News from the Downtown Alliance
January 10, 2020
A note from the president

There are several rounds of congratulations in order this week! On Monday our friends at Afro Deli officially opened their newly expanded location at 7th Place and Wabasha. If you haven't been over to check it out yet, grab a friend and go for lunch or stop in before a show at the Palace. And speaking of grand openings and relocations, Just/Us is back and better than ever in Lowertown. They have been getting rave reviews across town and starting this evening they're celebrating with a full weekend of grand opening events including live music, performances and more.

Congratulations as well to our newly sworn in City Council members! We look forward to working with all of you in the coming weeks and months towards our shared goal to drive jobs and vitality into downtown.

Finally, as we teased a few weeks back in 2020 the Downtown Alliance will be hosting a series of events geared towards downtown workers, residents and enthusiasts. Our first event is coming right up on February 4th and registration is now open. We'll be hearing from David Dixon about the ways technology, trends and demographics are all influencing the futures of downtowns like ours. You won't want to miss it. Please feel free to share this invite with anyone you think would be interested.

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Registration for our first 2020 Speaker Series event now open
In 2020 the Saint Paul Downtown Alliance will host a series of guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to downtown employers, workers, residents and community members. You're invited to our inaugural event on February 4th with David Dixon, Stantec Urban Fellow.
Downtowns face a period of unprecedented opportunities over the next two decades. The extraordinary changes that have triggered revitalization of North America’s cities are precursors to more far-reaching change. Some of these changes are visible today—exploding demand for urban living due to changing demographics, massive relocation of our creative and knowledge economies as jobs and investment follow talent to downtowns and urban districts, and growing economic inequality paired with the suburbanization of poverty.
Join us February 4th 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.

Nominate the best Saint Paul businesses
Downtown is fortunate to be home to some of the best businesses in the city. If you've ever received stellar service, a fantastic meal, or just an all around great experience at a local business, now's the time to let it be known. Nominations for the best Saint Paul businesses will be accepted now though the end of February. For the past four years the City of Saint Paul has given out awards for the best businesses in each of four categories : Traditional (in business for more than five years), New Kid On the Block (in business for less than five years), Good Neighbor (businesses who are dedicated to their neighborhoods and communities) and People's Choice.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
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