The City of St. Cloud’s Culinary Bicycle Tour in February received the Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council at its virtual annual conference this week.


We are honored to receive this award and are proud that our continued efforts to promote the redevelopment in the city have been recognized. said Andre Anderson. The Culinary Tour helped ignite more activity in the newly designed downtown area, and we look forward to presenting another Culinary Tour soon.

Andre Anderson

Community Development Director, City of St. Cloud

To ignite more activity to the newly designed downtown and highlight the improvements, the City hosted its first culinary bicycle tour on February 29, 2020. Bicyclists met at Lakefront Park and cycled to various stops around St. Cloud, where they were treated to samples of food and beverages from some of the city’s favorite eateries. Participating restaurants included Southern Grounds, Brews N Blues, Phyre, Loading, 10th Street Deli, and Crabby Bill’s.

The police-escorted tour was designed to introduce attendees to the fine eateries in St. Cloud and to promote economic growth while bicycling, eating and sipping the afternoon away. The tour provided attendees the experience of eclectic culinary dishes in their own backyard. This creative infusion of public private partnership promoted shopping local, business retention, and tourism.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. 35 award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities.

“The winners of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day”, said 2020 IEDC Board Chair and One Columbus CEO Kenny McDonald. “We’re honored to recognize the more than 100 communities whose marketing campaigns, projects and partnerships have measurably improved regional quality of life.”