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The St. Paul Pragmatist

BROWNFIELD RENEWAL PERSON OF THE YEAR 2010 MONTE M. HILLEMAN Single dad, music maker, and environmental idealist. That’s how Monte M. Hilleman describes himself on his Facebook page. But the 37-year-old vice president of redevelopment for the Saint Paul Port Authority (SPPA) is considering making a change in that last item. “These past few years [at the SPPA] have led me to think that I need to change it to ‘environmental pragmatist,’” laughs Hilleman. “Some of my [earlier] environmental idealism just wasn’t very pragmatic,” he adds. “There was a time [during his days as a community organizations advocate] when I couldn’t even get my phone calls returned around here, because I was advocating for stuff that... wasn’t doable from a market perspective.” Today, Hilleman is one of the key people helping to manage SPPA’s Beacon Bluff project, a major public/private brownfield redevelopment that includes the former 3M campus on St.…Log In to Read Full Article

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