News from the Downtown Alliance
August 20, 2020
A note from the president


First and foremost I want to call your attention to the very exciting news that the Downtown Alliance is hiring an additional staff member. The new position, the Director of Safety Strategies, will play a critical role in helping to launch and run a downtown Safety Communication Center (Fusion Center). The Fusion Center is the first of several initiatives that will be part of the Saint Paul Downtown Improvement District. You can read more about the position below, and please share the post far and wide with those who may be interested or qualified.

Second, I want to take a moment to thank all of our community members who have come together the past few months to help us bring some positive engagement and energy back into downtown. From Lowertown residents like Bill Hanley and Brigette Anderson, to community organizers like Lee Ann LaBore with Friends of Mears Park and Rachel Wacker and Tara Weatherly of Rage to Order, to business owners like the Bulldog's Jeff Kaster and Big River Pizza's Steve Lott - it has taken considerable time and dedication from these and so many other folks to bring together events like Lowertown Local and the Lowertown Art Market. We're grateful to get to work with all of you. More details on these and other upcoming events are below.

I'd also like to give a quick shout out and congratulations to our friends at Wellworth Co-Working who are celebrating their second anniversary today. Wellworth's own community manager Rena Rasmussen also happens to be performing tonight at Lowertown Local so be sure to say hello if you're there.

Finally, today Mayor Carter delivered his 2021 Budget Address via video to share the highlights and themes of the budget proposal he submits to the City Council for their consideration. His priorities included no increase in property taxes, maintaining the city’s reserve funds, and managing retirements and attrition to avoid staff layoffs. In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll be digging into the specifics of the budget proposal. Given the challenges we’re facing downtown, and the importance of downtown to the overall economy and to the tax base (downtown pays over $60 million in property taxes each year), we’ll be working to make sure downtown has the resources we need. This will be imperative to facilitate and accelerate our recovery so as more workers and visitors eventually are allowed back, we come back better and stronger than ever before. 

Take care,

Joe Spencer
Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
The Downtown Alliance is hiring!
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance is currently seeking candidates to serve as Director of Safety Strategies to develop and implement safety strategies, implement and lead a safety communications center (also known as the Fusion Center), and develop other programs based on best practices of downtown improvement districts. 

This is an opportunity to build a whole new program and operation to leverage private sector security resources, the downtown social service partners, and law enforcement. By sharing information and building cooperative strategies, this new effort is aimed at improving safety outcomes and perceptions. 

Army Corp signs new lease
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently announced that they would be moving 300 employees into the First National Bank Building. The lease is for 80,000 square foot and will include a $10 million build out. This is a fantastic investment in an iconic downtown property.

Upcoming Events
Thursday, August 20
Mears Park
6-7:30 p.m.

All are encouraged to buy takeout from local businesses or bring a picnic into Mears.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Social distancing must be observed in the park and masks are strongly encouraged. 
Friday, August 21
Mears Park
10 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Students from this year's Summer Intensive Jazz Camp at Walker West Music Academy will stage their final performance under the Mears Park band shell. Anyone is welcome to bring a chair to enjoy the music.
Saturday, August 22
St. Paul Farmer's Market
4 to 9 p.m.

Come down for a fun-filled event of Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan music plus delicious wood fire pizza outside at Big River Pizza.

The Jones Gang and Tangled Up in Dylan will be playing. All ages welcome, social distancing protocols will be enforced.
Sunday, August 23
CHS Plaza

Local artists will be selling their goods on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September. If you are interested in becoming a vendor click here.

This event is family friendly. Masks and social distancing are required at the Lowertown Art Market.
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