The City of Saint Paul, Minnesota is seeking an individual to serve as 8-80 Vitality Fellow within the Department of Planning and Economic Development.
Saint Paul’s 8-80 Vitality Initiative is a key Mayoral initiative that promotes economic development through investments that enliven the public realm by promoting walking and bicycling and creating great public spaces.
The results will attract residents, employees, businesses and visitors for years to come. The initiative is inspired by the work of 8-80 Cities, which promotes livable cities where people from age 8 to age 80 are safe, invigorated, and welcomed by their environment.
The 8-80 Vitality Initiative includes the implementation of the City’s $42.5 million 8-80 Vitality Fund, an investment focused on significant improvements in infrastructure and public spaces. Additionally, the Initiative will integrate 8-80 ideas into ongoing activities of each department, embedding vitality into City programs and processes to help attract talent, promote economic opportunities, and engage residents in their city.
The City received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge to fund this 18-month, full-time, 8-80 Vitality Fellow position.
Over 18 months, the Fellow will work across departments including Planning and Economic Development, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and the City Artists, as well as additional partners, to ensure that 8-80 principles are integrated into City projects – from new street crossings, to bike paths in parks, to major redevelopment investments.
The Fellow will also identify and coordinate training opportunities for City staff and community leaders based on the new investments !is is a unique opportunity to reimagine how 21st century infrastructure projects are prioritized, designed, and provide benefits to the public good.
It is an opportunity to be a civic innovator – a catalyst – who can help the City develop new principles and measures for public infrastructure and embed these principles in the way the City does business in the future.
Position will remain open until filled.