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In 2008, Mill City Commons was incorporated and membership kicked off. One year later, the organization was publicly launched and programs began. Here are a few anniversary highlights over the past ten years.

A map of riverfront residences of MCC members.

December 2018

  • MCC filed its Certificate of Incorporation 11 years ago on December 21, 2007.

  • The majority of MCC members—over 90%—live in 30 buildings along or near the riverfront in downtown Minneapolis.

Members participate in the annual Turkey & Extra Helpings drive.

November 2018

  • Members launched their first “Turkey, Dressings and Extra Helpings” holiday drive in November 2007, before MCC started. To date, the drives have collected more than $30,000 to feed families during the holidays.

  • More than 200 villages have formed across the U.S. since the first village in 2002. MCC is the only developed village in the state of Minnesota.

Members at the 2018 Village to Village Gathering.

October 2018

  • The first Village to Village Conference was held 10 years ago in Boston. This year, 8 members attended the gathering in San Diego.

  • The first gathering of Our Turn was 5 years ago this month on October 31, 2013.

Members tour the TPT studios at an After Hours Connect event.

September 2018

  • MCC’s Guthrie play-reading program started 9 years ago this month. The first play: “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Today, 25 members participate in the program.
  • A new program open to all but designed to accommodate those still working full time--After Hours Connect--was offered for the first time a year ago this month.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers share their stories.

August 2018

  • MCC’s weekly enewsletter, Mill City Musings, launched 9 years ago this month.
  • MCC members are diverse, but some also have common experiences. At least 8 MCC members are former Peace Corps volunteers.

Mill City Commons Launch Party in 2009.

July 2018

  • MCC held its public launch event on June 17, 2009, at the Phoenix, and 131 people attended.
  • Bridge-loving MCC members have been bidding, trumping and winning in monthly gatherings since May 2009.