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Each week I send out an FYI Update to City Council and staff on the latest happenings within the City of Maplewood.  I would like to share this information with the residents of Maplewood, as well. 

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Feb 26

February 23, 2018

Posted on February 26, 2018 at 12:42 PM by Chad Bergo

Meetings and Announcements:  

Our next City Council meeting and Manager Work will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018.   Start time for Workshop is 6:00 pm.

Maplewood Business Council will meet Thursday, March 22 from 7:30 m – 8:30 am at the Maplewood Community Center.  A strong, diversified economy in Maplewood is critical to the well-being of the businesses and residents of the City and to the fiscal strength of the City. The goal of Maplewood's 2040 Comprehensive Plan is to identify and outline the roadmap to support the ongoing growth of companies and industries while preserving and enhancing quality of life factors that make Maplewood attractive to new companies and new residents.

Please join us for a conversation! The City of Maplewood will discuss how the 2040 Comprehensive Plan has evolved since our last meeting to better promote the ongoing growth of companies and industries while preserving and enhancing quality of life.

The business perspective is important to the City of Maplewood, so this opportunity to give feedback is encouraged

Save the date- Maplewood Spring Clean Up, Saturday, April 21st, 8am -1 pm, Aldrich Arena

Updates from Staff and Council

ADMINISTRATION

Rotary Fun:

On Thursday I participated in Dictionary drop off day to 3rd graders in the entire Maplewood, North St. Paul and Oakdale schools. The photo below is taken at Gethsemane School.  It is amazing how much the kids loving getting the dictionary and learning how much information is in the book.  The second photo is from Rotary this morning. The President dressed up as Elton John to sing happy birthday to me and another member Sonja. We have a really fun group of members!

Ramsey County HRA Levy Discussion- Below is email I received from Johanna Berg, Deputy County Manager regarding HRA levy:

Hello City Managers and Administrators, as most of you know, I assumed the Economic Growth and Community Investment (EGCI) Deputy County Manager position in January.

We’ve recently received inquiries from some cities regarding Ramsey County pursuing an EDA. 

The County Board has not discussed this. The Board has approved its 2018 legislative platform and it DOES NOT include any proposal to expand the HRA or create an EDA or CDA.

We do want to continue the discussion about strategies to work together to increase economic growth throughout the county. And the County does have a related strategic priority:

Comprehensive Economic Development to Build Prosperity

Ramsey County will leverage public investments and further countywide relationships through comprehensive economic development and impact investing to build prosperity and opportunity throughout our community.

The action steps we had planned include:

Develop departmental and Service Team action plans to implement the impact investment framework.

Enhance community engagement to develop, implement and support comprehensive economic development.

This work was intentionally put on hold until the new EGCI Deputy County Manager was in place.

I’ll let you know when we start the work up again.  We are committed to authentically engaging Ramsey County cities in economic development discussions.

I appreciate your updating your elected officials as appropriate.

Thank you,  Johanna
Johanna M. Berg |Deputy County Manager
Ramsey County
Economic Growth and Community Investment Service Team

214 East 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN  55109
651.266.2762
www.ramseycounty.us

News From local sources and agencies :

https://www.twincities.com/2018/02/21/maplewood-wins-portion-of-lawsuit-against-cable-commission/  

http://eastsidereviewnews.com/articles/2018/02/20/maplewood-and-cable-commission-await-judge’s-decision-115-million-lawsuit  Reference:  City Manager Melinda Coleman

http://www.startribune.com/grants-kick-start-energy-efficiency-projects/474386193/  Reference:  City receives grant for solar


Thanks for reading. This has been a short but very hectic week. I would like to thank Mayor Slawik and Council for checking in with me this week as we face some challenging issues. I appreciate your support and will continue to keep you informed of on-going concerns. Please call or email any time. Melinda