Central Corridor Funders Collaborative Director moves to new role as Director of Planning & Economic Development for St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (July 2, 2014) – The City of St. Paul announced today that it has tapped Jonathan Sage-Martinson, current Central Corridor Funders Collaborative Director, as its new Director of Planning and Economic Development. 

“Jonathan is committed to the values I believe are essential to making our City the most livable – including viewing planning and economic development opportunities through the lens of equity, sustainability and innovation,” said Mayor Chris Coleman in making the announcement. 

Sage-Martinson has been director of the Funders Collaborative since June 2008. He works with the 12-member collaborative – including local and national foundations – to maximize the benefits of light rail transit for the businesses and residents along the Green Line.

Green Line trains began carrying passengers for the first time on June 14. According to Polly Talen of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and co-chair of the Funders Collaborative, while it is difficult to lose someone as skilled as Sage-Martinson, this transition comes at an okay time.  

“From the beginning, we envisioned the Funders Collaborative as a 10-year initiative designed to work with community partners to create strategies and action plans, and establish policies and programs to guide development of the Central Corridor for decades to come,” Talen said. “That work is well on its way, and thanks to Jonathan we’re well positioned to carry it forward.”

Now, just over two thirds of the way through the Collaborative’s planned life span, all major funding commitments from member foundations have been secured. The Collaborative expects to make an additional $2 million in investments before the group sunsets in 2016. And, the majority of the working groups the Collaborative has initiated and funded – around key issues such as business mitigation, job access, affordable housing, placemaking, and transit access – are well on their way to completing or implementing their work. 

“In many ways, the selection of Jonathan for this key leadership position, says a lot about the importance and caliber of the work on the Central Corridor,” said Funders Collaborative co-chair Ann Mulholland, The Saint Paul Foundation. “The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative has always been a strong collaboration of foundation members who remain committed to the work of building places of opportunity beyond the rail. Our members will continue the work in the short term, and work collectively on a transition plan for staffing of the Funders Collaborative.”

“Jonathan has been great asset to our collective work in the Central Corridor. While we are sad to see him leave, we are excited that he will continue to create places of opportunity – now throughout the entire City of Saint Paul,” Mulholland said.

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