Mayor Betsy Hodges Thanks Minnesota Legislature for Support of Nicollet Mall
Mayor Hodges says the project will provide an economic boom to the entire state of Minnesota
May 17, 2014 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Mayor Betsy Hodges is praising the Minnesota legislature after state lawmakers in both the House and Senate approved a capital investment package that will make possible the redesign of Nicollet Mall.
"We're thrilled to be in the state bonding bill at $21.5 million. Nicollet Mile will reinvigorate downtown Minneapolis, making it a 21st century destination our city and state can be proud of," said Mayor Hodges. "Thank you to State Senator Bobby Joe Champion (DFL - Minneapolis) and State Representative Raymond Dehn (DFL – Minneapolis) - your leadership on the Capital Investment Committees allowed the City to secure the necessary bonding money to connect our downtown to our riverfront through the newly imagined Nicollet Mile.
"Thank you to Governor Dayton for his steadfast support in making this project a reality," continued Mayor Hodges. "His collaboration with the private sector and our Minneapolis delegation was crucial to financing this project. Also crucial to the success of this project has been the commitment of the downtown business community. The redesign of Nicollet Mile will grow our city and our state's economy, something made clear by the bipartisan and regional support for the project.
"Nicollet Mall already draws more than 140,000 workers from across the state daily to work in the 34 million square feet of office space located along the mall. It helps generate hundreds of millions of dollars in state revenue and private development each year. The regional economic significance of this project is enormous. Thank you to everyone at the local level who helped secure this bonding. This is a true example of what a private-public partnership can achieve when we work together to realize a better Minnesota."
Published May 17, 2014