Thinc.GreenMSP Steering Committee
Thinc.GreenMSP is a new initiative that the Cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis recently launched aimed at developing a set of practical strategies and tools to grow our region’s green economy, create good-paying jobs, and boost our local cleantech manufacturing base.
Thinc.GreenMSP is focused on several targeted outcomes:
• Building local markets for green products and services
• Branding Saint Paul and Minneapolis as a premier place for cleantech business development
• Creating a green business-friendly environment that will help attract, retain, and grow cleantech companies, manufacturers, suppliers, and related services
The two Cities are creating a Steering Committee that will help guide this work. The Committee will include representatives from both Cities, statewide and regional economic development groups, and local business leaders in cleantech manufacturing, construction, finance, and marketing/communications.
The Committee will be charged with providing expertise and guidance to the Cities’ economic development staff and other partners in developing and rolling out several strategic initiatives:
1. “Buy Green” – Local-government green-purchasing partnership
2. “Green Town” – Green building policies and incentives
3. “Re:Purpose” – Cleantech recruitment strategies such as geographic incentives, eco-industrial development and incubator models.
4. “Early Stage Financing” – Financing programs, tools, and resources for cleantech startups
5. “Thinc.Leader” – Recognition and credentialing programs for local cleantech companies and green manufacturers.
Deadline: Open until filled, application review process will begin February 4, 2011.
In 2006, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman began the Mayors’ Initiative on Green Manufacturing with the BlueGreen Alliance to make Minneapolis Saint Paul a national leader in the growing green economy. Through the initiative, extensive work was done to identify the region’s best strategies and opportunities to expand the green economy.
Thinc.GreenMSP is the culmination of that research —a partnership between two cities dedicated to creating an integrated and robust set of tools to grow the region’s economy, to create regional distinction, to drive demand for green products and services, and to generate momentum and support for continued innovation in green manufacturing.
Thinc.GreenMSP will partner with private, public and academic sectors to:
• Implement several Strategic Initiatives to improve Minneapolis Saint Paul’s manufacturing base;
• Grow the market for green products and services;
• Brand Minneapolis Saint Paul as a great place to develop green business; and
• Expand the green business-friendly environment that will make Minneapolis Saint Paul a more attractive choice for manufacturers, suppliers and related services.
The Thinc.GreenMSP Strategic Initiatives
Thinc.GreenMSP will drive five high-profile Strategic Initiatives that will: (1) drive demand for locally produced green products and services; (2) drive demand for highly skilled workers to make those products and deliver those services; and (3) distinguish the region as a leader in innovative economic development and local self-reliance.
Strategic Initiative I: “Buy Green”
Local-government green-purchasing partnership
Working with Minneapolis Saint Paul and other jurisdictions, Thinc.GreenMSP will expand green-purchasing policies for local governments in the region to help grow the market for green products.
Strategic Initiative II: “Green Town”
Incentives for the built environment
Thinc.GreenMSP will support local and state actions to utilize aggressive green building standards. Establishing a green standard creates demand for manufacturers, vendors and suppliers of green products and services.
Strategic Initiative III: “Re:Purpose”
Match existing industrial zones with green assets
A targeted green-business-recruitment strategy expresses a public commitment to attracting new businesses, spotlight smart-growth assets like transit and offer superior space to companies that seek to create synergies with other compatible businesses.
Strategic Initiative IV: “Early Stage Financing”
Finance Program through local investment bank
A critical component in developing a green manufacturing base in Minneapolis Saint Paul is private start-up funding to seed businesses seeking to locate and/or grow within the region. Thinc.GreenMSP will develop creative, innovative and affordable financing options that will create new ways to leverage public investment with private capital, while accommodating start-ups with different needs.
Strategic Initiative V: “Thinc.Leader”
Recognition program for local businesses
Thinc.GreenMSP will establish a program to recognize corporate leadership in green manufacturing.
There are currently sixteen (16) vacancies for a term beginning once appointments are approved by the Mayors of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and their City Councils and ending December 31st, 2011, with the option for annual reappointments through December 31, 2013. All vacancies are Mayoral appointments.
Applicants must fall under one of the following categories:
- Saint Paul Mayor’s Office (or designee), Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development Department or Saint Paul Port Authority (2 vacancies)
- Minneapolis Mayor’s Office (or designee) (1 vacancy)
- Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (1 vacancy)
- Industry: manufacturing, construction (2 vacancies)
- Finance (2 vacancies)
- Statewide or regional economic development agency or group (2 vacancies)
- Marketing/Communications (2 vacancies)
- Business association or business association member (2 vacancies)
- Organized Labor (2 vacancies)
Individuals should indicate on their application which category they would like to be considered for appointment.
The Steering Committee will meet at least quarterly. Each member will have one vote, and all decisions of the Committee will be determined by a simple majority of members present.
Applications are available by clicking on the application links;
Application form: in MS Word or Adobe PDF
or by contacting the Office of the City Clerk at
or 612-673-3358. Persons may apply on their own behalf, nominate others for consideration or inform the Office of the City Clerk of persons to whom they wish application materials be sent.
All applications must be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk.
• Email your application to
• Mail or deliver your application to:
City Clerk Appointments
Room 304, 350 South Fifth Street
Minneapolis MN 55415-1382
• Fax your application to: 612-673-3812
Commission Contact: Emily Stern, 612-673-5191
City Clerk Contact: Julie Meintsma, 612-673-3358
City of Saint Paul Contact: Ellen Muller, 651-266-6605
All applications will be forwarded to both Saint Paul and Minneapolis Mayors for consideration and recommendation to both City Councils.
Attendance: Any member who has more than three consecutive unexcused absences in any calendar year will be replaced.
Note: There is no compensation. The Commission meeting locations are accessible to persons who are disabled.