Planning Division

The Planning division promotes the social, physical, and economic well-being of residents, property owners, and business owners of Saint Paul by working on citywide, neighborhood, and major site plans, zoning, and providing local data and mapping resources.

Planning Division

Economic Development

The Economic Development division works to increase the number of jobs in Saint Paul, increase access to those jobs and opportunities, grow Saint Paul’s tax base, and lower unemployment among the City’s diverse populations with disproportionately high unemployment rates. The team also created the Business Resource Center to facilitate access to programs and services designed to help businesses succeed in Saint Paul.

Economic Development Division


The Housing Division works to ensure access to quality housing for all Saint Paul residents. The team finances housing construction and renovations, provide foreclosure prevention and counseling, supports homeless prevention and shelter services, and informs housing policy decisions.

Housing Division

2024 STAR grant applications open Friday, April 5

2/2/2024 Planning & Economic Development

This includes both the Neighborhood STAR and the Cultural STAR programs Online applications will be due Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m.

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Saint Paul Grants Over $2.3 Million in Capital Funding to 41 Neighborhood Businesses and Organizations

12/19/2023 Planning & Economic Development

The 2023 Neighborhood STAR grants support small, minority- and woman-owned businesses across the City of Saint Paul.

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Metropolitan Council Grants Connect People and Place in Saint Paul

12/14/2023 Planning & Economic Development

Two Saint Paul projects received funds through the most recent Livable Communities Transit-oriented development (TOD) funding round.

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Saint Paul Awards Nearly $1.3 Million in Funding to 66 Arts and Cultural Organizations

11/16/2023 Planning & Economic Development

For more than 25 years, the Cultural STAR program has supported local arts and cultural organizations and strengthened downtown as a vital cultural destination.

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Last Edited: January 10, 2024