News from the Downtown Alliance
January 18, 2019
A note from the president

I just got myself signed up for next weekend's Securian Financial Winter Run , and I hope you’ll take a minute to do the same. Check out the incomparable John Regal promoting this event on Channel 5  and you’ll be fired up to register as well. Its going to be a great event hosted by one of Saint Paul’s longest-standing and most important downtown employers. Plus its a chance to get out and get active before you indulge in and around the Winter Carnival events.

And speaking of indulging – congratulations to our friends at Keg and Case for being name the #1 Food Hall in America by USA Today! 

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes new board chair
Bettina (Tina) Hoye officially stepped into the role of board chair for the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce this week.  Tina has extensive experience in the world of commercial real estate and downtown business and will be a tremendous asset for the organization. We also want to thank Tom Whaley for his work and leadership as the outgoing board chair. Best of luck to you both!
Techstars: Farm to Fork is seeking entrepreneurs
Applications are now being accepted for the second round of the Techstars: Farm to Fork accelerator program. The program connects startups in the ag-tech industry with industry experts and mentors from Cargill, Ecolab and others. The 2018 cohort consisted of nine companies from around the globe chosen from hundred of applicants. Two of those nine companies have chosen to stay in Saint Paul as they continue to grow their businesses. We can't wait to see what the class of 2019 will bring.

Women of Color in STEM on MLK Day
Join the State of Minnesota Governor’s Council this Monday at the Ordway for the 33rd annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr Day . The day will celeb rate women of color in STEM. The keynote speakers for this event are Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to travel in space, and 3M CEO Mike Roman. The event will have a live DJ, a youth rally, and speakers to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Winter Carnival 2019 kicks off with the Moon Glow parade
Mark your calendars! The Winter Carnival kicks off next Thursday night (January 24th) with the beloved Moon Glow pedestrian parade. Everyone is encouraged to participate in this annual tradition that lights up the streets of downtown as illuminated spectators and carnival royalty make their way from the Landmark Center to Kellogg Mall Park. New this year are contests for best decorations, best use of lights, and more!

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