There is no better way to learn about the Green Line than to take a ride. That’s why The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation invited donors to “An Evening on the Green Line” on September 11. The journey for more than 120 guests began at the historic Union Depot, where everyone hopped aboard the Green Line. On the ride, Foundation staff and community leaders pointed out the exciting developments, connections and opportunities emerging along the Central Corridor, and they shared how the Foundations have supported that work.
At the Dale Street Station, the group disembarked for a stop at the Rondo Library for a quick briefing about efforts to help businesses survive during Green Line construction, and how the nonprofit Neighborhood Development Center continues to support small business development along the line.
The group continued its journey to the Raymond Avenue Station, where chartered buses carried everyone to a reception at the Minnesota Museum of American Art in downtown Saint Paul. Along the way, Foundation staff shared more details of economic development and stories of an evolving community along the line.
At the museum, guests enjoyed the current exhibit, which highlights art along the Central Corridor.
“I had dozens of comments about how rich the learning experience was for everyone,” said Carleen Rhodes, president and CEO of Minnesota Philanthropy Partners. “It was a fantastic experience.”
The Saint Paul Foundation and the F. R. Bigelow Foundation are founding members of the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The Collaborative is a group of local and national funders that has worked to strengthen the regional economy and make the neighborhoods along the light rail better places to live, work and have access to opportunity.