Mayor Chris Coleman announced today the departure of Cecile Bedor, who has served as Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department Director since 2006. Bedor has accepted the position of Executive Vice President at Greater MSP. Her last day at the city will be Thursday, May 8.
In her eight years as Department Director, Bedor has overseen some of Saint Paul’s biggest projects, including the Penfield, the Lofts at Farmers Market, rezoning of Central Corridor and several projects along University Avenue, the Inspiring Communities program, Schmidt Brewery, and the planning work to date on the redevelopment of the Ford site. She also lead the successful negotiations with Exxon Mobil, ensuring future development and green space at Victoria Park, and facilitated the move of many new businesses into Saint Paul.
“Cecile has been a true asset for the City of Saint Paul, cultivating successes in historically difficult economic times, and it is hard to see her go,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “I have no doubt Cecile will bring her tenacity and dedication to her new post at Greater MSP, and I look forward to working with her as we continue our partnership with Greater MSP.”
Bedor is the longest-serving PED Director in Saint Paul’s history. In addition to her work as Department Director, Bedor also served as Executive Director of the City’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. In her new role as the Executive Vice President, Bedor will be responsible for organizational operations.
Mayor Coleman expects to name a replacement in the coming months.