Economic Development Authority
The Economic Development Authority (EDA) meets on an as-needed basis. Any scheduled EDA meetings will be held at the Municipal Center in conjunction with City Council meetings and are open to the public.
Agendas & Minutes
The 7-member City Council makes up the West St. Paul Economic Development Authority Board. The 2019 Economic Development Authority Officers are as follows:
- President: Dave Napier
- Vice President: Anthony Fernandez
- Treasurer: Dave Napier
- Assistant Treasurer: Char Stark, Finance Director
- Secretary: Shirley Buecksler, City Clerk
- Executive Director: Jim Hartshorn, Community Development Director
The EDA has many development rights and powers, including acquiring property, making loans to businesses, issuing bonds and establishing tax-increment districts.
The EDA of West St. Paul continues to work in a variety of areas to assist, support and encourage re-development, especially along the Robert Street Corridor.
Community Development's Role
The Community Development Department works with the EDA on redevelopment and other economic development activities to ensure that the city has a healthy business community and tax base. Visit our Economic Development webpage for City of West St. Paul demographic, retail trade and available site information.
Quality Housing Program & the EDA
The City of West St. Paul and the Economic Development Authority adopted the Quality Housing Plan in 2000 to address issues and components of quality housing that result in a housing stock that is aesthetically more attractive, has increased valuation, is healthier for residents and improves the security and social fabric of the community at large.
The Quality Housing Program consists of 5 programs, including:
The West St. Paul Economic Development Authority was established in 1999 in order to address business development opportunities and priorities in the City. The Economic Development Authority acts to acquire, finance, and aid in the redevelopment of older and deteriorating properties. The Economic Development Authority meets to establish priority areas and direct efforts of redevelopment.