Economic Development Services

Central Business District Accessibility Improvement Grant Program

The grant fund can be used to improve the access to buildings for those with mobility impairments.  Eligible projects include the installation of wheelchair ramps, lifts or automatic door opening systems. Application Deadline:  4:30 p.m. on February 26, 2021. 

Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund

  • Finance up to 40% of identified project costs
  • Eligible project costs include:
    • Building improvements or expansions
    • Land / Building Purchase
    • Machinery / Equipment
  • Interest charged at U.S. Prime Rate
  • Mortgage subordinated to primary project lender
  • Variable amortization based on loan amount with balloon payment

Historic Preservation / Accessibility Enhancement Loan Fund

  • 0% interest
  • Eligible projects (Subject to review / approval of the Heritage Preservation Commission):
    • Americans with Disabilities accessibility enhancements
    • Exterior building repair, maintenance or renovation
    • Façade enhancements including signage
    • New doors, windows or awnings
  • Finance up to 90% of project costs
  • Loan secured via recorded mortgage
  • Partial loan forgiveness
  • Restricted to properties within the Heritage Preservation District
  • Variable amortization based upon loan amount

Business Start-Up Assistance

  • Business plan preparation
  • Financial projections and cash flow analysis
  • Market analysis
  • Marketing and promotions planning
  • Social media presence consultation

Business Administration Consultations

  • Expansion planning and strategies
  • Human resources administration and policy development
  • Succession planning
  • Supply chain analysis

Heritage Preservation Commission

Heritage preservation and revitalization of Saint Peter’s downtown district has been a recognized priority for years. In 1988, the City Council acknowledged this need and adopted the Saint Peter Heritage Preservation Ordinance creating the Heritage Preservation Commission to guide the restoration and rehabilitation of the historic business district.


The Heritage Preservation Ordinance is intended to preserve the natural beauty and distinctive character of the downtown district. Adherence to the ordinance will promote the charm and atmosphere of an integrated shopping, living, entertainment and recreation area for visitors and the citizens of Saint Peter.

Prior to the issuance of a building permit for signs, graphics or work which would alter the appearance of any designated property the Heritage Preservation Commission must review the project for conformance with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.


Design review applications are available from the Community Development Office.

Traverse Green Subdivision

For more information and financial assistance programs go to the Traverse Green Subdivision page, contact the Community Development office at 507-934-0661, or email Ben Baker.