News from the Downtown Alliance
January 31, 2019
A note from the president
What a week its been for all of us! Saturday’s Securian Winter Run felt cold at the time, but by today’s standards it was down right balmy at 0°! Our friends at the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and Minneapolis Regional Chamber not only worked together to host a fantastic Breakfast with the Mayors event this past Tuesday, but they are collaborating on a great concept tomorrow. After four days of schools being closed, the local chambers have declared tomorrow to be an “Adult Snow Day.” Each chamber will host hot cocoa and treats in their respective lobbies. What a brilliant idea to celebrate the end of no-school by indulging a little and supporting our local businesses!

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
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Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations release second volume of East Metro Pulse survey
On Monday this week, the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations released the second volume of East Metro Pulse, a survey of residents in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties that measures community vitality and quality of life. The data is free and available at , and the Foundations encourage policy makers, funders and local leaders to use the data to find opportunities to learn, champion important issues and create new networks that will benefit our community.

Hops and Hounds at the Winter Carnival
It wouldn't be Minnesota without a 70 degree temperature swing in a single week at least once a year, right? Fortunately warmer temps are just around the corner and just in time for Hops and Hounds at the Winter Carnival this Sunday. It'll be an afternoon of fun geared towards spoiling your best four-legged friend with treats and activities just for them, but food trucks and breweries will also be onsite to keep everyone happy.
Upper Mississippi Academy will find new home downtown
Upper Mississippi Academy will soon move to the former McNally Smith college campus at 19 Exchange St. The charter school, which currently enrolls just shy of 300 students in grades 6-11 plans to grow to 425 students in grades 6-12 in the coming year. Renovations are planned to maximize the school's mission of collaborative learning and its new unique downtown setting.

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