News from the Downtown Alliance
January 24, 2020
A note from the president
Hello Friends,

The Winter Carnival is always a fun time of year in downtown Saint Paul. From the ice carvings and ice bars, to the Winter Run happening tomorrow morning (you can still sign up and join me!), to parades and much more, it has all the traditional celebrations of winter. This year there are even more fun things happening including the just-opened Miracle on Ice Museum at CHS Field along with the continuation of Destination Winter ice skating and Securian Financial Super Slide also at CHS Field. Make sure you get out and enjoy as much of this fun season as you can.

You may have seen news this week about a policy proposal from the City Council that would explore adding a 1 cent sales tax in Saint Paul. While that may well be a tool worth looking at, I appreciate the voice of restraint (including Mayor Carter's), and would offer a reminder that these kinds of policy decisions should come after engaging with various stakeholders in our communities. As an organization with a mission of driving jobs and vitality into downtown, the dialogue needs to include both small businesses and large employers that our city needs in order to thrive.

Finally, before closing, I want to congratulate The M (formerly the Minnesota Museum of American Art) on their opening last night of A Choice of Weapons, Honor and Dignity: The Visions of Gordon Parks and Jamel Shabazz. Be sure to stop by to see it while its up. 

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
After last year's Winter Run
The Winter Carnival is upon us!
The Winter Carnival officially kicked off last night and there's no shortage of events and activities over the next 10 days. If you're wondering where to start our friends at Visit Saint Paul have compiled a great guide to make sure you don't miss any of the fun.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
Events coming up around Downtown Saint Paul
Frozen Family Fun Night | January 30, CHS Field

Doggie Depot | February 1, Union Depot

Vulcan Torchlight Parade | February 1, Rice Park
REMINDER: Register today for our first 2020 Speaker Series event
Join us February 4 at CHS Field as we hear from David Dixon, FAIA about how downtown Saint Paul can make plans today to manage—and draw public benefit from—this period of transformational change. This event is free and open to the public, but spots are limited. Please use the link below to reserve your spot and share widely within your network!

This event is part of our 2020 Speaker Series, where we will host guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to downtown employers, workers, residents and community members.

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275 4th Street East
Union Depot
282 6th Street East
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