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Priorities At Hand

Strengthen Mainstreet/Support Local Businesses

Collaborate with our local businesses to enhance our vibrant, walkable Mainstreet. Explore options to retain and grow local businesses, while attracting new ones. Increase the pedestrian experience making it safe, comfortable, and interesting!


  • Hopkins Commercial Historic District placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2022

  • Façade Improvement Program

  • Think Hopkins – New Logo in 2022


Climate Action/Resiliency

Increase efforts in sustainable actions to create a resilient community now and for the future. Efforts include developing a climate action plan, prioritizing expansion of our city’s existing tree canopies, increasing use for electric vehicle infrastructure, and supporting funding for environmental justice in areas most impacted by climate change.


  • GreenStep Cities – Level 5 designation in 2023

  • SolSmart Silver designation in 2023

  • Re-established Hopkins as a Tree City USA

  • Solar Energy Installations on Public Works building, Hopkins Pavilion, and Fire Station.

Multimodal Mobility

Continuing the strength of both walkability and bicycling efforts in our community along with pedestrian-focused design to allow multiple modes of transportation so that everyone living, working, and visiting Hopkins can access our beautiful city.


  • Bicycle-Friendly Community designation since 2019

  • Redesign of 8th Ave S into The Artery (2019 Great Street Award by American Planning Association)

  • Electric Scooters Program (SPIN)

  • Green Line Extension LRT Project



Support affordability in new developments and strengthen naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) within our community. Safe and stable housing can enhance our community creating opportunities for people to thrive and improve educational outcomes for children.


  • Multiple Affordable Housing developments throughout Hopkins, including Burnes Building, Vista 44, and Chorus Apartments (325 Blake)

  • Inclusionary Housing Policy adopted in 2023

Community Engagement/Partnerships

Seeking public engagement and local partnerships to collaborate on creative solutions that benefit our entire community and ensuring long-term successes.


  • 325 Blake Road Development Review Committee – A joint committee comprised of three Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) and two Hopkins City Council Members.

  • Public Art and Community Engagement Southwest LRT (PLACES) – Collaborative effort to integrate public art and placemaking projects near future SWLRT rail stations.

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