Redesign celebrates 50 years of geographic-based community development work in the Seward neighborhood of South Minneapolis. The Redesign50 Community Wealth Building Summit & Celebration is a mobile event, designed to discuss and inspire action around community wealth building and community ownership. Join us for a full day of practical examples and generative conversations about the future of neighborhoods across the Twin Cities!

Morning (10AM-12:30PM)

The Walking Breakout Sessions include a series of concurrent panels, workshops and tours that use Redesign’s projects as jumping off points for discussion of central themes in today’s landscape. Join us for deep dive conversations on a variety of topics including: Community Control of Affordable Housing at Seward Towers, Growing the Generative Economy with New Market Tax Credits at Five Square, and Community Engagement and Public Infrastructure: The Reconnecting Neighborhoods Initiative.

Afternoon (1:45-3:15PM)

Intimate, Neighborhood-Led Mastermind Sessions* give community-based organizations and leaders a forum to apply ideas from morning workshops and receive project consulting from development professionals, city staff,  architects, and artists. *Mastermind Sessions are a peer-to-peer mentoring concept used to help participants brainstorm solutions with input and advice from other group members.

Late-Afternoon (3:30-5PM)

National keynote speaker, Pete Saunders, shares his 20+ years of experience working in planning, economic development, and community development in the in the public, private and non-profit sectors of Chicago. Pete’s research and writing explores a wide range of topics from: defining black urbanism to managing urban decline and gentrification.

Pete Saunders Bio

Pete Saunders is a Chicago-based writer whose work centers on urbanism trends and developments in America’s vast middle, particularly as it impacts its Rust Belt cities. Pete is the editor/publisher of the Corner Side Yard, an urbanist blog that focuses on a variety of issues facing cities today.  Pete is also an urban affairs contributor to Forbes Magazine’s online platform, and an Urban Notebook columnist for Governing Magazine. Pete’s writings have been published in traditional media outlets such as the Detroit Free Press, Crain’s Chicago Business and the (London) Guardian, and online at Huffington Post, New Geography, Planetizen, Rust Wire and the Urbanophile. His coverage of the widely-publicized Detroit municipal bankruptcy was featured in Encyclopaedia Britannica’s 2014 Book of the Year.

Pete is also the community and economic development director for Richton Park, IL, a suburb south of Chicago.  He has more than twenty years’ experience in planning, economic development, and community development, with stops in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Pete served in various senior planning positions with the City of Chicago, the City of Joliet, and the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and has also served as a planning and economic development consultant.  His diverse experience has provided him with a unique, cross-spectrum perspective on urban development.

Pete was born in and spent his high school years in Detroit, attended Indiana University in Bloomington where he earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, and moved to Chicago upon graduation. He obtained his Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois-Chicago and remains in the Chicago area to this day.

Evening (6-10PM)

The Redesign50 Community Celebration will conclude they day of events with food trucks, live performances, and interactive public art. The celebration will be open to the public and no registration is required.