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Afrique offers welcoming space to African community

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Bloomington Briefing Published January 27, 2023
Updated on January 27, 2023
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Afrique, located at 1701 American Boulevard East, is set to open with broad community offerings, specially targeted toward supporting the East African community in Bloomington.

Along with a restaurant specializing in East African foods, the Afrique cultural campus will also offer an event center, office space, a multiuse space, a makerspace (collaborative work space) and a business incubator. The business incubator will serve to educate, train and develop African and African diaspora entrepreneurs.

By focusing on supporting the East African community and business community, Afrique also supports the City’s equity and inclusion initiatives by building a diverse skilled workforce, growing diverse businesses and eliminating barriers to equity.

“Bloomington wants community members to feel connected with their neighbors and welcome in the city,“ said Glen Markegard, City planning manager.  “Cultural facilities like Afrique help do exactly that.”

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