Mayor Coleman looks to future in annual address

6:55 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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SAINT PAUL, Minn. - While Mayor Chris Coleman praised projects currently underway, it's what lies ahead for the city that highlighted his State of the City address Monday.

"Let's take a moment to enjoy our successes," he told city leaders and residents. "But let's keep moving forward. Together, we will build on our accomplishments."

Mayor Coleman acknowledged the ballpark in Lowertown and the light rail project expected to be completed next year. He also took time to adress the importance of the Macy's location downtown.

"We must make the most of this opportunity," he said. "While I'd love to see a tall, class-A tower rise out of the old Macy's site, we should understand if that's a vision rooted in future business needs."

A task force comprised of business leaders and developers has been pulled together and will begin the research process.  Ideas will likely be presented later this year.

While development remained a key focus, the Mayor said he believes recruiting young people is also a key to success.

"The fastest-growing demographic in Saint Paul is the 25 to 34-year-olds," said Mayor Coleman. "They are the future workforce in our city."

In an effort to reach the next generation, Mayor Coleman announced today the launch of a new app. The app will allow residents to connect with city leaders, find information on events, and report potholes, among other items.

For more information on the city's app click here.

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