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Community and Economic Development


Economic Gardening - Planting a new Economic Development Strategy in Ramsey County

Ramsey County’s Second Stage businesses are encouraged to take advantage of a new opportunity to grow their businesses stronger, healthier and faster. If you or a company you know can answer the following questions, Economic Gardening may offer the tools you need to cultivate your business.

>For profit, privately held and headquartered in Ramsey County?
>Generating $1M to $50 M annually?
>Employing 10-99 employees?
>Showing growth in 2 of the past 5 years?
>Providing products or services to regional or larger markets?

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Ramsey County Funds Awarded in 2014

  • NEC-Weatherization – suburban county-wide
  • Ramsey County Homeowner Rehab suburban county-wide
  • East Metro Place, 3521 Century Ave N, White Bear Lake,  Playground renovation
  • Pioneer Manor Rehab, 2225 6th St, White Bear Lake
  • Yost Park ADA improvements 1856 Florence Street, White Bear Lake
  • Ramsey County Business Loan
  • WAND-Resource, Inc.
  • Homeline
  • Twin Lakes Phase I, 2785 Fairview Ave. Roseville
  • Maplewood Senior, Frost at English, Maplewood
  • CHDO Set Aside
  • FirstHOME – Downpayment Assistance

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FirstHOME Program Funding

Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA)/Community and Economic Development (CED) is pleased to announce that the FirstHOME Buyer Assistance Program is back in business. FirstHOME funds are available. Fund commitments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

FirstHOME has been used by 225 first-time homebuyers since it began in 2000-a program investment of nearly $2.5M.

During this time, there have been dramatic shifts in the real estate market and in the economy overall. The FirstHOME program is changing to reflect the changing marketplace:

  • The maximum assistance available per property is reduced to $10,000 to enable greater participation despite fewer funds being available.
  • Income Limits have also fallen slightly
  • Ramsey County works directly with your lender to reserve funds
Lenders can get more information here.

Refer to the FirstHOME Fact Sheet for more information about the program and if you qualify, ask your lender to reserve funds.

Other News & Information:

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development REPORT


FHIC (Fair Housing) RFP Information



As part of our community's certification to affirmatively further fair housing with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we are required to undertake Fair Housing Planning. Responsibilities of Fair Housing Planning require:

1. An Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI)

2. Actions to overcome the effects of impediments identified through the analysis; and

3. Maintenance of records reflecting the analysis and actions taken.

The AI posted at is a review of impediments to fair housing choice in the public and private sector. We want your feedback and comments!

The comment period is from Monday, December 15th, 2014 - Friday, January 16th, 2015. Provide your comments on the draft by emailing


Resources for families in housing crisis - Housing Crisis Response in Ramsey County provides housing services and support for Ramsey County families, single adults, and unaccompanied youth who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. Housing Crisis Response in Ramsey County provides housing services and support for Ramsey County families, single adults, and unaccompanied youth who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.


To search for available commercial or industrial properties in Ramsey County, go to and click on "Search Properties". It takes you to a powerful, GIS based site selection tool that enables you to locate buildings or land, pull up site-specific demographic data, and generate valuable reports.

Mortgage Foreclosure Information - Mortgage foreclosures are legal actions taken in relation to real estate, as opposed to personal property.  Foreclosure affects homeowners and renters. Learn more about what resources are available.

Click here for information on the Ramsey County Sheriff Department foreclosure process.