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PlanIt Publishes New Resources for Local Planning Handbook

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PlanIt is the Metropolitan Council’s effort to provide educational opportunities for the 2040 comprehensive plan update process, and newly published resources in the Local Planning Handbook are now available! Remember to regularly check the Resource Library for new information. Below is the list of new and updated Fact Sheets. These can be found under the Housing topic. City Development Powers to Create Legal Entities Collaborating on Housing Strategies Site Assembly Tax Abatement Housing Preservation Tools Rental Licensing and Inspection Homeownership Support Programs Municipal Bond Issuance Recognized Tools and Resources (Updated) … Read More

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ULI Minnesota’s Cathy Bennett Contributes to Experts Forum on Mixed-Income Housing

Cathy Bennett, leader of ULI Minnesota’s Housing Initiative and Advisory Services, recently contributed to a forum on building mixed-income housing with Finance & Commerce. She joined a panel of four other real estate and land use leaders which included ULI members and representatives from ULI Minnesota sponsors the Family Housing Fund, BKV Group, and Sherman Associates. Learn more about these experts and read the edited discussion at the link below. Experts Forum: How to Make Mixed-Income Housing Happen

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Check out the “Singing Mayors” from MinnRoast 2017!

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On Friday, April 28th, MinnPost held its annual MinnRoast event at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Among the many featured performers were eight suburban mayors singing “We’ve Been Governing the Suburbs,” a parody of the famous folk song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.” These mayors are also members of the Regional Council of Mayors. Here’s the full list of performers who graced the MinnRoast stage: Mayor Jim Hovland, City of Edina and RCM Co-chair Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens, City of Woodbury and RCM Co-chair Mayor Denny Laufenburger, City of Chanhassen Mayor … Read More

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Business Outreach Coordinator Opportunity with the City of Saint Paul

The City of Saint Paul, MN is hiring a Business Outreach Coordinator to: Market Saint Paul as a great place to do business. Develop and execute strategies for effectively landing new and expanding businesses in Saint Paul, spurring job and tax base growth, consistent with the city’s Economic Development Strategy. Lead a strategic team approach to identify, prioritize, and initiate business retention, expansion, and attraction visits. Join a team that is passionate about building a vibrant Saint Paul! We’re seeking candidates who are entrepreneurial, with a strong background in business … Read More

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Serve as a Board Associate at CommonBond and Make a Difference in Your Community!

Care about affordable housing? Want to help people with low- and moderate-incomes achieve their goals? Thought about joining a nonprofit Board, but weren’t confident you could help? CommonBond Communities is now accepting applications to its new Board Associates Program. CommonBond is interested in engaging young professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who are interested in learning about and gaining experience in board service while being mentored by a current board member. For more information, check out the Board Recruitment Flyer.

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ULI Study: Immigrants Driving Household Growth

Immigrants Driving Housing Demand A newly published study by the Urban Land Institute’s Terwilliger Center for Housing found that immigrant families are responsible for 28% of household growth in the United States over the last two decades. The study, Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand, evaluated five different types of immigrant communities in five different major metropolitan areas–San Francisco, Houston, Minneapolis, Buffalo, Charlotte, and Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Using data from the American Community Survey, the study determined that if not for the continued strong demand for homeownership among immigrant populations, housing markets would … Read More

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MnDOT Technical Assistance Panel Featured in UrbanLand Magazine

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Last June, ULI Minnesota convened a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, focused on freeway lid opportunities along I-94 and at I-35W near Washington Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. This project looked at how MnDOT can develop a 21st century strategy for freeway construction and was our organization’s biggest and most complex TAP to date. The result was a concept called the Healthy Communities Initiative aimed at restoring the physical, environmental, economic and social health of communities along the interstate. Now, Archana Pyati has written a story for UrbanLand, the … Read More

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ULI Life Trustee Bob Engstrom Featured in Star Tribune Article

At the Star Tribune, Rick Nelson recalls fondly his time growing up in Burnsville and his memories of the Birnamwood townhome development, writing “I dreamed that we’d trade our shag carpeted split-entry on B’ville’s west side for a townhouse in stylish Birnamwood.” ULI Minnesota’s own Bob Engstrom, a ULI Life Trustee, was instrumental in that development. Nelson describes it thusly: It was created by Pemtom, a developer that practically invented the Twin Cities suburban townhouse landscape. Through the participation of its many forward-thinking principals — including visionary land-use expert Bob … Read More

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U.S. Green Building Council Holding Impact 2017 Conference May 3rd in Saint Paul

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IMPACT 2017 is May 3rd.  Green Building leaders are at the forefront – locally, regionally and nationally – in creating global action to reduce our environmental impact, improve our health and well being, and create new economic opportunities. Coming together from different places and professions helps drive important conversations that we can all take back to our communities. The IMPACT 2017 conference will illustrate through case studies, examples and best practices how green building is growing at the community scale by using innovative technologies and systems, and incorporating health and … Read More

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Greater & Greener 2017: Connecting Cities, Cultures, and Generations

ULI Minnesota encourages you to check out and sign up for Greater & Greener 2017, which will be held locally in Minneapolis and Saint Paul! Greater & Greener is an international urban parks conference and will run from July 29th through August 2nd. Early bird registration is available through the end of March. For more information including registration, click here. From the City Parks Alliance press release: Park leaders, city planners, design professionals, and urban park advocates will convene in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, July 29-August 2, for Greater & Greener 2017: Connecting Cities, … Read More

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