April 26, 2024

    Towerside adopted an Equity Framework that will serve as the foundation for delivering diversity, equity, and inclusion outcomes within the organization, through our work, and as an influencer among our partners and peers.

  • December 16, 2021

    UMN Masters of Urban and Regional Planning students held a community exhibit today to showcase 10 land use planning projects focused on reconsidering the notion of an innovation district.

  • September 30, 2020

    Green 4th Street Enhancements Completed

  • June 30, 2020

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


Growing Towerside’s Leadership

June 19, 2024 by towersideadmin

Each year in June, Towerside’s Supported Organizations have the opportunity to vote for Board of Director candidates that are recruited and nominated by our Nominations Committee. This year’s slate of candidates represent an impressive breadth of experience that will grow key areas of Towerside’s work. Learn more about this year's nominees. Read More

Stephen Klimek named Towerside Innovation District’s Executive Director

May 20, 2024 by towersideadmin

Bringing expertise in asset-based community and economic development, Klimek is Towerside Innovation District’s first executive director. “We are thrilled to welcome Stephen Klimek as a leader with a proven track record of creative problem solving, building organizational capacity, and prioritizing equity and diversity for vibrant communities,” said Sabina Saksena, Towerside Board President. Read More

Harvest Festival 2022

December 11, 2022 by towersideadmin

The Fall Harvest Festival was held on September 22nd in the newly named Bridal Veil Gardens. Read More

Nominees for Board of Directors

May 30, 2022 by towersideadmin

Board of Director Nominations with Terms ending in 2025 Read More

2022 Board of Directors

May 30, 2022 by towersideadmin

2022 Towerside Board of Directors

Diane Rucker Towerside Board Chairperson; Executive Director, University Enterprise Labs

Nina Axelson Founder, Grid Catalyst

Michael Berthelsen Vice President for University Services, University of Minnesota

Gina Ciganik CEO, Healthy Building Network

Metric Giles Policy Coordinator, Community Stabilization Project

Richard Gilyard President, Prospect Park 2020

Gloria Jeff Metro District Livability District Director, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Eddie Landenberger Assembly

Pat Mascia Managing Director, University of Minnesota Foundation

Karen Nelson Manager of Engineering Services, Versa-Lok

Vince Netz Treasurer, Towerside Business Alliance

Karl Reichert Executive Director, The Textile Center

Sam Rockwell Executive Director, Move Minnesota

Eric Weiss Program Director, The Trust for Public Land

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