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The Manhattan Institute Honors outstanding urban leaders who have improved the quality of life in their cities with its annual Urban Innovator Award.

Gina M. Raimondo
Michelle Rhee
Renee Glover
Mitch Daniels
Jeb Bush
Paul Vallas
Raymond Kelly
Manuel Diaz
Martin O'Malley
Anthony Williams
Norm Coleman
Jerry Brown
Richard Daley


Urban Innovator Award Winner

Norm Coleman.2001
CCI Delivers Urban Innovator Award to Norm Coleman

On December 4, 2001, it was CCI's great pleasure to honor Norm Coleman, the former Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota and a member of the CCI Board of Advisors, whose efforts to enhance the economic development and improve the educational opportunities of his city garnered attention nationwide.

In a luncheon ceremony at the St. Paul Hotel, CCI Chairman Stephen Goldsmith, Special Advisor to the President for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, presented Mayor Coleman with CCI's Urban Innovator Award in recognition of his tremendous accomplishments during his two terms as Mayor. Coleman was elected Mayor of Saint Paul in 1993 as a Democrat, but left it to join the Republican Party in 1996. He was then reelected in 1997, becoming the city's first elected Republican mayor in over a quarter century.

In those eight years, Coleman presided over a remarkable resurgence in St. Paul. The private sector created 18,000 new jobs, the value of taxable property in the central business district more than doubled and the city's bond rating improved dramatically. At the same time, the school system grew increasingly responsive to the needs of the city's students. Educational choices have been multiplied by a variety of new alternatives, including twenty new charter schools.

Throughout the impressive economic expansion, Coleman rejected the potentially dangerous temptation to increase city revenue by raising taxes, maintaining his publicly-stated commitment to a 'zero percent increase' in property taxes. Instead, he forged new ground in the use of public-private partnerships to strengthen the city. The Capital City Partnership, through which the region's top twenty CEOs promote, market and develop Saint Paul, helped win Coleman recognition from the United States Conference of Mayors for Excellence in Public/Private Partnerships.

Mayor Coleman was the third mayor, and the first Republican, to receive the Urban Innovator Award. The previous recipients were Richard Daley of Chicago and Jerry Brown of Oakland.






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