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Smart City - Smart North. Session 4: Building Smarter Resilient Community in the Midway Corridor


Catherine Day
Storyslices LLC
Chad Kulas
Midway Chamber of Commerce, Executive Director
James Garrett Jr, AIA
4RM+ULA, managing partner + architect

James Garrett Jr. artistically creates technologically advanced, resilient design that articulates an evolving comprehension of the 21st century city. As a visual artist, writer, and architect, he creatively expresses the urban condition through inspired design. His work employs diverse media to explore complex theoretical topics from a unique, ethno-experiential perspective.

Garrett holds architecture degrees from the University of California (Berkeley, CA) and Parsons School of Design (New York, NY). He is the co-founder and managing partner of 4RM+ULA, a full-service architectural design firm based in Saint Paul (MN) and New York (NY).

Justin Borrell
Minnesota United FC, General Manager, Allianz Field

Past roles have included small stints within Target Field, Target Center and at the University of Minnesota. At the University I was an Event Manager for several sports and aided in coordinating home events for those teams. I have been with Minnesota United for 7 years and was promoted to the role of General Manager in November of 2017. Since then I have been focusing on how to make not only the experience within the facility spectacular but also partnering with the community to make sure that we are providing the same experience to those around the stadium.

Ling Becker
Ramsey County, Director Of Workforce Solutions

Ling Becker is the Director of Workforce Solutions for Ramsey County. She oversees a department of 80 staff who deliver workforce services and programs to residents and businesses of Ramsey County. Prior to that role, Ling was the Executive Director of the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation serving the NE metro business community. In that role she lead several award winning workforce partnerships with local school district and community colleges. Ling is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. In 2018, Ling was a recipient of Minnesota Business Magazines REAL Power 50 Award.


The Midway area of St. Paul has a rich history, combined with the diverse surrounding communities, aging infrastructure, and the busiest intersection in the state (at Snelling & University). Many stakeholders have been working to create a more resilient and vibrant community in Midtown, in addition to heightened near-term demand from 2020 COVID-19 and social justice unrest along University Avenue. Minnesota entrepreneurs bring a wealth of offerings to the equation, leveraging connected technology and data to help (re)build a better community.