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State Embraces Technology to Lower Rural Crash Rates

The MnDOT initiative is part of the nationwide “Towards Zero Deaths,” a stratigical plan for encouraging safer driving on rural and state roads and instilling a new driving culture throughout the United States.

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Transitways Spurs Economic Growth and Development

"This body of research and objective analysis confirm the many positive ways that expanding our transit network supports economic competitiveness, greater accessibility to jobs, opportunities for populations with low incomes, and enhanced livability for our whole region," says Kate Wolford, president of The McKnight Foundation, the synthesis sponsor.

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Tax Credits for Minnesota Housing

The Minnesota Housing Finance Agency (MHFA) awards developments more than $54 million in low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) for 1,904 affordable housing units throughout the state.

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Redefining Development: Saint Paul's Urban Farming Experiment

At stake for Saint Paul -- besides an expanded tax base and new jobs -- is a rebound following decades of disinvestment and post-manufacturing decline.

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Trends in Redevelopment: The Minnesota Perspective

The cleanup and reuse of contaminated land continues to present challenges for developers and municipalities across the country.

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City Officials, Developers Address Challenges at Workshop

A workshop sponsored by Urban Land Institute (ULI) Minnesota offers community developers practical strategies for dealing with the challenges of development and redevelopment in tough economic times. "Navigating the New Normal" is a two-hour online, interactive education workshop which ULI offers free to public officials.

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Artists, Developers and 'Creative Placemaking' in the Twin Cities

In Minnesota's Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, construction of the Central Corridor light rail has given rise to an artists-led community development project called "Irrigate."

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State and Local Briefs

California: The city of Upland seeks $700,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships Program money from the state Department of Housing and Community Development.   If successful, Upland would receive its 12th HOME funding award. The city expects to divide $680,000 of program money equally among first-ti...

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Minneapolis Cooperative Nears First Property Purchase

The Minneapolis-based NorthEast Investment Cooperative (NEIC) -- which claims to be the nation's first development cooperative in both the commercial and residential property sectors -- is ready to make its first purchase. NEIC officials tell CDD the idea of the for-profit group emerged from the ex...

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DOT Makes Available $100,000 Coop Agreement

The Transportation Department is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement of up to $150,000 from transportation, business and academic groups in five states as part of Small Business Transportation Resource Center (SBTRC) Program. Eligible groups in the states of Arkansas, Missouri, Minne...

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