Minneapolis Downtown Council and Downtown Improvement District
Since he took the helm of the council in 2013, downtown Minneapolis has seen robust development of housing, the U.S. Bank Stadium and the massive Wells Fargo office towers. In 2017, Steve Cramer will be a key actor representing the business community before a liberal City Council that has supported a hike in the minimum wage and mandated sick leave for Minneapolis businesses. Cramer has argued that mandates that only cover the city puts business at a competitive disadvantage. Cramer’s plate is full with other issues, including downtown crime and hands-off policing, office vacancies and a tough retail environment.