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12th Annual Economic Outlook Program Presentation

View Brian Beaulieu’s presentation from 11.15.17 here.

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National report finds MSP region could be growing in better, smarter ways

New report ranks major metropolitan areas based on their development, and examines how sprawl relates to prosperity, health and quality of life. CONTACT: Zachary Zweifler,, 612-594-1824 (Minnesota) Craig Chester,, 202-215-8858 (National) Washington, DC/Saint Paul, MN—People in compact, connected regions are healthier, have lower household costs, have greater economic mobility and more transportation choices—and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul region could be doing more to support those goals according to a new report out today from Smart Growth America. Measuring Sprawl 2014 examines development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the … Read More

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Mayor Tabke named ’40 under 40′

Shakopee Mayor Brad Tabke was named a “40 under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal (MSPBJ) on Monday afternoon. The publication recognizes 40 young professionals each year for their work and contributions to the Twin Cities community. Tabke and his fellow honorees were selected from a pool of more than 450 nominations. “It just goes to show all the good things we’re doing down in Shakopee are getting noticed,” Tabke said. “I’m excited and honored to be in that group.” Tabke is a part of the Regional Council … Read More

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Regional Indicators Initiative Live!

A new interactive website will allow citizens of 20 Minnesota cities to track how their communities are reducing greenhouse gas emissions — and how they are not. The Regional Indicators Initiative (RII) site, a vivid and easy-to-use key to a huge storehouse of local energy data, is an outgrowth of several climate change mitigation initiatives by the state Legislature, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Green Step Cities program and the Regional Council of Mayors. It enables citizens to assess emissions from residential and commercial energy use, transportation and other activities … Read More

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Greater MSP Ahead May 31st Event

The May 31 meeting, tagged by one participant as “the most authentic I have experienced,” was coming to a close.  Standing in front were Kathy Schmidlkofer, executive vice president of Greater MSP and Pat Born, regional administrator for the Metropolitan Council.  Promising “We are going to do more together,” they inspired others to keep the conversation alive, and to step up the level of collaboration across the region’s civic organizations. Jim Hovland, co-chair of the Regional Council of Mayors, quickly added that this agenda would be front and center for … Read More

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Greater MSP Ahead April 19th Event

    In the windswept wake of yet another April snowstorm, an unusual cross-section of 255 citizens of the Minneapolis Saint Paul region gathered all day April 19 to listen, learn, deliberate, and decide about a wide range of challenges to making this region the best it can be at economic competitiveness and social livability. Futurist Jack Uldrich stretched minds with dramatic evidence of what is changing in our world and how fast that change is coming. Retired but very active Colonel Mark Mykleby made previously soft values into hardheaded … Read More

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Hines Design Competition Winner Annouced

A joint team of graduate students representing Kansas State University, the University of Missouri at Kansas City, and the University of Kansas has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. This three-university team took the $50,000 top prize with their proposed long-term development plan for a downtown Minneapolis site adjacent to the new Minnesota Vikings Stadium location. Read the whole article by Robert Krueger, ULI. The Hines Design Competition boards are currently on display at RSP Architects Minneapolis office for the month … Read More

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Texas Size Thinking

For by Curtis Johnson: Legendary Chicago planner Daniel Burnham would like Scott Polikov.  No timid plans, no boutiqued, half-done solutions.  Polikov – attorney turned town planner and public-private partnership consultant – spoke in mid-January to a roomful of rest estate developers, financiers, planners and local officials at an event sponsored by the Minnesota chapter of the Urban Land Institute. Polikov was bursting with big ideas – even for small places. He told this audience that the key to better development today is a mindset centered on economic strategy.  “We … Read More

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Southwest LRT Corridor Community Works Gets Private Developer Input to Lay the Groundwork for Development Opportunities

The Urban Land Institute Minnesota (ULI MN) hosted a three day workshop in November for the Southwest LRT Corridor Community Works to provide input on LRT infrastructure, orientation of station locations, and access to employment and community amenities. With funding support from Living Cities, Twin Cities LISC, Minnesota Housing, and the Family Housing Fund, ULI MN facilitated the development scenario workshop which included a bus tour and dialogue with city representatives at five of the 17 station locations.This was followed by two days of detailed review by a panel of … Read More

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