Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral
Mayor Carter in winter in front of cathedral

Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is the 46th, and first African-American mayor of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City.

A fifth-generation Saint Paul resident, Mayor Carter leads with an unapologetic equity agenda. Since taking office in 2018, his accomplishments include raising the city’s minimum wage to $15/hour; tripling free programs in rec centers; eliminating late fines in public libraries; reestablishing an Affordable Housing Trust Fund; expanding immigrant & refugee support resources, and launching an Office of Financial Empowerment. One signature initiative is CollegeBound Saint Paul, Mayor Carter’s plan to start every child born in the city with a $50 College Savings Account, starting January 1, 2020.

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City Council

As the legislative body, the City Council is responsible for setting City policy through ordinances and resolutions. The Council also has sole responsibility for adopting the City’s budget. The Council legislates by passing Ordinances which become City laws. The Council also makes performance auditing decisions and monitors the operation and performance of city agencies and holds regular oversight hearings on city departments to determine how programs are working and whether budgeted funds are being spent well. In its decision-making roles, the City Council actively involves the public through its weekly public meetings.

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Latest News

Request for Proposals for Saint Paul Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) Preservation Fund

4/5/2024 Planning & Economic Development

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) of the City of Saint Paul is now accepting proposals for 0% interest deferred loans to support acquisitions of unsubsidized rental properties through the new Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing (NOAH) Preservation Fund.

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Apply now for the Neighborhood STAR and Cultural STAR programs

4/3/2024 Planning & Economic Development

The applications are now open for the 2024 STAR programs. This includes both the Neighborhood STAR and the Cultural STAR programs.

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Summer Camp & Activity Registration

3/28/2024 Parks & Recreation

2024 Saint Paul Parks & Recreation summer registration opens April 1.

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The Heights Awarded $4.7 Million for Geothermal Energy System

3/27/2024 Mayor's Office

The loan award is the first from the newly created Minnesota Climate Innovation Finance Authority

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Last Edited: April 2, 2024