Regional Economic Development

The City of Saint Paul is involved in an initiative to position the Minneapolis Saint Paul region as the world’s premier business location and strengthen our diverse economy to compete in the global marketplace. A Minneapolis Saint Paul Metropolitan Business Plan is guiding our efforts to coordinate a regional approach to economic development.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Metropolitan Business Plan

The Minneapolis Saint Paul Metro Business Plan contains five integrated regional economic development strategies:

Metropolitan Business Plans: A New Approach to Economic Growth - April 2011 (Washington, D.C.)

Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak are jointly presenting the first-ever Metropolitan Business Plan in Washington, D.C. on April 11 at a forum hosted by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

Presentation given by Mayor Coleman and Mayor Rybak

Event website

Video of Mayor Coleman discussing how regions must emulate entrepreneurs (00:57)

Global Metro Summit - December 2010 (Chicago, IL)

On December 8, 2010, Urban Land Institute Minnesota/Regional Council of Mayors and its partners – the Itasca Project, the cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Target Corporation - shared the stage with international leaders at the Global Metro Summit in Chicago sponsored by the Brookings Institution, Time Magazine and the London School of Economics. Mayors Chris Coleman and R.T. Rybak presented the findings from a year-long effort to produce the Minneapolis Saint Paul Metropolitan Business Plan discussion draft. Below are links to materials and information from the summit. Bruce Katz's presentation and video highlights. Mr. Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution, was a keynote speaker at the Global Metro Summit. Global Metro Summit website