News from the Downtown Alliance
January 17, 2020
A note from the president
Friends,

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,

Joe Spencer
President
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
REMINDER: Register today for our first 2020 Speaker Series event
Join us February 4 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!

This event is part of our 2020 Speaker Series, where we will host guest speakers on a variety of topics relevant to downtown employers, workers, residents and community members.

The Winter Carnival is upon us!
It's the time of year where we forget our winter blues, bundle up and embrace the cold for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival! Things kick off on January 23 with the opening ceremony, with events like King Boreas' parade, a live music series and Hops and Hounds in Rice Park occurring through February 2.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
Photo by Scott Takushi, Pioneer Press
Events coming up around Downtown Saint Paul
Winter Carnival Opening Ceremony | January 23, Rice Park

Cinch World's Toughest Rodeo | January 24-25, Xcel Energy Center

Securian Financial Winter Run | January 25, Securian Center
Now open downtown
275 4th Street East
Union Depot
282 6th Street East
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