Full Stack Saint Paul: Placemaking for Tech in Capitol City
For tech and innovation to thrive, Minnesota needs to create environments that support technology entrepreneurs, connect large and small companies, and attract the people needed to grow great companies. Saint Paul has a long history of innovation and currently claims leaders like Ecolab and Securian as key employers as well as well-known software companies Infor and Granicus (formerly GovDelivery). A new collaboration known as Full Stack Saint Paul builds on this legacy and momentum. Motivated in part by software entrepreneur Scott Burns' frustrating search for downtown office space while CEO of GovDelivery, this civic/community/business joint effort unites innovative companies large and small, higher education, state and local government, and community leaders.
Born out of the Innovation Cabinet convened by Council Member Chris Tolbert and former Mayor Chris Coleman, Full Stack Saint Paul launched in the summer of 2016 and has already sparked real change in the form of more jobs, signed leases, community building, and an increase in tech events. In this session, Burns, Tolbert, and Sharon Kennedy Vickers (Blacks in Tech and recently named the City’s Director of Information Technology) will share the Full Stack story, accomplishments to date, questions that remain open, and valuable lessons for the rest of Minnesota.
CEO & Co-founder, Structural
Council Member, St. Paul City Council
Sharon Kennedy Vickers
Co-founder of Blacks in Tech, Director of Information Technology for the City of St. Paul