Planning & Economic Development

The Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) builds community wealth through business, housing, jobs, planning, financial and cultural assets.

To achieve this mission the department administers a variety of planning, housing, business and economic development activities. These activities support a number of community initiatives and also provide direct benefits to home owners, home buyers, renters and businesses.

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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.

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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.

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

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