Saint Paul council approves sweeping plan to redevelop former Ford plant

The Saint Paul City Council and Mayor Chris Coleman approved the Ford Site redevelopment’s Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan. The plan sets the framework for a vibrant, mixed-use urban village. The Ford Site encompasses 135 acres of land along the Mississippi River in Saint Paul and plans for its development has been shaped by studies and community feedback over the past 10 years.

It is anticipated that Ford Motor Company will put the site on the market in early 2018. The Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan identifies the site’s redevelopment potential and market value to prospective buyers and sets a framework for the phased development, which will likely take place over the next 15 to 20 years.

To learn more, read this Pioneer Press article.


Jake, the Policy Fellow

Congratulations to our Jake Loesch, who was selected as a 2017-18 Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The program brings together professionals from government, business, and nonprofit organizations across the state for leadership training and projects that benefit our community.

The mall movers of Bay Park Square

Calling themselves the “mall movers,” more than 70 people gather each day for coffee, conversation and exercise at Bay Park Square Mall in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Over the years, the mall walking group has formed a strong bond and is estimated to be one of the largest in the country.

To learn more, watch this WBAY-TV WBAY-TV segment.

Mystic Lake lands high-end music venue for the Super Bowl

Nomadic Entertainment Group, the traveling concert and party producers, will build a second pop-up venue at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The club will fit 9,000 fans for four nights of concerts during Super Bowl LII. Performances will be announced by Mystic Lake in the coming months. Previous Club Nomadic performers have included Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift.

To learn more, read the Star Tribune article.

Are e-newsletters junk mail?

Reaching someone’s email inbox is rather easy. But in a world with so much competing news and information, the challenge is to reach the person, not their mailbox. How does an organization create an e-newsletter that people read?

A longtime staple of the communications toolbox, newsletters of yesteryear were lengthy, printed mailers. With the arrival of email, many organizations made the switch, enabling them to communicate more nimbly and affordably. Yet this transition from a print to digital format requires a change in strategy.

The most widely read e-newsletters are highly visual, light on text, and mobile-friendly. Links help achieve conciseness and drive traffic to your website.

Whether you want to start an e-newsletter or improve an existing one, contact Heidi Larson to learn more.


Sick boy finds help with Partners for Asthma Action

When construction started near his home in Milwaukee, five-year-old Gabriel Miller found his severe asthma was only getting worse. After visiting the hospital many times, a nurse contacted Partners for Asthma Action through the American Lung Association. The organization worked with the construction company, as well as doctors and health departments to help the boy dramatically deduce his symptoms.

Learn more about Gabriel’s story by watching this CBS 58 segment.

Partners for Asthma Action educates St. Louis teachers, parents and students

Cases of asthma are on the rise in the United States, and poorly controlled asthma is the leading cause of school absenteeism. That’s why the American Lung Association’s Partners for Asthma Action program is working to help children from low-income families manage their asthma and lead full and productive lives.

The St. Louis Public School District has teamed up with the program to help their teachers, parents and students better understand the condition. Learn more by watching this KPLR-TV segment.


St. Olaf ranked nationally for ‘Best Campus Food’

St. Olaf was not only recently named the top school in Minnesota, but also one of the best in the nation for on-campus food by Princeton Review. As students head back to campus, Executive Chef Matthew Fogarty from Bon Appétit, St. Olaf’s catering company, stopped by WCCO-TV to show Jason DeRusha and Kylie Bearse how to prepare one of the many delicious dishes they make for students, Huevos Racheros.

To learn more, watch the WCCO-TV segment.