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PCL Construction

Fortune magazine has named PCL Construction to its “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the 11th consecutive year. PCL  moved seven spots to rank at number 60 on the list this year.  The company has the list  since 2005 because of the organization’s employee-ownership model, dynamic culture, wellness initiatives, and philanthropic efforts. 

Twin Cities In Motion

Twin Cities In Motion has named Amy Farsht as its new Director of Partnerships and Elizabeth Vincenty as its new Race Director.   Farsht will be tasked with leading partnership sales and development efforts for the organization, with a focus on sponsorships and strategic partnerships. Before joining Twin Cities In Motion, Farsht served as the National Strategic Relations Manager for Thomson Reuters . Vincenty will be tasked with leading the planning, organizing, and staging of all of Twin Cities In Motion’s races, ensuring they are accurate, safe, properly permitted, meet local and national requirements, and the operational needs of TCM’s customers. Before joining Twin Cities In Motion, Vincenty worked as a project manager and registrar with the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge and Lakeshore Athletic Services. 

Marco, Inc. 

Marco received a  2016 100 Best Companies to Work For Award, presented by Minnesota Business magazine. The business was also named the winner of two 2016 Perfect Image Awards by imageSource Magazine in the categories of Dealer of the Year and Outstanding Leadership in Customer Engagement.  The prestigious awards program recognizes exceptional leadership and innovation in the office channel.

CenterPoint Energy

CenterPoint Energy leadership was recognized for their commitment to sustainable transportation and supporting reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Metro Transit, along with Edina Mayor Hovland, honored the company with the 2016 Commuter Choice Award  in the Building Owner and Managers category for the work, lease arrangement and support given to Meet Minneapolis for their Minneapolis Visitor Information Center in CenterPoint Energy’s new Minneapolis headquarters at 505 Nicollet Mall, which includes Move Minneapolis.  The Commuter Choice Awards puts a spotlight on organizations, employers, building owners/management companies, government agencies and individuals who actively promote alternatives to driving alone.
Also, CenterPoint Energy’s Minnesota Active Retiree Service (MARS) is celebrating their 30th anniversary and their surpassing a $30,000 milestone in the company’s Grant Incentives for Volunteer Employees (GIVE) program.  Since 1986, MARS volunteers have led active retirees who have contributed more than 150 grants to community agencies in the company’s service. 

Plekkenpol Builders 

Ryan Tyler has joined Plekkenpol Builders, Inc. as the newest member of their project management team. His position includes planning and design, estimating and sales of additions, kitchens, baths, lower levels, home offices, master suites, exteriors, porches, decks and all other types of residential remodeling and home maintenance. Tyler has a General Contractor’s License in the State of Minnesota. 

Greater Twin Cities United Way

The Greater Twin Cities United Way is contributing $50 million through it Strengthening the Safety Net grants into the community which goes into effect July 1, 2016. Close to 100 new and established United Way agency partners will receive a total of $16.6 million annually over the next three years. Roughly 20 percent of the new infusion of funds, include capacity building grants, for what the nonprofit refers to as “Culturally Specific Organizations” or CSOs. CSOs are smaller organizations led and staffed by persons of color and primarily serve communities of color. State demographers estimate that 17 percent of Minnesotans are people of color and that number is expected to reach nearly 30 percent by 2040.. The Safety Net targets six key areas: optimal health, stable housing, food security (aiding the hungry); independence for seniors and people with disabilities; safety from family violence; and legal services.  

Mill City Credit Union

Mill City Credit Union was  honored with THREE Diamond Awards, which recognizes outstanding marketing and business development achievements in the credit union industry.  The award was presented by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Marketing & Business Development Council. Two of these awards recognize Mill City CU’s local give back program, Making the Greater Good Even Greater campaign which launched in 2015. In Social Media, their video highlighting the local non-profit, Secondhand Hounds was honored with a Diamond Award.  The Making the Greater Good Even Greater Campaign won an award for the overall program which generates awareness and provides prize money every month to one local small business and one non-profit organization. 

Opus Group

Opus Group,  in partnership with the Opus Foundation®, announced that School on Wheels in Indianapolis has won the second annual Building Community Award and will receive $63,000.  School on Wheels provides tutoring to children in grades K – 12 who are experiencing homelessness. Opus launched the award last year to honor their founder’s legacy of giving back while commemorating their history. Recognizing the important contributions of all the organizations, each of the remaining seven finalists received a $1,000 grant.  In Minneapolis, the grant recipient is Perspectives. 


Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has been selected to build a new $22 million K-8 special education school for Northeast Metro Intermediate School District 916.  Construction on the 76,000-square-foot school will begin at the end of April 2016 and is expected to be completed in August of 2017. Northeast Metro ISD 916 provides programs for students who display autism spectrum disorders (ASD), developmental cognitive disabilities (DCD), emotional/behavioral disorders (EBD), and other health disabilities. 

Minnesota Business Magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 2016

Minnesota Business Magazine asked alumni award winners of the The (Real) Power 50 to be nominators.  They also asked trusted partners and business leaders to identify the movers and shakers who impressed them in the past year.  Chamber members who were honored with the 2016 award are:  Al Coleman, Gray Plant Mooty;  Ben VandenWymelenberg, WOODCHUCK USA; Heide Olson, All in One Accounting; J. Marie Fieger, Nemer Fieger; Jody Kern, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage; Luz Maria Frias, The Minneapolis Foundation; Nils Snyder, Colliers International and West Stringfellow, Target. 

Lommen Abdo

Attorneys Michael Glover and Jason Engkjer have joined Lommen Abdo, bringing additional strength to the firm’s business and litigation practices and expanding its transportation law practice.  Glover has over 25 years representing motor carriers, freight forwarders, shippers, logistics providers and businesses.  Engkjer’s practice is primarily devoted to commercial litigation and corporate planning and transactions. Within these areas, he has unique experience in transportation law. 

Thor Construction/Colliers International

Thor Construction will build a  $30 million retail and office development — including a new headquarters for the company itself — on Minneapolis' North Side. The 92,000-square-foot development, located at Plymouth and Penn avenues, would include multi-tenant offices and retail space, along with an underground parking garage. Commercial real estate brokerage firm Colliers International will  market the retail and office space to potential tenants.









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