Report by U of M students with recommendations for CRC

CRC staff and board members were fortunate to work with several University of Minnesota students in the summer of 2018 to assess CRC’s board governance, mission and priorities, and public engagement in order to provide a set of recommendations. The students produced the following report, “CapitolRiver Council: Mapping the Future to Everyone’s Downtown,” as their capstone project to earn a Master in Public Affairs degree at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This research question served as a guide to the students’ project: How can the CapitolRiver Council most effectively deploy its limited resources to maximize their influence and stakeholder engagement in the political and planning processes of Downtown Saint Paul?

The beginning of the report (pages 1-20) contains the research methodology, findings and recommendations.  The remaining pages contain information from other sources, including some information about neighborhood councils generally,  and about CRC in particular. Starting on page 27, the students present information about the fiduciary responsibilities of nonprofit board members, including the roles of board members as chief stewards of the organization’s resources and mission.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the students’ requests for information. Go to page 41 for survey results and other data based on the personal interviews that were conducted by the students.

Read the full report, Mapping the Future to Everyone’s Downtown

August Public Realm Committee meeting is canceled

FYI – there will be no Public Realm Committee meeting in August. The committee meets the third Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be on Sept. 18, 2018, in Conference Room B, skyway level, 180 East 5th.

Organizational / Orientation Meeting – July 31, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The CapitolRiver Council Board of Directors will meet on Tuesday, July 31, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., in Conference Room B, 180 East 5th Street. This meeting is open to the public, and it will include a presentation by four University of Minnesota students who are completing their Master of Public Affairs degrees. The board members will also elect officers and select a regular monthly meeting date and time. Please see the following additional information about this meeting:

Agenda and Appointed Board Member Bios

May 23, 2018 board meeting minutes

2018 Annual Meeting Minutes

CRC Monthly Financial Statements – 6-30-2018


Congratulations to newly elected board members and thank you to past board members

Congratulations to the following board members who were elected to the CRC board of directors at the June 27 Annual Meeting (in alphabetical order): Tiffany Brace, Jauston-Charles Campbell, Lupe Castillo, Sandra Erickson, Tom Erickson, John Ganey, Bill Huepenbecker, Amy Lee, Crystal Meriwether, Vicki Plaistow, Jonathan Reisetter, Chris Smith, and Alesia G. Thompson.

Thank you to the following people who served as board members in 2017-18: Adam Azra’el, Kati Berg, Barry Cipra, Ed Coleman, Nick Cusick, Bill Englund, Sandra Erickson, Tom Erickson, Todd Gray, Brett Greenfield, Jeanne Hall, Bill Hanley, Sharon Boerbon Hanson, Jennifer Hensley, Xenia Y. Hernandez, Bill Huepenbecker, Tyson Jeffers, Paul Kaelble, Mackenzie Kelly, Emily Larson, Gerry Lauer, Channon Lemon, Paul Mandell, John Mannillo, James McClean, Rhonda Smieja, Nicholas Swanson, and Chris Thomforde. All have provided outstanding service to our community, and they all volunteered their time and talents to make this a stronger organization.