Mayor Coleman and Councilmember Tolbert launch cabinet to grow Saint Paul’s innovation sector

New Saint Paul Innovation Cabinet to host networking event February 21

Mayor Chris Coleman and Councilmember Chris Tolbert today (February 14, 2017) announced the formation of the Saint Paul Innovation Cabinet, which will lead a focused effort to identify ways to expand job and business growth around the technology and innovation sectors in Saint Paul.

“Building on Saint Paul’s strong culture of innovation is important to the city’s future because it attracts outside capital, creates vibrant business districts and provides well-paying jobs,” said Mayor Coleman. “We have brought together this smart and creative group to expand on the existing momentum in Saint Paul’s business community, and to help bolster the environment here that fosters innovation, start-ups and growing businesses.”

With support from Greater MSP, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce and COCO, the City of Saint Paul and Innovation Cabinet members will host a networking event on February 21. Those working in fields ranging from technology to higher education are invited to learn more about the Innovation Cabinet, meet its members and share their ideas for how to foster the culture of innovation in Saint Paul.

WHO:             Mayor Chris Coleman, Councilmember Chris Tolbert and members of the Innovation Cabinet

WHAT:           Innovation Cabinet networking event 

WHEN:          Tuesday, February 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. (short program at 5 p.m.)

WHERE:       COCO – Fourth Floor, 213 4th St. E., Saint Paul, MN 55101

“With our large number of education institutions, an educated workforce, a diverse economy, a high quality of life and an exciting arts and culture scene, Saint Paul is the ideal spot to add new, innovative jobs,” said Councilmember Tolbert. “We believe that with the right initiatives, Saint Paul can expand the number of innovation sector jobs in the city and grow a culture of celebrating and highlighting entrepreneurs.”

The cabinet is comprised of 16 experts from the technology, innovation, economic development, real estate and workforce development sectors. This group’s work will build on the local business community’s existing momentum to develop targeted strategies aimed at building an environment where more innovative businesses can locate and continue to grow. The cabinet will release an action strategy in July 2017.

“Start-ups are crucial to Saint Paul’s future,” said Ryan Broshar, managing director of the Techstars Retail accelerator program. “This is an incredible group of people coming together to shape the vision of what we can do to expand Saint Paul’s reputation as a great environment for startups and innovation.”