The on-going development of downtown St. Paul is something city officials want to keep moving forward, which is why they’ve launched a new organization called the St. Paul Downtown Alliance.
Officially run by elected officials and local business leaders, the mission of the new St. Paul Downtown Alliance will be to recruit prospective employers, attract possible investors, and of course create “a positive experience for visitors, residents, and workers alike.”
As of now, Mayor Melvin Carter and Securian Financial Group Chairman and CEO Chris Hilger will co-chair the St. Paul Downtown Alliance Board.
Building and maintaining a healthy and vibrant downtown is a critical component to any city’s core strategy and having a more defined structure will only strengthen downtown St. Paul’s opportunities at becoming even stronger in the future.
According to a recent report from the Star Tribune, the St. Paul Downtown Alliance will have a first year budget of $460,000 thanks to the the generous contributions of companies and organizations like Ecolab, the Minnesota Wild, HealthPartners, the St. Paul Saints, the St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Orderly Center for the Performing Arts.
Countless cities all across the country already have downtown-focused booster groups and organizations, so the concept is hardly anything new. But with the Minneapolis area poised for even stronger growth and expansion in the coming years, it’s nice to see St. Paul embracing change and hoping to become an even better place to live, work, and play.