CapitolRiver Council

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CapitolRiver Council is one of the 17 district councils for the City of St. Paul, Minnesota.[1] This organization advocates on behalf of all members in the downtown community to ensure citizen participation in efforts to support a safe, clean, vibrant neighborhood and a healthy economic community.[2]

CapitolRiver Council—District 17
US Bank Center, 101 East 5th Street, Suite 240

Phone: (651) 221-0488 Fax: (651) 221-0581

501(c)3 Non-Profit
Board of Directors: 35 members

District Councils are the seventeen geographic citizen participation districts established by the City of St. Paul in 1975 to organize the citizen participation process throughout the city. The district council structure is designed to foster increased participation by citizens in their government, to ensure a city-wide communication network, a point of contact for land use issues and a participatory planning process. Each district council has a community council of elected volunteers and operate as a private non-profit organization, 501(c)(3).


The CapitolRiver Council advocates on behalf of residents, employees, business owners, visitors, organizations, and corporate institutions in downtown Saint Paul, to ensure citizen participation in our efforts to support a safe, clean, vibrant neighborhood and a healthy economic community.


Most committee meetings are open to the public.

Downtown Life Committee strives to make Saint Paul the most livable downtown in America by maintaining safety, building community, advocating for necessary amenities, and encouraging social connections and events.

Development Review Committee reviews downtown development projects to ensure benefit, sensitivity and compatibility with downtown community and vitality.

Executive Monitors the big picture goals and long-term functioning of CapitolRiver Council by ensuring bylaw and legal compliance of all organizational activities and providing guidance and oversight for operations.

Environment, Public Realm & Movement Committee seeks to connect and beautify the downtown community by advocating for and supporting efforts to: provide safe and easy-to-use movement options, create a green and inspirational downtown streetscape, and promote techniques for environmental sustainability.

Small BusinessCommittee serves the needs of the downtown small business owners by developing community and mutually beneficial cooperation among businesses with 50 or fewer employees.

Marketing/Fundraising Committee raises visibility of CapitolRiver Council and supports the work of committees. The Committee also assists with increasing the operational and service capacity of CapitolRiver Council by raising funds from multiple sources.

Skyway Committee Committee strives to improve all things Skyway and review applications for varriance to the skyway hours. Committee has 7 voting members, but all are welcome to participate in the discussions.

Board of directors[edit]

The CapitolRiver Council is governed by a 35-member board.[3]

2010-2011 CapitolRiver Council Board Membership

Matt Anfang, Saint Paul BOMA
Nina Axelson, District Energy
Chris Beckstrom, Heritage House resident
Claudia Cackler, 9th Street Lofts resident & TPT
Ed Coleman, 7th Place Apts resident and The Spectacle Shoppe
Julio Fesser, Securian
Timothy Griffin, Saint Paul Design Center
Rod Halvorson, City Walk Resident
Vern Harmon, Unity One Credit Union
JoAnn Hawkins, Twin Cities Public Television
Michael Heelan, Great Northern resident
Kristi Iverson, Ecolab
Adam Johnson, Visit Saint Paul
Mark Karason, Printers Row resident
Karl Karlson, City Walk resident
Paul Mandell, Capital Area Architecture and Planning Board
John Mannillo, Downtown Building Owners Association
Tara Mattessich, Moore, Costello & Hart LLC
Ellen McPartlan, Lot 270 resident
Lisa Metwaly, Q Kindness Cafe
Jim Miller, James Miller Investment Realty Co.
Troy Parkinson, Galtier Towers Apartments resident
John Patton, Airye resident and United States Postal Service
Dusty Perryman, The Saint Paul Hotel
Greg Peterson, Market House resident
Rosemarie Reger- Rumsey, Listening House
Tessa Retterath, Kellogg Square resident and The Schubert Club
Andrew Schlack, Lowry resident and Greater MN Housing Fund
Renee Skoglund, Healtheast City Passport
Bill Thurmes, The Hearn Company / US Bank Center


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