Small Business, Big Picture: Lake Street Council Joins MCW Partnership

Julie Ingebretsen, Lake Street Council president

Julie Ingebretsen, Lake Street Council president

Ted Muller, Lake Street Council executive director

Ted Muller, Lake Street Council executive director

This May the Lake Street Council, a nonprofit organization representing more than 1,100 businesses in the Lake Street commercial corridor, made its debut as a member of the Midtown Community Works Partnership. Members of the MCW board have greeted the addition of the Lake Street Council as an opportunity to build bridges between the large corporate interests already represented in the partnership and the small businesses community. 

“The Lake Street Council’s expertise in organizing small businesses, its credibility on Lake Street and its history in the corridor are all great assets,” said Nate Garvis, vice president for governmental affairs for Target Corporation and a board member of the MCW Partnership. “As we continue promoting redevelopment along the Greenway and Lake Street, we’ll be able to draw ideas and build support from the full spectrum of the business community.”

Julie Ingebretsen, president of the Lake Street Council board, will represent the organization on the MCW board. Ted Muller, executive director of Lake Street Council, will attend MCW committee meetings on the organization’s behalf. Muller said the Partnership will benefit from the “voice of the street” that Lake Street Council provides. Similarly, he said, the Lake Street Council will enjoy greater civic engagement because of its membership in the MCW Partnership.

“All the members have their particular focus. Ours is the development and marketing of Lake Street so that businesses opening up here have a reasonable shot at success. But the partnership’s objective is to look beyond business or transit or real estate and toward the big picture—community development. This is what ties all these agendas together, and the Lake Street Council is eager to participate.” 

The Lake Street Council has represented the business, industrial, commercial and professional community within the Lake Street corridor in Minneapolis for 35 years. The organization has supported many of the initiatives on the MCW Partnership’s agenda, including Lake Street reconstruction, the Midtown Greenway, the Pilot Cities initiative, the I-35W Access project, Hiawatha light rail, and the development of transit-oriented, mixed-use real estate.