This week has been full of news about how we can work together with our local and state governments to make downtown Saint Paul a vibrant hub of activity.
A big banner at the Xcel Energy Center
is getting some attention, and is a great example of why the Downtown Alliance is working with the Capitol River Council to allow for better signage for the many businesses and entertainment districts in our downtown.
Despite news reports, I have learned that the
Governor's bonding proposal
DOES support $55 million for the Kellogg/Third Street bridge within his allocation to the Local Bridge Program. Nevertheless, it was disappointing to learn that funding for the Riversedge project was not included. We hope that ongoing conversations will consider the outsized role our capital city plays in Minnesota's economic vitality and strength.
And finally, we must congratulate our board chair Chris Hilger on being appointed to another important organization's board -- the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Congratulations Chris!
Now read on for more information on what's been going on downtown and all the upcoming Winter Carnival fun.
See you all around (down)town,
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance