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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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Finance & Commerce: MnDOT Digs into Driverless Bus Technology

Over at Finance & Commerce, Clare Kennedy writes about the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) February 2nd launch of a project to explore the use of autonomous buses in Minnesota. Motivated by the potential of autonomous vehicles to improve safety, MnDOT believes it is important to help advance the performance of autonomous vehicles in a climate that is much more varied than the California testing grounds where most research and development is taking place. Get the full story here.

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APA MN Latino Urbanism and Engagement Brown Bag

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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!

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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!

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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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ULI Minnesota convenes “Southwest LRT: A Story of Collaboration and Development”

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On Wednesday, January 11th, ULI Minnesota convened a forum in the St. Louis Park City Hall Council Chambers to share how the prospect of light rail transit (LRT) catalyzed corridor-wide collaboration among Hennepin County and the five cities with stations along the proposed route. This resulted in a shared housing strategy, an investment framework, and the development of innovative financial tools and policies that are producing dense, walkable, mixed-use and mixed-income developments throughout the corridor. ULI Minnesota was proud to contribute to these efforts over the last several years through … Read More

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Reimagining the Winter City: Metro Transit TOD Forum

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Join the Metro Transit Office of Transit Oriented Development for Reimagining the Winter City – a half-day mini conference for designers, planners, engineers, and developers in and around the Minneapolis – St. Paul region to come together and better understand the immense opportunities to reshape our urban spaces to become true four-season cities. We can build vibrancy, increase mobility, and support transit service in all seasons of the year with the right plans, projects, and programming. REGISTER AT THE LINK BELOW Reimagining the Winter City You’ll hear from a team … Read More

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Livable Communities Design Workshops Available!

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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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The Critical Importance of Civic Trust

As 2016 ends, we are experiencing one of the most contentious and tumultuous periods in recent memory. If it feels like there is something more in the air right now than what happens in every major election year, there is data to back that up. Research from Gallup shows that Americans’ confidence and trust in our most important institutions–government, police, religious organizations and more–are at or near historic lows. We want to share a different story. ULI Minnesota has been building trust among our region’s political, civic, and business leaders … Read More

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ULI MN in the News: MnDOT TAP and 11th Annual Economic Outlook

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ULI Minnesota held two major events this week, and we were excited to receive press coverage for both. ULI Minnesota Technical Assistance Panel for MnDOT On Tuesday, ULI Minnesota held a public presentation at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Saint Paul to share the findings of the Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) completed on behalf of MnDOT. Our panelists were asked to consider whether private sector investment would generate sufficient revenue to pay for building “lids” and other improvements along I-94 as it is rebuilt in the coming years and what steps … Read More

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