Midway Avenues Newsletter February 28, 2017

 The 2017 Economic Development Summit will kick off with a forum of the five mayoral candidates in Saint Paul, where we will learn more about the candidates' visions for the business community and the Midway.  Next, we will have breakout sessions where guests can choose from nine different topics, including access to capital and how to work with the media.

Following that, 
HealthEast President/CEO Kathryn Correia will speak on 'Anchor Institutions as an Economic Development Engine.' The event will conclude with lunch and a keynote presentation by Sunrise Banks CEO David Reiling.

Schedule of the Day
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Registration & Light Refreshments
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. - Saint Paul Mayoral Forum
9:15-10:30 a.m. - Breakout Sessions (see below list)
10:45- 11:30 a.m. - 'Anchor Institutions as an Economic Development Engine', with HealthEast President/CEO Kathryn Correia
11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.- Monthly Luncheon with David Reiling, CEO, Sunrise Banks

Breakout topics include:
  1. Access to Capital: crowd-funding, secondary market, selling shares. What are the resources and new tools to raise capital? How does a small business become bankable and get its finance sheet ready for financing?  
  2. Working with the Media: Minnesota Lawyer editor Barb Jones: How do I pitch my story? How do I handle bad news about my company? What are tips for working with reporters if I want to be a source and develop a good relationship?  
  3. Snelling/University: What's on the periphery of the proposed soccer stadium? City Council President and Ward 4 representative Russ Stark and PED Director Jonathan Sage-Martinson will lead.  
  4. Getting to Yes! Understand the processes for partnering with the city to operate and do business in the City of Saint Paul. Session Leaders: Travis Bistodeau and Dan Niziolek, deputy directors, Department of Safety & Inspections.  
  5. 21st Century HR Challenges: Learn how to attract and keep millennial employees, provide opportunities for older workers, and train and engage "second chance" employees and other skilled workers.  
  6. Dynamics of Public-Private Partnerships: Public/private partnerships can be tremendously valuable for community development. The public sector leverages funds, reduces risk for the private sector, and facilitates the development of infrastructure and environment necessary to attract private investment and positive development outcomes. Saint Paul Port Authority President Lee Krueger to present. 
  7. Perceptions of the Midway: Past, Present and Future. When people think of the Midway, what do they think about? What's good, what's bad? John Harrington, chief of Metro Transit police, and Midway Chamber Board member Courtney Henry from McDonalds will lead the discussion. 
  8. Tomorrow's Workforce: Aligning the Business Community with Higher Education. How can these entities work together to prepare and retain our future workers? Mary Rothchild, Minnesota State University System and Tracy Wilson, Saint Paul College, present. 
  9. Content Marketing and Thought Leadership: Finance & Commerce president and publisher Bill Gaier will address how to use content marketing to establish yourself as an expert in your field, a thought leader. He'll cover how to use existing content and how to create and distribute new content via blogs, news sites and social media, as well as how content drives Google search research. 


Buffalo Wild Wings
80 Snelling Ave. N.
 Saint Paul, MN 55104

Thursday, March 2
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Have you seen the full menu at Buffalo Wild Wings? It's much more than wings! Have some salad, a sandwich and more:  http://www.buffalowildwings.com/en/menu/ 

Join us as we celebrate and support our local businesses .  Every two weeks we visit a restaurant along the line and encourage our membership and the community to take transit and join us in our effort to "Keep it green, Keep it local."

Economic Development Meeting Recap
B. Kyle gave a very timely presentation today on the former Macy's site at the Economic Development meeting Tuesday. On Monday, the site was given its official name (read the article in our member news segment). The site will be home to several businesses and offices, including an auxiliary location for the Saint Paul Police Department and the training facility for the Minnesota Wild. 
B. Kyle presents a video of the Minnesota Wild and the future of the former Macy_s site

The meeting also had a presentation by a nonprofit member, Ka Joog. Recently, Ka Joog turned down a $500,000 federal grant it had been awarded. The group will hold a fundraiser on April 29 at the Muse Event Center. More details to follow. To learn more about Ka Joog, click here to check out their website.
Daud Mohamed talks about Ka Joog and an upcoming event


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