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Minneapolis Downtown Council says up to 10,000 jobs could be lost over ‘public safety concerns’

By Jay Kolls | 6 August 2020

ABC NEWS 4 KTSP — Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS concerns over public safety and the future of the city’s police department have some companies looking to leave downtown.

“Almost overnight the brakes went on in downtown,” Cramer said. “The point where it all started to change was the day the City Council announced it supported defunding the police department.”

Cramer said in a six-week period from that day there were 45 companies that indicated they were either moving out of downtown or were a business that was no longer moving downtown, and there were 13 companies in that group with 100 or more employees and one with 600.

“It is not a crisis, but it is a trickle right now,” said Cramer. “We calculated that would be up to a 10,000-person job loss for downtown if that played out.” […]

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