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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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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


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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ULI MN Completes “Healthy Communities Initiative” Technical Assistance Panel for MnDOT


On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT), ULI Minnesota recently completed its biggest and most complex Technical Assistance Panel to date. Under the leadership of Commissioner Charlie Zelle, MnDOT approached ULI MN with a 21st century strategy for how interstates could be rebuilt to restore connections in adjacent neighborhoods and foster new growth opportunities on MnDOT right of way. This strategy involves constructing “lids” above the roadway and preparing freeway embankments to support development. MnDOT invited ULI MN to conduct a Technical Assistance Panel to analyze whether private … Read More

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South Quarter IV Wins Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award


South Quarter IV, a housing development in Minneapolis, has been selected by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Terwilliger Center for Housing as the winner of the 2016 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. The annual award, which honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes, is provided to developments in which all or a portion of the units are affordable to households earning up to 120 percent of the area median income (AMI). South Quarter IV, which was honored during a ceremony … 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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Well Being and a Sustainable Future

Well Being and a Sustainable Future   Presented by Interface/Pulse Products/Fluid Interiors/MSR/CBRE In our ever-changing world, we seek a better understanding of our environment and the role of industry to chart our future. The past few years have focused on developing systems to ensure better-designed buildings and responsible use of materials. The industry is now transitioning toward a focus on the health and well-being of its occupants. Leading researcher and author, Bill Browning, has been exploring the economics of biophilic design and will provide us with valuable insight into how our … Read More

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5th Annual Technology Solutions for Sustainable Buildings 2030 at Science Museum of Minnesota


The 5th Annual Technology Solutions for Sustainable Buildings 2030 will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 1:00-6:00pm at the Science Museum of Minnesota in Discovery Hall on Level 4. Join this event to hear about the latest strategies for building energy conservation. The cost is $26 per person and includes parking, tea, coffee, and hors d’oeuvres. Agenda 1:00 pm Welcome – Pat Hamilton, Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of Minnesota 1:05 pm Introduction – Kris Kohls, Xcel Energy (20 minutes) 1:30 pm Getting to Net Zero Building: Prototypes – Richard Graves, … 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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