David Frank named city’s new director of economic policy and development

CPED Director D. Craig Taylor has named David Frank the city’s new director of economic policy and development. 

Frank, who previously served as the city’s manager of transit-oriented development, will fill the post formerly held by Cathy Polasky, who has since taken a job as chief deputy commissioner for the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

“I am constantly amazed at the level of talent and commitment we have in our economic development team,” said City Council Member Lisa Goodman (Ward 7). “David is a proven leader with the right mix of private and public sector development experience to lead this important division of the city.”

Frank, a North Loop resident who serves as president of the neighborhood association, has played a key role in the city’s efforts to reopen Nicollet at Lake Street and redeveloping the Midtown Farmers Market site.

Frank will lead CPED’s 65-member Economic Policy and Development division, which includes Business Development, Business Licensing and Minneapolis Employment and Training. 

“I am glad to have this chance to work with our great team on the city’s efforts to grow employment and business development opportunities for everyone in Minneapolis,” Frank said.