Newspaper article MinnPost.com

St. Paul Is Finalist in Innovation Contest with Plan to Cut Red Tape

Newspaper article MinnPost.com

St. Paul Is Finalist in Innovation Contest with Plan to Cut Red Tape

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St Paul has made it to the final 20 in a national contest that asks cities to come up with innovative ideas to solve problems and improve life.

There's a $5 million grand prize in the Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge. There are also four $1 million prizes.

St Paul's entry:

Saint Paul will "provide unique online access to the permit review and license process for residents, developers, and business owners with the goals of improving customer satisfaction, getting better development outcomes, making government more transparent, and reducing the costs incurred by both the customer and the taxpayer. An online tool that takes applicants through the process, step-by- step, will help them better understand the scope of applicable regulations, community review requirements, and anticipated time frames."

As Mayor Chris Coleman describes it: "This innovative idea to help streamline city processes would cut red tape in our community and would continue to show that Saint Paul is open for business. …

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