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North Saint Paul Economic Restructuring: Downtown Niche Analysis

Chiumento, Alyssa, Robert Clarksen, Tony Damiano, Wesley Johnson, Anthony Lau, and Tashna Silburn

Produced by students in PA 5511: Community and Economic Development, fall 2013 (Instructor Bob Streetar, Humphrey School of Public Affairs). As part of Resilient Communities Project partnership with the City of North St. Paul, a team of student researchers at the University of Minnesota conducted an analysis to determine potential market niches that the North Saint Paul community could develop in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the downtown area. As the City of North Saint Paul moves forward in line with the community’s 2008 vision of developing a “futuristic or progressive image in redevelopment areas while maintaining a sense of its past,” it is critical that the community utilize existing assets in a way that connects the past to the future in a practical and meaningful way. Therefore, the student team recommends that North Saint Paul pursue the development of market niches focusing on the city’s heritage, present opportunities, and future possibilities. Their recomendations strive to leverage North Saint Paul’s unique attributes to maintain a competitive position, not only in terms of downtown retail activity, but in terms of establishing a truly unique sense of place that is driven by high-wage jobs and quality of life.

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Minneapolis: Resilient Communities Project.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is supported by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Institute on the Environment.
37 pp.
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