Economic development that capitalizes on our diversity
“Ward 7 is experiencing a renaissance because we’ve drawn on the strengths of our diverse communities for the economic revitalization of this ward,” Prince said. She cited the new East Side Enterprise Center, a development and partnership organization designed to draw entrepreneurs and small businesses from around the area to grow a healthy East Side.
Neighborhood quality of life is Saint Paul’s greatest asset
“Saint Paul’s neighborhoods, its beautiful parks, recreation centers and libraries need our best ideas and attention to keep this city a place where people want to live, work and play,” Prince said. Ward 7, with an expansive Mississippi riverfront, has the largest amount of open space in the city. “Protecting and enhancing these natural resources lifts our whole city, spurring investment, increasing property values and enhancing recreation options,” Prince said.
Support local businesses by making strategic investments to launch and expand these businesses
Offer more financial and technical support to locally owned businesses to strengthen commercial districts and job creation citywide.
“Cities like Austin, Texas, provide us with a model of how we can make Saint Paul’s homegrown economy a draw for tourists, prospective residents and employees, including millennials looking for a vibrant, diverse and interconnected city to call home.
Building out St. Paul’s fiber-optic telecommunications network should be a top priority. “A high speed network is vital to the competitiveness of the city, and particularly its small and mid-sized businesses,’’
Hold the line on property taxes!
“The current proliferation of tax-increment financing and development subsidies to try to attract business is hurting Saint Paul and our business climate. We can’t keep raising taxes on homeowners to sustain a strong Saint Paul.”
“Raising the tax burden on residential property owners is simply not sustainable,” Prince said.
Re-energize and re-engage Saint Paul’s workforce to help the city run more efficiently
“I know our city workers are great problem solvers,” Prince said. “We must seek their input and advice to make Saint Paul work better.