As mayor of St. Paul, you already know I will go to the mat to make sure we do everything we can to bring Amazon's 50,000 good paying jobs to St. Paul and the region. The people of St. Paul are diverse, hard-working, smart, and talented. We are ready to work. We can not only expand Amazon's online market share but also the quality food business with our organic farms throughout the state.

Accomplishments

  • Led the “Open for Business” initiative to streamline better customer service experiences, and reduce the red tape that particularly disenfranchises potential minority business owners
  • Removed the government restriction on St. Paul liquor stores’ weekday business hours
  • Helped to get millions of dollars for the new Minnesota Wild practice facility in the old Macy’s building
  • Facilitated the privately-funded top-tier Major League Soccer stadium that will replace weeds and cracked blacktop in St. Paul’s Midway, while also catalyzing major redevelopment in the area
  • Convened a group of business owners around the new MLS stadium to discuss strategies to support them through the construction
  • Leverage a mix of public and private dollars to upgrade the roads around the MLS stadium site and make the area more bike friendly
  • Invested in neighborhood commercial nodes such as Selby and Victoria, Como/Front/Dale, and Lower Rice Street

Policy Platform

  • Supports a $15 minimum wage and flexibility for small businesses while they build up the revenue to sustain the higher wages
  • Cut red tape and use technology to streamline interactions with small business and City government
  • Restructure the Street Maintenance Program (Right-of-Way Assessment) to make it fair. Work with non-property tax paying organizations of St. Paul to help mitigate the expense of maintaining our beloved city
  • Promote St. Paul as great place to operate for businesses of every size
  • Create greater access to capital for small businesses
  • Create the Mayor's Committee of Business Partners (consisting of East Metro Fortune 500 CEOs and small business owners) to evaluate economic strategy and recruit new businesses and jobs to St. Paul