CapitolRiver Council, an official advisory group to the City Council, represents and works in partnership with all District 17 stakeholders to act on urban planning and community building efforts as part of a shared vision to support sustainable, safe, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods.

Map of District 17

About CapitolRiver Council (CRC)

CapitolRiver Council — District 17 — is one of the 17 district councils for the City of Saint Paul. CRC is a private, 501(c)3 non-profit organization that exists to engage residents, business owners, workers and property owners in issues and projects that affect downtown Saint Paul and the Capitol area.

We achieve our mission by getting people involved — for example, by participating in committees — and keeping them involved by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect, where people can participate in meaningful discussions about livability and barriers to livability. We engage people in discussions about the City’s Comprehensive Plan and District 17 Neighborhood Plans. In 2019, we will be reviewing and updating the Downtown Development Strategy —  by participating in that process, you will help us create a document that better represents a shared vision of ALL stakeholders, and not just a small number of voices.

Through these discussions, we provide opportunities for people to listen to and learn from each other. We also build and maintain professional working relationships with people throughout local government and in other local organizations, so that in addition to listening to your ideas, questions and concerns, we are working collaboratively with decision-makers to influence change.

We succeed when we engage ALL stakeholders / groups in our work:

  • Residents in different buildings, of different ages, with or without children, different ethnic backgrounds, and with different levels of income;
  • Employees in all types and sizes of organizations, in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors;
  • Building owners;
  • Business owners; and
  • Visitors.

If you want to get involved, but our committee meetings are not convenient for you, please contact us, so that we can find a way to include your voice in our work: email CRC Executive Director Jon Fure at office@capitolrivercouncil.org or call 651-221-0488.

2018-2019 CapitolRiver Council Officers

  • Chair: Tiffany Brace
  • Vice Chair: Alesia G. Thompson
  • Past Chair: Tom Erickson
  • Treasurer: Vicki Plaistow
  • External Relations Officer: James McClean
  • Internal Relations Officer: Paul Mandell
  • Secretary: Jeanne Hall

CapitolRiver Council Board Members

Term Expiring in 2019 Term Expiring in 2020 Appointed Members-2018
  Barry Cipra   Tiffany Brace  Kati Berg, Friends of Pedro Park Expansion
  Todd Gray   Jauston-Charles Campbell  Nick Cusick, Visit Saint Paul
  Jeanne Hall   Lupe Castillo  Amanda Feist, Saint Paul Central Library
  Sandra Erickson   John Ganey  Brett Greenfield, BOMA
  Tom Erickson   Bill Huepenbecker  Jennifer Hensley, The M
 Paul Mandell   Amy Lee  Emily Larson, Saint Paul Arts Collective
 James McClean   Vicki Plaistow  Channon Lemon, Saint Paul Area Chamber
 Crystal Meriwether   Chris Smith
 Jonathan Reisetter   Alesia G. Thompson


Meeting Minutes

For Board Meeting agendas and minutes, click here.

More information about District Councils

The Saint Paul City Council adopted the following definition of community participation in 1975: “(It) is a process, not a structure. The City has a responsibility to develop a process that will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to communicate with City government, and further that everyone is assured that they will be heard. This process cannot guarantee that there will always be agreement nor is it a substitution of one level of government for another or any other transfer of power.”

The district councils are designed to foster increased participation in government planning and decision-making within each neighborhood, to ensure a citywide communication network, and a point of contact for land-use issues. Equitable community engagement is the cornerstone of our work. We build connections within and between communities, play important roles in planning and public policy, and engage the community in work that makes the City and our neighborhoods a better and more sustainable place to live, learn, work and play.

Read more about the District Council system on the City of Saint Paul website or Download a map of the Saint Paul District Councils.