Projects

We are dedicated to helping underserved communities adapt to a 21st Century economy. Our projects are directed with an eye to our three pillars: Digital Equity, Enablement of Smart and Resilient Communities, and Showcasing Thought Leadership and Innovation. Each project focuses on one of these pillars, but they often overlap. You can learn more about Smart North’s pillars by clicking here.

Here's what we're working on:

Community Tech Hub, South Minneapolis - Sabathani Community Center

Driving Digital Equity

The Community Tech Hub located in the George Floyd Neighborhood of South Minneapolis serves as a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment where youth can find support and inspiration. They can develop digital and technical skills which will provide pathways to higher education, 21st century careers, better paying jobs, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation.

Location: 

South Minneapolis – Sabathani Community Center

Community Tech Hub, Deer River/Leech Lake - Goodall Resource Center

Driving Digital Equity

The Community Tech Hub located in Deer River/Leech Lake is an opportunity to change the story for youth and the community as a whole. Youth are provided with a safe, fun, welcoming environment which will inspire and support them. They can develop 21st century skills which will assist in higher education, job placement, better pay, entrepreneurship, and wealth creation.

Location: 

Deer River/Leech Lake – Goodall Resource Center

Resilient Communities Project at Towerside Innovation District

Enabling Smart and Resilient Communities

Smart North is partnering with Towerside Innovation District and University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project to explore possibilities for making making Towerside the most livable and resilient place for residents and businesses
Location:
 
Towerside Innovation District – Twin Cities

Smart Street Lighting Project

Enabling Smart and Resilient Communities

Street lights, as with many pieces of a city’s infrastructure, offer an enormous opportunity as we digitize our world. Smarter Streetlights provide opportunities for an economic platform benefiting city departments, businesses, and citizens

Location:

Grand Rapids – Arrowhead Region

Twin Cities Startup Week: Future of Our Communities and Cities

Thought Leadership and Innovation Showcase

Over the past three years, Smart North has hosted the Future of our Communities and Cities event,  where we bring together community, corporate, and civic leaders to envision a more technologically equitable future for MSP. 

This Year’s Location:

South Minneapolis – Sabathani Community Center