The creation of the Rice-Larpenteur Gateway Area Vision Plan was a collaborative effort of the Cities of Maplewood, Roseville, St. Paul, and Ramsey County. The primary purpose of the planning process was to create a strategy to manage future growth within the corridor in a manner that will foster an attractive destination with strong businesses, vibrant neighborhoods, and beautiful places. The study area includes the intersection of Rice Street and Larpenteur Avenue, and extending along Rice Street north to County Road B in Maplewood/Roseville and south to Sylvan Street in St. Paul.
In March, 2019, the Gateway Area Planning Committee hired the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce to staff the new Rice-Larpenteur Gateway Alliance and manage implementation of the Rice-Larpenteur Vision Plan. Next steps include convening and staffing the Interim Alliance, building and supporting a Long-Term Alliance, actively seeking economic development opportunities, leading the development of a multi-year funding strategy, and supporting vibrant community events and place making initiatives.