News from the Downtown Alliance
October 11, 2018
A note from the president
Hey Friends,

It's been phenomenal to be part of all the action in and around Twin Cities Startup Week. With tons of pitch sessions and seminars, MEDA’s Million Dollar challenge, and Blacks In Tech beginning today, downtown is exciting right now. It is particularly fun to see all of the activity at Lunar Startups and Osborn370, and a huge increase in activity at the Wellworth co-working space. Th ere are of fun events coming up this weekend including a personal favorite – Oysterfest. Sadly I’ll be mssing out, as  I’m off to the InterCity Leadership Visit with a c ohort of Saint Paul’s most inspiring leaders. I’ll send some highlights along next week. 

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Saint Paul introduces a $15/hr minimum wage ordinance
On Tuesday afternoon Saint Paul civic leaders announced the details of an ordinance to raise the minimum wage over the coming years. You can learn more about the process and read the Citizens League report here . We encourage everyone to continue to engage in respectful conversation as this process moves forward.

Play outside in Saint Paul this weekend
As usual, there is no shortage of events downtown this weekend. Oysterfest comes but once a year and is happening this Saturday! Both VIP and general admission passes are still available. Friday through Sunday the Saint Paul Art Crawl is taking place throughout Lowertown. Also happening in Lowertown is the 4th Street Market District Block Party Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is kid-friendly and will have tacos, music and pumpkin decorating so make a day of hanging out in Lowertown and head over after the Art Crawl.

Coffee with the Alliance at Central Station
Join us next Wednesday for free coffee at Central Station!  We'll be there at 9:30 a.m. and look forward to a morning of lively conversation. If you haven't had a chance to come by Central Station recently this is a great opportunity to do so before the season of programming ends this month. If you have been taking advantage of the space we would love to hear from you. Fingers crossed for good weather, but in case of rain you can find us in the skyway. See you there!

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