Economic Development

CSI_Api_View_Skyline_2_Edit(1).jpgThe Department of Community Assets and Development (DCAD) oversees economic development issues and concerns in New Brighton.  Some development occurs on its own and some through the encouragement and assistance of City staff and financing strategies.  DCAD staff works with elected officials, advisory commissions, citizens, and businesses to develop plans designed to build and maintain a healthy residential and business environment.

For more information, call (651-638-2059) or email Ben Gozola, Assistant Director of the Department of Community Assets and Development.

Part of the City’s responsibilities include connecting businesses to other resources including:

Open To Business

Open To Business provides assistance in such areas as start-up and expansion financing, business plan development, licensing, zoning and regulatory issues, and financial management. Open To Business can respond to requests for business assistance when those requests are beyond the range of the services normally provided by your municipal agencies.

For more information, please contact Rob Smolund at 612-789-7337, ext. 260, or by email at  You can also meet with Rob one-on-one at New Brighton’s City Hall the first Thursday of every other month from 9:30am-11:30am.  Office hours will be available on Sept. 5, 2019 and Nov. 7, 2019.

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Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

DEED supports business creation, expansion, relocation, and retention in Minnesota. It stabilizes and stimulates the economy in times of downturn through benefit payments and also supports the workforce needs of Minnesota’s businesses, workers, and communities.

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Ramsey County Programs

Business Loan Program – Ramsey County receives funding from federal sources and repayments of current loans to capitalize its loan pool. Business Loan staff provides technical assistance in meeting program requirements and will work with applicants to determine the most appropriate source for financing.

Economic Gardening Program – The Economic Gardening program is about cultivating home-grown businesses in Ramsey County, and it may present an opportunity for you!

Greater MSP

With its economic development partners throughout the region, GREATER MSP is advancing a coordinated regional economic development strategy, a coordinated regional brand to promote the region’s assets and a coordinated regional business retention, expansion, and recruitment program to stimulate capital investment and job creation in the region. The organization is also promoting a regional talent strategy to attract and retain talented workers.

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Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce

The Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce provides value to stakeholders by advocating for business interests, providing targeted networking opportunities, encouraging economic development and building strong community partnerships.

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St. Paul Chamber of Commerce

The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic network of businesses and individuals organized to deliver economic opportunity for its members.  More than 1,200 Twin Cities companies of all sizes and industries, as well as not-for-profit and government organizations, belong to the Chamber.

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