Knight Foundation invests $100,000 in Nicholson Workforce and Innovation Center


Six St. Paul initiatives focused on building community through arts, culture, education and outreach will share $2.15 million in grants from the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, with most of the money dedicated to drawing more foot traffic and vitality downtown.

The Knight Foundation announced its latest St. Paul-specific grant awards during a community dinner for foundation partners, local grantees, staff and trustees, held Sunday night under a tent in Rice Park.

The investments focus heavily on St. Paul’s cultural offerings, especially downtown, with an eye toward making existing institutions such as the Minnesota Opera and St. Paul Public Library’s Workforce Innovation Center more accessible to diverse audiences...

The St. Paul Public Library system will receive $100,000 to boost the Workforce Innovation Center at the downtown George Latimer Central Library by Rice Park.

The innovation center, which is designed to help workers pursue new careers or refine technical skills, opens a new window, will use the money toward public programs, staff training and new technology.