Hodges nominates Craig Taylor to head CPED

Mayor Betsy Hodges has nominated Craig Taylor, a leader at the University of Minnesota, to be the next director of the Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) Department.

Taylor has been the executive director of the University of Minnesota’s Office for Business & Community Economic Development and the Business & Technology Center for the past 12 years.

“Craig Taylor is a driven, visionary leader and executive with 25 years of management experience. The CPED Director is a key position in providing leadership, vision and strategic direction as we work to grow the city,” Hodges said in a statement today. “The qualifications Craig brings will advance our work not only on growing the city, but on growing the city inclusively and advancing equity. I have confidence his management skills, experience with strategic planning and history in the community will aide him in helping the city run well. I look forward to the City Council approving his nomination.”

Taylor first worked for the city in the mid-1980s as the director of the Office of Women and Minority Business Enterprise. 

“I am honored to be nominated for this leadership position,” Taylor said. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve the people of Minneapolis and to lead a team of professionals all committed to the economic future of the city. I look forward to working with all the stakeholders to continue building upon the progress in growth for Minneapolis.”

Hodges will submit the nomination to the City Council’s Executive Committee on July 9. Then there will be a public hearing and vote by the Council’s Development & Regulatory Services Committee before a full vote by the Council.