Knight Green Line Challenge

kgl_logo_blue jpgThe Knight Green Line Challenge supports vibrant neighborhoods along the Green Line and seeks ideas from innovators who aim to build a more successful Saint Paul. The challenge is a three-year, $1.5 million commitment from Knight Foundation. It is now in its second year.

Any individual, nonprofit, business, or public entity may submit a project idea. There are just two rules:
• Proposed projects must take place in and benefit at least one of six St. Paul neighborhoods along the Green Line: Downtown St. Paul, Frogtown/Thomas-Dale, Hamline Midway, St. Anthony Park, Summit-University or Union Park.
• Ideas must tap into the potential of the Green Line to create impact in one or more of these three key areas:
o Exciting current residents and attracting newcomers to the Central Corridor
o Expanding economic opportunity and breaking down divides
o Strengthening a culture of civic engagement

From June 10 to July 10 submit your project idea at knightgreenlinechallenge.org. The initial application is easy to complete; you don’t have to be a professional grant writer. Just write what you want to do and how it will make the neighborhoods along the Green Line more vibrant. Sign up for the newsletter and find more information online at knightgreenlinechallenge.org. If you have any questions, plan on attending one of two community Q&A sessions in early June (June 11th and 12th) or you can contact the Knight Foundation at atinfo@knightgreenlinechallenge.org or 651-800-1807.

2040 Visioning Project

The CapitolRiver Council is collaborating with the St. Paul Downtown Alliance to create a vision for the future that will serve as a guide for the development of plans that will boost downtown vitality.

The 2040 Visioning Project is a collaborative effort will result in updating the vision for downtown Saint Paul identified in the Saint Paul Downtown Development Strategy.  Through this project, residents, employees, businesses, property owners, nonprofits and anyone who has a connection to or cares about the long term vitality of downtown Saint Paul are being given the opportunity to provide input on what the city’s urban core should look like 25 years into the future.

The Visioning Project planning committee launched a web based survey to collect vision input from participants.  Ideas are being collected in seven key areas, such as living or working in downtown Saint Paul.  This survey will remain open to anyone who wants to participate until August 31.  Click here to participate in the survey.   The project team will also be collecting input from individuals at events held in the downtown area over the course of the summer.