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Innovation cabinet to host networking event

St. Paul's newly formed Innovation Cabinet on Tuesday will host a “Conversations on Innovation” event. People working in fields ranging from technology to higher education to real estate will get to meet cabinet members and participate in conversations about driving business growth in St. Paul.

Mayor Chris Coleman and Councilmember Chris Tolbert will join other cabinet members at the event, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at 214 4th St. E.

The Innovation Cabinet is composed of 16 experts from technology, innovation, economic development, real estate and workforce development. Its mission is to help identify ways to expand job and business growth around technology and innovation sectors. The cabinet will release an action strategy in July 2017.

8 80 founder to visit school, park in St. Paul

On Tuesday, Feb. 14, urban planner Gil Penalosa will visit Gordon Parks High School in St. Paul, as well as a nearby park that is being developed. Penalosa is the founder of 8 80 Cities, the inspiration behind St. Paul's Vibrant Places and Spaces initiative and its $40 million 8 80 Vitality Fund iniative.

Gordon Park High School is located near the Green Line light rail transit route and in an area that "is poised for a vibrancy makeover," city officials said. Penalosa will be at the school from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. He will be joined by Jenna Fletcher, Trust for Public Land program director, and Dai Thao, St. Paul City Council member for Ward 1.

Penalosa, an urban planner based in Canada, "says St. Paul is a shining example of a city that is doing it right – creating a livable city where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities are safe, invigorated and welcomed by their community," officials said Monday.