The City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development (PED) works to ensure that Saint Paul continues to be the most livable city in America, and a recognized leader in city planning, neighborhood revitalization, housing and economic development.The Economic Development team within PED works directly with businesses around the city to provide technical and financial assistance, identify office space with help from a broker network, create solutions for parking, and provides referrals that leverage resources and assistance through economic development partners such as the Saint Paul Port Authority, the Minnesota Trade Office, and Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce.
PED staff also helps businesses by promoting their innovative products and services around the region. To further this work, PED has just launched a new video series called Saint Paul Business Beat that will provide viewers a glimpse inside great companies in Saint Paul highlighting their unique products and services.
The inaugural edition features CoCo, a coworking and collaborative space located in Lowertown at 213 4th Street. CoCo got their start in Saint Paul in 2010 and since then has expanded into Minneapolis with two additional locations, has garnered attention and support from Google for entrepreneurial training, and recently started a new school called Jump! for people to uncover their purpose and design their life’s work around that purpose. Don Ball, co-founder of CoCo gives us a tour and a couple of CoCo users talk about their experience in utilizing the space to do business and network.
Stay tuned for future editions of Saint Paul Business Beat and for more information about PED, visit www.stpaul.gov/ped.