The Alliance is a coalition of community-based organizations and advocacy groups building shared power and working together to advance strategic campaigns for racial, economic and environmental justice in economic growth and land development in the Twin Cities region.

Member spotlight: Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA)


When the Green Line started construction through St. Paul’s central corridor in 2012, small businesses on University Avenue faced an uncertain future. Looking to not only preserve but promote the assets of their community, the Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA) deployed a still-new concept: creative placemaking.

Nearly a decade later, AEDA has utilized that approach to not only sustain small business through a precarious period but create a widely recognized  destination in Frogtown and Rondo. Now, with a $400,000 grant from the Kresge Foundation, AEDA is taking its equitable creative placemaking work to the next level — at the local and national scale.