News from the Downtown Alliance
June 28, 2018
A note from the president
Hey friends,

This week was one that truly made me reflect on the incredible people and institutions that make downtown Saint Paul and our surrounding community so amazing. From today's H.E.R.B.I.E awards at the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation luncheon to the newly elected members of the Capitol River Council to all of the amazing people who are coming together to re-envision 4th Street, we really are unique -- and lucky -- to have so many hardworking champions for our city. I am grateful to each and every one of them, and hope you'll join me in acknowledging and thanking them for all they do.

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
President
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Congratulations to local leaders
Congratulations to Ecolab Foundation Vice President and Downtown Alliance Committee Member Kris Taylor on receiving the H.E.R.B.I.E. award today from the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce. Recipients of this prestigious honored are selected for exemplifying the traits of its namesake, Herb Brooks: Humanitarian, Enterprising, Resilient, Bold, Inspiration and Ethical.

The Capitol River Council also elected new board members this week at its annual meeting. The Capitol River Council is an official advisory group to the City Council, and represents and partners with District 17 stakeholders to act on efforts around urban planning and community building. Board members volunteer their time and skills to make our downtown neighborhoods more safe, healthy and vibrant.

Former Woolworth's building transforms into The 428
The Woolworth's building which closed in 1993 will be reopening this summer as The 428, bringing 60,000 square feet of new office and co-working space to downtown Saint Paul. This environmentally friendly and modern work space has a rooftop patio and garden, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and building-wide fiber optics, and will bring new employers, jobs, and vitality to downtown.

Envisioning the future of 4th Street
The organizers of the 4th Street Market District recently created a unique placemaking event called the Pop-up Parklet. This fun, portable gathering space was placed near the Jax building in Lowertown for community members to sit and relax, read a book, or chat. Stay tuned for more Pop-up Parklet appearances, and be sure to take a look at the great work the 4th Street Market District is doing to create a more people-oriented street focused on connections, retail, and public art on 4th Street in downtown Saint Paul.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news