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Ramsey County Community & Economic Development’s (CED) focus is to improve the quality of life for individuals and families by maintaining the existing housing stock, expanding homeownership and affordable housing opportunities, installing safe infrastructure and facilities, remediating brownfields sites, redeveloping under-utilized properties, strengthening businesses, navigating economic development resources and encouraging job growth. 

Through Ramsey County’s strategic priority of Comprehensive Economic Development to Build Prosperity, CED is embarking on the creation of an economic development vision plan with a strong workforce component. The vision plan is understood to be established as a foundational document that will guide future CED program and service offerings. Additional CED opportunities include a partnership with the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers “Open to Business” program as well as the creation of a regional portal that elevates the county’s presence in economic development.

The department’s staff and focus are divided between economic development programs and redevelopment projects.

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Programs and incentives

On behalf of Ramsey County, CED receives and manages entitlement funds from the federal government (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development): Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) and other programs.  Federal funds are restricted to project activities located in suburban Ramsey County or benefiting low- and moderate-income suburban residents. Since the great recession of the mid-2000s, CED has invested over $30 million in development projects, public infrastructure and businesses.

CED also administers the Environmental Response Fund which may be accessed to clean-up contaminated soil in anticipation of new commercial and residential development. Environmental Response Funds are generated by mortgage registration and deed fees charged as part of property transactions. These funds may be used for soil contamination clean-up projects in the city of Saint Paul as well as suburban Ramsey County.

Redevelopment projects