Over the course of nearly 90 years, the Saint Paul Port Authority has evolved into an organization not only committed to river commerce, but to one that is focused on attracting and retaining living wage jobs in Saint Paul, increasing the tax base and creating sustainable development opportunities. Since 1962, the Saint Paul Port Authority has redeveloped 17 business centers throughout the City. Today, there are approximately 500 businesses located in Saint Paul Port Authority business centers, with the majority falling under the light industrial classification. The end results has been the creation and retention of 25,000 jobs in Saint Paul and an annual contribution of $12 million to the City of Saint Paul’s tax base.

Our work is accomplished through four key focus areas:

Brownfield Redevelopment
The Saint Paul Port Authority purchases commercial real estate properties that are complicated due to the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. We dedicate our resources to remediate these brownfield properties by removing or sealing off all contaminants and ultimately eliminating the environmental concerns. Properties are then put back on the commercial real estate market for as a little as $1.00 and sold to businesses committed to state-of-the-art facilities, job density, living wage jobs with benefits and hiring from within local neighborhoods.

Harbor Management
The Saint Paul Port Authority manages four ports along the river, where commodities are loaded on and off of barges throughout the shipping season. Nearly 6 million tons of commodities passed through the Twin Cities’ river terminals in 2015. Top exports include corn, soybeans and wheat. Imports include sand, gravel, fertilizer, cement and coal. There are close to 1,100 jobs tied to the Saint Paul Harbor.

Energy Savings Programs
The Saint Paul Authority manages two energy saving finance programs that help commercial property owners state-wide: MinnPACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) and Trillion BTU. Both programs help commercial business owners make investments that significantly lower energy costs, often at a rate higher than the loan payment obligation, making these upgrades cost-positive investments. Most industries qualify for financing, including commercial, industrial, nonprofit, places of worship and multi-family units. Qualifying upgrades include energy efficiency solutions (HVAC, motors, etc.) and renewable options (solar, geothermal and wind).

Port Consulting Services
The Saint Paul Port Authority has developed an expertise working closely in both the public and private sectors with a strong track record of getting complicated projects off the ground. As a result, the organization offers consulting services to smaller communities to help them achieve similar results.


Trillion BTU Energy Conservation Program

The Trillion BTU Energy Conservation Program combines public and private money to help Minnesota businesses lower their energy costs and reduce energy consumption.

Additional Programs:

The Energy Savings Partnership Program brings reduced interest rate loans for energy efficiency & energy savings projects. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE Program) is an innovative way to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades to buildings.


   A growing body of research demonstrates that ENERGY STAR certified buildings on average use 35% less energy than comparable buildings, command higher occupancy rates and rental premiums, and reduce air emissions as well as operating costs. According to ENERGY STAR data,buildings that benchmarked for three years saw an average energy savings of 7%. Whether you want to reduce your carbon footprint or simply save money, energy efficiency is key. You must measure your energy use in order to manage it. The MN ENERGY STAR Challenge will help you to track your energy consumption with the EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manage and provide assistance to become ENERGY STAR certified.