News from the Downtown Alliance
May 9, 2019
A note from the president
Happy Friday, friends!

Aside from the weather, what a wonderful week it’s been at the Downtown Alliance! We started out by celebrating Bremer Bank’s fantastic new brand, then went on to participate in a great press event supporting additional rapid transit service in downtown, and even got to sit down with KSTP to talk about our pilot Stewardship Program. And today, we’re announcing some of the placemaking activations that come from the community for this summer… whew!

Next week, downtown will be flooded with school patrollers (including a certain patroller that looks a little like me) and Saint Paul school bands (including a certain drummer who looks a little more like his mom), and baseball season will officially begin with the St. Paul Saints home opener. Plus I’ll be getting ready for the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting coming up featuring yours truly! Hope to see you all there.

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Thank you to Brett Hoffland at KSTP for talking with us about the Stewardship Pilot program!
Bremer Bank launches new brand
We kicked this week off with a bang as Bremer Bank unveiled their new brand identity and celebrated 75 years in downtown Saint Paul. It was great to see so many members of the downtown community come together Monday morning to share in the excitement. Mayor Carter even declared it to be Bremer Bank Day in Saint Paul. Congrats to the entire Bremer team on a year's hard work!

Patrols on parade
The 98th Annual Saint Paul Public Schools Patrol Parade is happening next Tuesday in downtown. Starting at 10:30 a.m., more than 800 students and eight marching bands will march from Rice Park to CHS Field where they'll take in the first game of the season. Superintendent Joe Gothard and Police Chief Todd Axtell will serve as parade grand marshals, marching with the students and throwing out the first pitch.

Stewardship Program placemaking projects announced
We have officially announced the additional placemaking projects for our pilot Stewardship Program that begins in June. Winning proposals will be awarded contracts from $500 to $10,000 to execute projects that bring vibrancy and activity to the Stewardship Program’s priority zones. Winning activations cover a variety of projects, from farmers market flowers to street music to mosaic garbage cans.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news