MHTA – The Minnesota High Tech Association is planning to move its offices to the Minneapolis Grain Exchange building in downtown Minneapolis later this year. MHTA President and CEO Margaret Anderson Kelliher made the announcement at the Association’s annual Spring Conference.
Kelliher said construction would likely begin soon on a suite of offices on the building’s fourth floor near the historic trading floor. That space is now home to CoCo Minneapolis. On its website, CoCo describes itself as a place where independent workers, small businesses and corporate workgroups can gather to share ideas, team up on projects and get some work done.
“It is important for MHTA to connect to the growing community of entrepreneurs. Many of them meet at CoCo Minneapolis,” Kelliher said. “We’re very excited about the move and building new partnerships.”
Kelliher was interviewed about the planned move by TECHdotMN.
The Grain Exchange buildings in downtown Minneapolis are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Daily trading inside the building came to an end in 2008 but continues on an electronic platform.
“I’m very pleased to welcome the Minnesota High Tech Association to the historic Grain Exchange building, which is rapidly becoming a national hub for high tech and innovation,” said Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak. “MHTA is a very important piece of our region’s technology and innovation infrastructure, and their move there will create even more synergies and fuel even more prosperity in this dramatically growing sector of our economy. The Grain Exchange of the 19th century is becoming the Brain Exchange of the 21st century.”
Kelliher said MHTA hopes to complete the move by the end of summer.