Minnesota Idea Open and MCF member The Saint Paul Foundation have just announced the thirty semi-finalists for the Forever Saint Paul Challenge. Over 900 ideas were entered, seeking to answer the question, “What would you do with $1 million to make Saint Paul great?”
Semi-finalists were selected by a panel of nearly 40 community volunteers representing a wide range of expertise and experiences. The semifinalists are now expanding and refining their ideas ahead of the finalist selection process in June. Here is a small sample of their ideas:
- Adam Gabriel Napoli-Rangel’s idea for the Oral Histories of St. Paul Neighborhood Art Movement, a project to create art pieces in historic locations in St. Paul Neighborhoods that incorporate local oral histories
- Amy Hyatt-Blat’s Wabasha Capitol River Strip, an idea to create a walk-able mile-long business and cultural district along Wabasha Street in downtown Saint Paul
- Lucas Havens’ idea for a program called Passport to Professionalism, a high-quality online credentialing system to recognize youth for skills and accomplishments that don’t necessarily show up in their GPAs
- Michele Hanson’s idea for the Minnesota DNR Central Region Community Connections, which will develop recreational and educational programming where our urban neighbors and non-traditional communities can come to learn about the unique resources found in the bluffs and floodplains of the Mississippi River valley
- Amy Schroeder Ireland’s idea for Bike-Connect St. Paul which would would update Saint Paul’s bike infrastructure and create a more uniform system of paths and bike lanes
You can view all the proposals as they are updated at MNIdeaOpen.org/ForeverSaintPaul.
Public to Vote on Finalists
Later this summer, a panel of experts will judge the top 30 ideas and select three finalists. The public will then be able to vote of which of the finalists will receive $1 million cash prize. Public voting will begin August 13, 2013 and end September 2.
In addition to online and text message voting, the Idea Open will visit neighborhoods in Saint Paul, and have a voting booth at the Minnesota State Fair.
Check out all the proposals and choose your favorites now, then stay tuned to www.mnideaopen.org for final voting details!