Cathy Polasky

Cathy draws on experience in law and housing finance to inform in her current efforts to foster economic development, energy efficiency and growth of Minneapolis’ cleantech sector. In her current position, she is responsible for the City’s Business Finance, Business Development, and Youth and Adult Employment and Training Divisions. Cathy has worked to create a marketing program for the City, develop a new finance and business attraction tools, participate as a member of Mayor’s ARRA steering committee and represent the Mayor on various regional economic task forces.

As a Mel King Fellow, Cathy intends to take the time to more rigorously analyze the preliminary results of a variety of green policies and programs, and to use those findings to evaluate and redirect theories of green economic development.

The Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (Minneapolis, Minnesota)works to grow a sustainable city.