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New Brownfield and Health Tool Helps Give Blighted Sites a Healthy Second Chance

Revitalizing brownfield sites offers an opportunity for communities to spur economic growth, resolve neighborhood blight, increase community connectivity, restore ecological balance and promote public health. The benefits are tremendous, but often the task of transforming these sites into productive community assets can present challenges, including the complicated process of identifying and prioritizing the redevelopment strategies that will best meet the long-term needs of the environment and community.  Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health have developed a Brownfield and Health Indicator Tool to help community planners, architects, developers and … Read More

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2017 Summer Conference Call for Presentations

The Economic Development Association of Minnesota (EDAM) Conference Committee is looking for Summer Conference session presentations. The conference will run Jun 28th – June 30th and will  focus on Redevelopment and Workforce. Presentation proposals should provide lessons learned, case studies, tools, and resources on topics related to one or both of the dual tracks. Please use the link below to submit your ideas by March 24th, 2017. The Conference Committee will notify selected presenters in April. Questions can be directed to Conference Committee Chair, Eric Maass at EMaass@wsbeng.com. http://www.edam.org/page/Summer_2017_CFP

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2017 APA MINNESOTA PLANNERS CONFERENCE

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA MN) is pleased to announce the 2017 Minnesota Planners Conference in Mankato, MN.  The conference will take place on September 27-29, 2017, at the Verizon Wireless Convention Center. CONFERENCE THEME – The 2017 Conference Theme is Around the Bend: What’s Next for Planning. Planning is inherently about the future and the unforeseen opportunities and challenges it presents. As changes in politics, demographics, and environment create uncertainty, planners need to be able to adapt and develop innovative solutions. In this year’s theme … Read More

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APA MN Latino Urbanism and Engagement Brown Bag

The APA Minnesota Metro Directors are sponsoring a Brown Bag Lunch Event on Friday, February 17th.  Mr. James Rojas will present Latino Urbanism and Engagement.  Mr. Rojas is one of the few nationally recognized urban planners to examine Latino cultural influences on urban design and sustainability in the US.  He has written and lectured extensively on how cultural, social, and economic needs are transforming the American front yard and landscape.  He uses this knowledge to help low-income Latinos articulate their voices in the planning process.  Mr. Rojas has lectured and … Read More

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POLLINATOR POST v6 JAN 2017!

POLLINATOR POST AN URBAN LAND INSTITUTE – MINNESOTA PERIODIC NEWSLETTER fostering a conversation with MSP community leaders about pollinators #HealthyBeesHealthyCommunities   ENDANGERED: RUSTY PATCHED BUMBLE BEE On January 10th, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis) as an endangered species. Once common and abundant across the northeast US, this bumble bee’s range has shrunk by 87%. More information found HERE. LET US BE LEADERS: FOLLOW THE 4-POINT POLLINATOR PLEDGE 1.    Convert under-utilized land to habitat for increased ecological function & support of pollinator … Read More

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Nominations for 2017 MN Climate Adaptation Awards are Open!

The Minnesota Climate Adaptation Awards, presented by the MN Climate Adaptation Partnership, recognize and celebrate exceptional achievements in leadership, education, research, policies, and practices that improve resilience and develop, advance, or implement climate adaptation strategies. 2017 Nominations are now being accepted in the categories of individual, organization, institution, and business. To submit a nomination, send one nomination letter and two letters of support that address the accomplishments and impacts of the nominee’s work to Mark Seeley (mseeley@umn.edu) by March 1, 2017. Award recipients will be presented with honors at the … Read More

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Livable Communities Design Workshops Available!

The Metropolitan Council offers optional design workshops for Livable Communities grant applicants aimed at improving the design of Livable Communities projects. A panel of urban designers, landscape architects, and architects review project designs and provide feedback to LCA applicants before full applications are submitted. The review provides the opportunity for applicants to strengthen their project to best meet LCA goals and priorities. Workshop Goals: Build capacity of applicants to best meet LCA goals Provide clarity regarding LCA design expectations To elevate the quality of projects funded through Livable Communities Who … Read More

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USGBC Minnesota SITES Workshop

For the ULI Member discount code (member rate) please email aubrey.austin@uli.org . Register HERE! Date and Time Thu, October 27, 2016 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT| Add to Calendar Location WideSpot Performing Arts Center N2030 Spring Street Stockholm, WI 54769   Join  USGBC Minnesota, and ASLA Minnesota for a one-day regional workshop on the concepts and goals of sustainable and regenerative land design via the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). SITES® is a program dedicated to fostering resiliency and transforming land development and management practices towards regenerative design. The central message of the SITES® program is that … Read More

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Funding Available: Fall TOD and TBRA Grants

Who is eligible to apply? Cities or towns participating in the Local Housing Incentives Account Program; Metropolitan counties and development authorities (e.g., Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Economic Development Authority or Port Authority). What types of grants are available? Tax Based Revitalization Account: Successful TBRA applications support redevelopments that eliminate or reduce the risk from contamination, increase the tax base and also create or preserve jobs or affordable housing. Applicants may choose one of the following types of grant categories for each proposal submitted for funding: Site Investigation grants are intended … Read More

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Northbest: Ads of Minnesota

The Minneapolis Downtown Council, in partnership with AdFed MN and Intersections: The Downtown 2025 Plan’s Downtown Experience Committee, will host Northbest: Ads of Minnesota on Thursday, September 22 at The Commons beginning at 8 pm. Northbest will focus on Minneapolis’ innovative strength through its nationally- and internationally-recognized work, offering local creative agencies the opportunity to see their work celebrated with the public in an entertaining screening outdoors in downtown Minneapolis. Blog: Don’t Skip The Commericals! Northbest Highlights Very Best Of Local Ad Creations Q&A | Doug Spong on Northbest: “Most Minnesotans have no … Read More

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