Economic Development


Saint Paul aspires to be "The Most Livable City in America" and the broad objective is to ensure that "livability" encompasses economic sustainability. Our economic future is built on the foundation of the city's strengths - a well-educated and creative workforce, sound infrastructure, and local businesses rich with growth potential.

Our Planning & Economic Development staff facilitates a wealth of business programs and services designed to help businesses develop and succeed in Saint Paul that include:

  • Providing financial and technical assistance to commercial businesses, non-profit organizations, developers and neighborhood groups
  • Assisting developers with the redevelopment, rehabilitation and contamination cleanup of commercial properties
  • Collaborating with our partners on economic development initiatives in an effort to stabilize commercial areas and neighborhoods

Relying on Partnerships to Leverage Limited Resources

Saint Paul is fortunate to have a strong tradition of collaboration among various sectors and institutions. Ensuring the economic stability of the City of Saint Paul requires all stakeholders to work together, sharing responsibility for achievement of the overall objectives.

The established formal partnership among the city, Saint Paul Port Authority, Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation and Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, is essential to achieving the economic development goals outlined in the Economic Development Strategy.

Accomplishing our economic development goals also relies on scores of other partners including colleges, training institutions, community development corporations, ethnic business groups, business associations.

Saint Paul On The Move

This publication illustrates Downtown Saint Paul as a city where people work, live, and play: Saint Paul On The Move Brochure

In the past decade, downtown Saint Paul has experienced a 38% increase in housing units and 28% increase in residents.

Regional Resources

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The Line, a weekly online magazine, tells the story of the new economy in the Twin Cities -- a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play.

Each Wednesday, the online magazine presents original stories, video and photography to tell that story. Sign up on their website to receive The Line free in your inbox each week.

GREATER MSP is a private-public partnership committed to stimulating economic growth and prosperity in the MSP region. It's the resource for businesses looking to locate or expand here.