President Obama is expected to announce a new competition encouraging investments to create jobs and restore “crumbling roads and bridges” when he speaks Wednesday at Union Depot in St. Paul, the White House said.

Tickets to the event are free to the public and available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 10 a.m. Monday at the Union Depot, Suite 120. Tickets are limited to one per person.

The Union Depot recently returned to service as a 21st century regional hub for Metro Transit, Jefferson Lines, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority and Megabus, and will be home later this year to an Amtrak terminal. The depot was restored to its 1920s-era elegance through a $243 million renovation aided by $124.3 million in federal funding.

Obama’s appearance is part of a series of events being planned by the White House this week tied to the economy, manufacturing and jobs. The president has called 2014 his “year of action.”

On Sunday, Republican Rep. Erik Paulsen of Minnesota’s Third Congressional District released a letter he sent to the president on Friday urging him to visit a medical technology company while in Minnesota. Paulsen has sponsored legislation aiming to kill a tax on medical device revenues.

Doors are scheduled to open for the president’s appearance at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are required for entry. Attendees must pass through airport-like security and cannot bring backpacks, signs or banners.

Obama’s appearance will come a week after Vice President Joe Biden visited Minneapolis to attend a fundraiser and meet with residents to discuss the Affordable Care Act.

The president last visited Minnesota in February 2013.