Mayor Coleman, SPACC support bonding package

Bonding package released by the governor supports jobs and economic development in Downtown Saint Paul

SAINT PAUL—Today, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Kramer expressed enthusiastic support for the 2012 bonding bill introduced by Governor Mark Dayton this morning.

“This bill will lead to hundreds of new jobs in Saint Paul and thousands around the State of Minnesota,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “This ballpark will help Saint Paul build a regional center for amateur baseball, spur additional economic development in the area, and will further revitalize Saint Paul’s Lowertown district. We are encouraged by the Governor’s support and look forward working with the Legislature to ensure the bill’s passage.”

The proposed 7,000-seat ballpark would be located on the site of the old Diamond Products building, across the street from the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market. The ballpark, which holds support from Saint Paul’s business community, would create 225 construction jobs, 240 full-time and seasonal jobs and $10 million annually in economic growth for the area, prompted by 400,000 visitors.

“When it comes to creating jobs and promoting economic development, few projects match the potential of the Saint Paul Lowertown Ballpark,” Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Matt Kramer said. “Businesses in Saint Paul are thankful for Governor Dayton’s support and look forward to working with the Legislature to ensure this project is part of their bonding package.”

Along with serving as the home field for 50 Saint Paul Saints games, the ballpark would also be the home of over 150 regional and statewide sporting events. Groups such as the Minnesota State High School League and the American Legion would be able to utilize the site.