Mayors Chris Coleman of Saint Paul and R.T. Rybak of Minneapolis presented a commissioned study on Earth Day in 2008 that provides a blueprint for both cities to pursue green manufacturing opportunities and take advantage of the expanding business sectors around green products and design.
The study, Making It Green in Minneapolis Saint Paul, authored by Candace Campbell of CDC Associates, examines three green manufacturing sectors and outlines strategies for the two cities to capitalize on those sectors’ potential. The study looked at job growth opportunities in the green building, transportation, and renewable energy sectors and found that the area has significant advantages for green manufacturing. Taken together, Minneapolis and Saint Paul are the 4th largest manufacturing city in the U.S, and both cities have policies in place to attract industrial firms; both offer ready marketplaces for green products and suppliers; and both have an increasing variety of renewable energy sources and green transportation/shipping business.
The Mayors’ Initiative on Green Manufacturing is supported by the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation.