Tours and Primers and Design Charrettes, Oh My! Economic Development Day found the LSP Class learning about Economic Development from a variety of perspectives while getting familiar with the East Side of Saint Paul. We started the day at the new Local 455 Pipefitters Union Hall hearing about the history of the topic from Louis Jambois and representatives from the River, Rail and Workforce Industries. Then we hopped on a bus and Monte Hilleman of the Saint Paul Port Authority gave us a tour of development projects including the Phalen Corridor, Westminster, Williams Hill, and Beacon Bluff. We then spent time at the East Side Family Clinic hearing about Economic Development happening between the community, the City of Saint Paul, the East Side Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the Neighborhood Development Center. That was followed by lunch outside at The HUB, the creative place-making multi-year partnership of the East Side Arts Council and the Saint Paul Port Authority. This educational streetscape incorporates interactive public art focusing on best practices in next generation energy use and storm water management. After returning to the Local 455, the class was able to spend time with 15 experts in Economic Development hearing about their work and asking questions. We rounded out the day with the ever-popular Design Charrette, orchestrated by BWBR architects: Jackie Peck, LSP 2015, Erin McKiel, LSP 2013, and Shida Du. The class worked on a design simulation and worked through what they would like to see developed at the Ramsey County Riverfront Site (former West Publishing and Ramsey County Jail). The class was able to reflect on the day and have some fun at Brunson’s Pub at the end of the day.
Special thanks to Tonya Bauer, Saint Paul Port Authority & LSP 2016, chair of the day and her committee, Maurice Harris of Greater MSP, Ling Becker of Vadnais Heights Development Corporation, and Molly Murphy of Northwestern Mutual and Brunson’s Pub, all from LSP 2017; plus, Kylle Jordan, MN Deed & LSP 2015 and Cat Beltmann, So Good Consulting & LSP 2016. The committee developed an Economic Development Primer that gave the class a great base and common understanding of development terms before the day started and they also developed a packet that showed each of the projects on the bus tour before they were developed and how many jobs were no present at the sites; truly an effort that went above the expected duties of a committee.