For Steve Minn, vice president and chief financial manager at Lupe Development since 1989, giving back to the community is a key part of the success of the company: He has worked diligently to provide both affordable housing and workforce training to a variety of Minnesota residents.
“We are invested in workforce training and affordable housing,” he told the Minnesota Business Daily. “We sponsor Summit Academy, AEON and an organization called MicroGrants. I am on advisory boards for Summit and AEON.
“We sponsor their events, and in the case of Summit, we sponsor individual graduates of their construction trades training program with grants to buy tools, clothing and supplies to work in the construction trades. We also work hard at making sure those graduates get a shot at working on our development sites.”
Minn and Lupe Development have also committed to developing 111 affordable housing units for homeless veterans. The ability to provide these homes to those who have served the country is due in part to a $1.2 million grant and a $2.375 million loan from the city.
Minn has served in many political roles and has pushed to provide affordable housing as well as pass a 24-hour snow-plowing regulation in the city.
He served on the Minneapolis City Council and became minority leader. He was the state commissioner of public service under Gov. Jesses Ventura and then state commissioner of commerce. He was also the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority commissioner.
Minn graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University. He holds a master’s degree in urban development and finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.