Build a bridge
with collaborative power

Let's make some noise

We’ve made great strides engaging residents, businesses and experts with the promise of an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge. Let’s keep up the momentum. Let’s make some noise so we can build a bridge to better.

Stay tuned for upcoming ReConnect Rondo events in 2023.

Upcoming Activities

Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
451 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul, MN 55104

January 12th, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

An evening to celebrate, honor, and reimagine

Join ReConnect Rondo and Rondo’s very own Jamela Pettiford as we celebrate the contribution of Rondo’s Penumbra Theatre to the world. After the performance, the master plan team will share their role with the African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge. They’ll also seek additional guidance about community aspirations and priorities. So don’t miss your opportunity to help build a bridge to better.

Golden Thyme Coffee & Café
934 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul 55104

Coffee with Keith Baker

Join Executive Director, Keith Baker for conversation and coffee. Share your thoughts and learn about the African American Cultural Enterprise District connected by a community land bridge. Registration required for each event. Limited in person slots available.

Monday, October 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Online event. Join via Zoom

Lunch & Learn—What’s up with I-94?

Join Executive Director, Keith Baker, and Alex Burns of Our Streets Minneapolis for a discussion hosted by the Metro State University College of Management, Re-thinking I-94 between Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Join us, along with moderator Dr. Samuel Grant, for this online event.

Wednesday, September 14 from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Past ReConnect Rondo Activities
  • January 12: An evening to celebrate, honor, and reimagine at the  Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
  • Through October 24: 120 Coffee with Keith conversations at Golden Thyme Coffee.
  • September 14: 65 Zoom attendees for Metro State Lunch & Learn event
  • September 10: approximately 400 visitors & conversations at Selby Ave Jazz Fest
  • August 25: Intro to Team & Technical Studies Presentation & Dinner (over 125 participants)
  • August 21: Central Honors Philando (over 60 conversations)
  • August 7: Little Africa Festival (over 200 conversations)
  • July 30: V-Fest (over 100 conversations)
  • Saturdays, July 16 – August 13: Elders Brunch (over 150 participants)
  • Thursdays, July 14 – August 11: Slow Roll & Family Dinner (over 150 participants)
  • June 19: Rondo Juneteenth Block Party (over 75 participants)
  • October 14-25: Rondo Community Library Sessions (over 50 participants)
  • September 11: Selby Jazz Fest (over 400 conversations)
  • July 7: Virtual Town Hall Meeting (over 80 participants)
  • June 10-29: 4P Funding Model exploration (58 experts from various fields and community members)
  • June 2-3: Community Benefits Workshops (40 participants)
  • May 24-27: Listen & Learn Zoom Meetings (120 participants)
  • April: Mass Mailing (9,000 postcards to all Rondo households and businesses in Summit University/Frogtown area)
  • February 2: Legislative Action (testified to the Minnesota House Transportation Policy Committee)

Together, we will create an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge.​

ReConnect Rondo Technical Advisory Team:

  • David Juliff, Be Civil, Inc.
  • Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting Group
  • John Maczko, SRF Consulting Group
  • Kent Arhenholtz, Kaskaskia Engineering Group
  • Brenda Thomas, KLJ, Inc
  • Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk
  • Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk
  • Marcell Walker, Bolton & Menk
  • Veronica Burt, 600 Strategies, Inc.
  • Björgvin Sævarsson, YORTH Group
  • Katie Eggers, YORTH Group
  • Jim Erkel, Retired Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
  • Brian Isaacson, Ramsey County
  • Diem Van Groth, Strategic Consultant