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Financing Programs

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Revolving Loan Fund

The St. Louis Park Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) provides gap financing along with commercial lending to local businesses.

What is gap financing?
If you can't meet your entire financing need through conventional sources like banks and other financial institutions, the RLF can help. RLF financing is available to fill the gap between traditional private financing, owner equity and total project cost.

Total project cost $500,000
Bank financing - $400,000
Owner equity - $50,000
GAP RLF financing $50,000

Who can apply?
For-profit new and existing businesses located in St. Louis Park can apply for RLF financing. Women, minority and veteran-owned businesses are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to projects that retain existing jobs and/or create new jobs.

Financing terms

  • Loan Size: $50,000 – $200,000
  • Fixed interest rate
  • Up to 10-year term for machinery/equipment
  • Up to 20-year term for land/building acquisition
  • Up to 20-year term for new construction/renovation
  • 10 percent owner equity investment

Types of assets financed/eligible uses

  • Fixed assets
  • Property acquisition
  • Building construction
  • Leasehold improvements

Collateral (one or more of the following)

  • Promissory note
  • Mortgage
  • Security agreement
  • Surety deposits for certain construction contracts

Application review process

  • Applicants must first contact a primary lending agency to determine financial need. 
  • Meet with the St. Louis Park Economic Development Authority (EDA) and Central Minnesota Development Company (CMDC) staff.
  • Complete and submit revolving loan fund application
  • CMDC reviews, evaluates and makes a recommendation on application. 
  • EDA takes final action.

Contact: Mike Mulrooney, CMDC, 763.784.3337

Tax Increment Financing

Tax increment financing (TIF) is a financing method authorized by state law that allows an authority to capture and designate most of the increased local property tax revenues from new development within a defined geographic area for a specified period of time. Tax increment revenues may be used for various qualifying public purposes such as redeveloping blighted properties, remediating contamination, and constructing public infrastructure as well as creating employment opportunities and affordable housing. The main objective of tax increment financing is to encourage certain types of development or redevelopment that would not normally occur without such assistance.  

The City of St. Louis Park considers utilizing TIF funds to assist redevelopment projects in an effort to support the city’s economic development goals and strategies. These goals and strategies include facilitating projects that:

  1. Enhance the overall livability and economic viability of the community.
  2. Foster the expansion, redevelopment and revitalization of the city’s business areas through environmentally sustainable projects.
  3. Retain and foster the growth of the city’s exiting high-quality businesses.
  4. Assist the startup, growth, diversification and expansion of the city’s small businesses.
  5. Recruit new businesses that are compatible with and complementary to the city’s existing businesses. 

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Through a partnership with the St. Paul Port Authority, Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) provides funding to commercial, industrial and multifamily residential property owners for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements to buildings.

Building owners who use PACE pay the financing back through property taxes, as a voluntary special assessment.

Types of improvements
  • Energy efficiency improvements: Lighting, mechanical systems, window upgrades, temperature controls, HVAC equipment, new elevators, new insulation, etc.
  • Renewable energy systems: Solar water heat, photovoltaics, wind, geothermal electric, geothermal heat pumps, geothermal direct-use
  • Electric vehicle charging systems: New and upgraded circuits and related equipment to enable vehicle charging
  • Julie Grove, St. Louis Park economic development specialist, 952.924.2523,
  • Pete Klein, St. Paul Port Authorityvice president of finance,