News from the Downtown Alliance
June 28, 2019
A note from the president
Hello friends,

I had the honor of speaking at this week’s GREATERMSP Regional Indicators Dashboard event about the importance of goal-setting for our mission of adding jobs for our region.

As we benchmark downtown Saint Paul against other cities in the vitality index we see that we should be working to grow our downtown from 75,000 to 95,000 jobs. All of our partners will have to work together to achieve that, and it won’t come all at once, but I believe we will do it. Our growing residential numbers will add to the vitality making our downtown more attractive for employers, and being a part of a growing region is cause for celebration. In fact, did you know that our region had one of the highest increases of net migration for 25 – 34 year olds? While this key talent segment that we are all competing for was leaving cities like San Francisco and Chicago they were making their way to Saint Paul and our region. Check out the rest of the dashboard results from GREATERMSP.
 
Please take note of our first ever Annual Meeting coming up next month on July 24th. It's been an exciting year, and I’d love for you to join our celebration. Also, if you haven’t stopped in on the new Loon Café, I recommend it. Be sure to take a look at the first of three mural panels that was installed on the Palace Theatre while you're there.
 
Have a happy and safe Independence Day celebration next week!


See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
President
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Pitching the importance of job creation with GREATERMSP this week.
Celebrate the first year of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance!
You're invited to join colleagues and friends from the downtown business community as we celebrate the success and accomplishments from year one of the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance.

Weather permitting* we will gather on the rear exterior plaza of Osborn370 for a short program followed by mingling and refreshments.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the work happening to make downtown Saint Paul a more vibrant place to work, live and play.

Thank you to Bridgewater Bank and Stacked Deck Brewing for their support of this event.

*In the event of rain this event will move inside Osborn370.

Downtown Development Update : Celeste Hotel
Project : Celeste St. Paul Hotel + Bar
Location : 26 E Exchange Street

Celeste St. Paul Hotel + Bar is on schedule to open October 2019. A former convent and renowned music and arts conservatory, this historic Beaux-Arts property offers character and comfort in an excellent downtown Saint Paul location with stunning capitol views. Throughout the property’s transformation, Rebound Hospitality has worked to retain, restore and repurpose as many of the building’s original wood moldings and architectural details as possible. When completed the 71-room hotel will boast 14 suites, 22 king and 35 entry-level rooms; as well as a bar, meeting rooms and fitness room. Guests will also enjoy complimentary breakfast. Situated directly on the light rail Green Line and adjacent to the Fitzgerald Theater, the Celeste St. Paul Hotel + Bar will accept reservations starting July 2019 via its website .
 
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What's happening next week in Downtown Saint Paul
Bands on the Boulevard: Porcupine | July 2, Minnesota History Center

Lowertown First Fridays | July 5, Lowertown

For the Love Festival | July 6, Mears Park