The growth of employment centers involving green jobs is particularly valuable in this economic climate, as a 2009 study from Pew Charitable Trust found that the number of green jobs in the United States grew 9.1 percent between 1998 and 2007, about two and a half times faster than jobs growth in the economy as a whole. Minnesota already exceeds the national average in its share of the clean energy economy as a percent of its overall economy with 0.64 percent of its jobs, while the national average is 0.49 percent. Despite these encouraging figures, Saint Paul is working hard to further demonstrate and enact a stronger commitment to capture a stronger share of the market for this portion of the economy.
What is Saint Paul Doing?
- Launching the ground-braking Thinc.GreenMSP Initiative, a partnership with Minneapolis and the BlueGreen Alliance to make Minneapolis-Saint Paul a national leader in the growing green economy.
- Unveiling a strategic marketing plan to attract green industry to the Twin Cities.
- Publishing materials to draw economic development to the region, with a focus on green characteristics, including a site proposal and industry overview.
- Contributing to a green product and services directory for the region.
- 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.