University District

River and BridgeMission and Purpose Statement

Purpose of the University District Alliance

The Alliance is an initiative of communities, learning institutions, and the City of Minneapolis that works to make the area surrounding the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis one that:

  • capitalizes on its exceptional resources;
  • is vibrant, safe, healthy, and sustainable;
  • is a preferred place for people of all ages to live, work, learn, do business, and visit.

Goals for Achieving the Purpose of the University District Alliance

Goal 1: Create a unique identity for the University District as a positive, welcoming, and forward-looking place to live, work, invest, and vist.

Goal 2: Develop the University District Alliance into a professionally run partnership of strong and supportive member organizations.

Goal 3: Increase the number of long-term residents and broaden the socioeconomic and demographic make-up of the population.

Goal 4: Improve the quality and diversity of the housing stock.

Goal 5: Attract and retain enterprises that capitalize on the assets of the District.

Goal 6: Demonstate quality urban design and sustainable urban development.

Goal 7: Facilitate communication and cooperation among the residents, businesses, institutions, and public sector entities.

Goal 8: Cultivate a healthy living and learning environment by bringing together the academic, research, artistic, and municipal resources of the University and the partners.

University District Alliance Neighborhoods

Member Organizations

Executive Committee and Board of Directors

  •  Steve Peacock, Augsburg College

  •  In Process of Appointment, City of Minneapolis

  • Robin Wonsley, City of Minneapolis

  • Michael Rainville, City of Minneapolis

  • Chris Lautenschlager, Dinkytown Business Association

  • KJ Starr, West Bank Business Association

  • Vic Thortenson, Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

  • Ted Tucker, Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association

  • Carter Yost, Minnesota Student Association ( MSA)

  • In Process of Appointment, UMN Professional Students (PSG)

  • In Process of Appointment, UMN Graduate Student (COGS)

  • Lynn Von Korff, Prospect Park Association

  • Susan Lareson - Fleming, Prospect Park Association

  • Jessica Focht-Perlberg, South East Como Improvement Association

  • Katie Fournier, South East Como Improvement Association

  • Vince Netz, Business Group Representative 

  • AJ Awed, Cedar Riverside Community Council

  • In Process of Appointment, Cedar Riverside Community Council

  • Pat Mascia, UMF

  • Calvin Philips, University of Minnesota

  • Brian Swanson, University of Minnesota 

  • Kristina Eramzus, University of Minnesota

Alliance Background

Important Dates in the History of the Alliance


Articles of Incorporation

Alliance Creation Documents

Moving Forward Together

2007 - 2009 Progress Report

Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Minnesota and the University District Alliance

University District Alliance Calendar