June ADC Business Breakfast Roundtable

Jeremy Hanson Willis, Director of Community Planning and Economic Development for the City of Minneapolis, led this month’s roundtable discussion. After a thoughtful and interesting presentation on the philosophy and future aspirations for the growth of the City, Director Hanson Willis answered a number of intriguing questions from the attendees.

In addition to the video for this discussion, enjoy these photos from the morning’s event:


ADC is proud to announce that this year’s lineup of these important community discussions is made possible through the generous support of

A new partner for ADC, Carolyn Foundation seeks to enhance the vitality of Minneapolis by building a shared understanding and commitment to our community

A long-time supporter of ADC, Comcast is dedicated to expanding digital literacy, promoting community service and building tomorrow’s leaders


Jeremy Hanson Willis is Director of the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, a post he assumed April 2012. Previously, Jeremy was Chief of Staff to Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, where he led the Mayor’s Office staff and collaborated with City leadership to implement Mayor Rybak’s agenda to improve the City of Minneapolis, with a focus on economic growth and workforce development. Prior to that role, he was Mayor Rybak’s Communications Director and Press Secretary, where he was responsible for coordinating media relations, speech writing, social media, and overall communications strategy.

Before entering city government, Jeremy was a communications consultant at the Minneapolis‐based public relations firm Tunheim Partners where he supported public advocacy campaigns for business and non‐profit clients involving media relations, coalition building and grassroots advocacy. Previously, Jeremy spent nearly ten years in nonprofit issue and legislative advocacy, including advancing the causes of the Minnesota Smoke‐Free Coalition and the Minnesota AIDS Project. Jeremy grew up in rural Ada, MN, is a graduate of Macalester College (Saint Paul, MN) and has lived in Minneapolis since 1998. He currently resides in northeast Minneapolis’ Windom Park neighborhood with his husband.