Kenneth Bush is a native of Rochester, Minnesota. He is the CEO of Bush Management Company a Certified SBE, MBE & DBE & TGB in the State of Minnesota, we are best known as “Bush Companies” a multifaceted firm.
Bush comes from humble beginnings starting out as a caretaker by cleaning apartments and became a realtor in 2002 for Edina Realty's Corporate Headquarters in Edina, MN where he was an original board member for the Corporate Diversity Program. His career has progressed to work for some of the most prominent real estate developers, civil engineering, brokers, home builders, general contractors as an employee, owner, partner and policymaker, that have resulted in over $250,000,000 in development and construction projects. Kenneth currently has city council approvals on workforce and affordable housing development projects in Southeastern Minnesota whereas developer in 2022 was recipient of a competitive RFP and received a Minnesota Housing Finance Agency award.
Bush is an advocate for his industry and serves on the accreditation advisory board for the Better Business Bureau of MN & ND and Harvard Business Review advisory council. The Bush organization is a major collaborative, the company is a Rochester based BIPOC owned firm covering everything Real Estate Development, Business Development. Workforce Development, Economic Development, Community Engagement & Construction Management
Bush Construction division has worked on many State and Federal Heavy Highway, Road & Bridge construction projects as a specialty trades contractor partnering on major transportation and infrastructure projects in the upper Midwest, we also represent some of the nation's largest retailers and franchises with pre-post construction site cleaning services for new store or remodel projects.
EDUCATION: He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of St. Thomas – Opus College of Business where he studied the Commercial Real Estate Specialist Program and graduated in 2006 and at the same time received an extended mini-MBA in Real Estate Development.
In 2014 he earned a graduate certificate in Economic Development from Hamline University – College of Business at the Center for Public Administration & Leadership and attended Training certification with Winona State University - Destination Medical Center, City of Rochester and other local contractors on Inclusive Workforce Participation Plans & Workforce Diversity in Bidding Practices.
In 2021 he graduated from the Real Estate Diversity Program at Urban Land Institute and is a ULI fellow alumnus.
POLICY: Kenneth is a policy advocate and has completed 6yrs serving as chairman & vice chair of the Olmsted County Advisory Planning Board of Commissioners, a certified DMC Ambassador and served as an elected Rochester Area Builders Board member in 2020, currently in his 7th year on the Governmental Affairs Committee and in 2021 was elected to a 3 year term as a State Director for the Builders Association of Minnesota advocating for a better regulatory environment & housing at the capital and having been endorsed candidate for the Minnesota Legislature, Kenneth understands Federal, State and Local Government Agencies and was appointed was by DEED as a Targeted Community Project Review Committee that granted 18 million to disadvantaged communities in Minnesota in 2022.
"Bush Companies is different because public engagement is a key part of building a community connected "local" firm and I am with belief by having these relationships in the Halls of State | Local government agencies we are leading the change to create a more inclusive industry ".
PRESENT + PREVIOUS | BOARD OF DIRECTORS & POLICY EXPERIENCE:
MN Department of Employment & Economic Development
Bolder Options Board of Directors
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authority Officials NAHRO
Builders Association of Twin Cities Sales & Marketing Council
Minnesota Multi Housing Association
Restorative Justice MN
Minnesota Realtors Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Minneapolis Planning & Economic Development Real Estate Roundtable Member
Rochester Targeted Business Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce
Rochester Area Foundation Housing Coalition
MN Complete Streets Coalition
Minnesota Commercial Association of Realtors MNCAR
Minneapolis Association of Realtors - Regulatory & Governmental Affairs
Minneapolis Association of Realtors - Equal opportunity & Cultural Diversity Committee
Minneapolis Association of Realtors - Community Contributions Task Force
National Association of Industrial & Office Properties NAIOP - Diversity Committee
International Council of Shopping Centers
Red Wing Multi Housing Association - Founder
Red Wing Community Development - Board of Directors - Minnesota -Wisconsin Bridge
MN Realtors - Community Engagement Task Force
Red Wing Economic Development Commission - Blue Ribbon Panel
Red Wing Housing & Redevelopment Authority Board of Commissioners
Red Wing Human Rights Commissioner
Red Wing Diversity Committee
Red Wing Chamber of Commerce - Government Affairs Committee
Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity - Public Relations
Minnesota Realtors Governmental Affairs
Minnesota Housing Partnership - Advocacy
Southeastern Association of Realtors Governmental Affairs
Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce - Governmental Affairs Committee
We are focused on bringing together the best people for all aspects of the Development & Construction process.
Our partnerships and collaborators are Developers, General Contractors, Architects, Interior Designers, Civil Engineers, Government Agencies, Non-Profits, Corporations - Public + Private Partnerships.
Strategic Consulting and Corporate Advisory Services
Our experienced project managers, site superintendents, and construction crews respect a challenge and are ready for your most challenging pre-post construction projects. Bush offers a unique prospective for development, design-build as a part of our integrated project delivery method while providing industry experienced general construction laborers to our clients.
We are Southeastern Minnesota's pioneering BIPOC Development + Design + Construction firm -MBE Minority Owned Business Enterprise - As a collaborating company we do understand that every project needs quality attention to detail and has its own unique perspective.
We work with Owners + General Contractors by participating in the public bidding processes and are compliant to earn work on your behalf to build relationships + people and create more equitable projects.
We have the capability needed to help you reach your Targeted Business Development goals, Bush Companies has collaborative partnerships within the industry with like-minded firms who are creating a working plan, being ardent in their efforts to ensure Diversity + Inclusion is sustainable for building long-term effectiveness with City, County, State & DMC Destination Medical Center - Projects.
DBE certified companies are able to yield much more effective cost saving strategies due to diversity spending requirements: by having the ability to utilize various federal and state tax incentives, tax breaks and potential rebates. This is a great incentive for other businesses to do work with DBE certified companies.
Working with a DBE certified company is also encouraging the growth and longevity of companies within a specific community. Inclusivity in the business world makes a great investment not only for the financial incentives, but also for the relationship building and the intangibles that come with doing work with a DBE certified company.
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PRE- POST CONSTRUCTION MAINTENANCE TENANT IMPROVEMENTS
INTERIOR EXTERIOR REMODELS
NEW RETAIL | OFFICE CLEANING
"Each One Teach One"
November 18 - Executive Order 20-99 puts a 4-week pause on businesses such as gyms and indoor restaurant dining. There are also additional updates for industries that remain open, such as construction. Click here for more information on updates to the MN Department of Labor and Industry's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan requirements/guidance for the Construction sector.
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