Rotary Club of Minneapolis University
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Minneapolis University

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
The Graduate Minneapolis, formerly Radisson
615 Washington Avenue Southeast
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Minneapolis, MN  55414
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Meeting Date: February 28, 2018

David Baur, Director of Communications, Urban Land Institute Minnesota

The "Sharing Economy" and What It Means for Our Communities

David Baur serves as Director of Communications at the Urban Land Institute Minnesota where he is responsible for telling the organization’s story through reports on ULI MN projects, design and copywriting of marketing and promotional materials, and content management of ULI MN’s website and social media. He is also responsible for identifying emerging trends that affect real estate and land use and communicating these trends to ULI members, public officials, and business leaders.

David has enjoyed a diverse career path. Prior to ULI MN, he spent two years as a freelance writer and consultant, during which time he co-authored Best Hikes Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul and contributed to Best Adventures Near Minneapolis and Saint Paul with his brother for Falcon Guides. He also published a short story in a fiction anthology, wrote the script for a comic book, and worked on two novels that are in varying states revision.  He previously worked for Target Corporation as a Senior Process Analyst in Target Technology Services and before that as a Senior Research Analyst and Project Manager at Walden University.

David lives in Minneapolis with his wife, who made him move there almost a decade ago. Fortunately, he loves it.

Businesses and services that are part of the emerging "sharing economy," such as Uber and AirBnB, generate lots of headlines. However, these companies are just part of a broader shift in the economy that is being accelerated by technology, and the implications of this shift will impact our cities in ways we have only begun to consider. This presentation will discuss emerging services that are part of the sharing economy, discuss how technology can change additional business models, and address some ways our communities may be affected by these changes – whether they are ready for them or not.   

To preview future programs, see the Upcoming Speakers link on our home page.

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We are a diverse, welcoming and energetic group of 20 business and professional leaders and community volunteers connected to each other and to the communities we serve.  Our members seek to make a difference in our Minneapolis-St. Paul community and in countries throughout the world through our service to people in need. 

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Washington Avenue is open for limited vehicle access. If traveling by car, take I-94 (from either direction) to the Huron Blvd. exit and turn left on Washington Avenue. Proceed to the corner of Washington and Walnut. Turn right on Walnut and an immediate left into the Graduate Minneapolis Hotel valet parking.

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