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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

- CDT
Smart City - Smart North. Session 1: Getting Back To Better
Tom Fisher
Tom Fisher
College of Design, University of MN, Professor
Virajita Singh
Virajita Singh
Unversity of Minnesota, Associate Vice Provost/Senior Research Fellow
Mary Rick
Mary Rick
City of St. Paul, Director of Business Development, Planning & Economic Development
Jason Barnett
Jason Barnett
Flarean, Founder/CEO

During this pandemic, we hear the refrain over and over “I can’t wait to get back to normal.”  There is an honest and earnest feeling behind that sentiment, however, we have been asking ourselves - is “normal” what we want to get back to? In many ways our past “normal” was not nearly good enough and even exasperated many of the problems we are facing during this pandemic.  In this session we’ll outline some of those not-so-good “normals,” how they put us in a worse situation relative to an international crisis and how we have the opportunity to “get back to better” through acknowledging the bad, identify technology and non-technological solutions to address a better tomorrow by making our cities smarter and more responsive to our communities. “Smart North” is a collaboration of people working in and around smart city development thinking deeply around how our cities and communities can better work together and more efficient in building a better normal.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

- CDT
How St. Paul's Restaurants Found Resiliency
Jonathan Banks
Jonathan Banks
NCXT, CEO / Co-Founder
Jeff Aguy
Jeff Aguy
NCXT, Co-Founder
Khalique Rogers
Khalique Rogers
NCXT, Partner Excellence
Mary Rick
Mary Rick
City of St. Paul, Director of Business Development, Planning & Economic Development
Sharon Richards-Noel
Sharon Richards-Noel
West Indies Soul Food INC, President, Head Chef, Ceo
John Gleason
John Gleason
Bap and Chicken, Owner & Chef

The restaurant business was already tough. The transformations of 2020 brought desperation and anxiety to the forefront of day-to-day operations. In this conversation explore how restaurant owners in St. Paul used design, technology and customer experience to survive and thrive.