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Mar 19 14

NOW HIRING: Community Development Planner

by Dawn Hegland

RDC logo - square, with taglineThe Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is looking for a planner — to develop and manage projects with cities, counties, and other organizations in the five-county UMVRDC region of Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine Counties.

We have an opening for a Community Development Planner:

  • Applications are reviewed every two weeks until position is filled.
  • Applications that do not include all requested information will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.
  • The application is available below. It is a Word document. Resume’s are not accepted in place of completed application.

 

About the Position

  • Starting salary depending on experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits include full single health insurance high deductible plan ($3,000 single/$6,000 family maximum),  50% family coverage, full single dental, agency funded health savings account ($1,500 in 2014), life, flexible benefits plan, vacation leave, sick leave, school leave, flexible work scheduling, deferred compensation plan, Roth 457, Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA).

 

Timing

The position is available starting immediately.

This position will remain open until filled.

Job offers are not final until receiving the UMVRDC Board of Commissioners’ approval and upon successful completion of a background and credit check.

 

To Apply

  • Send application, copies of college transcripts, and cover letter highlighting three things you can bring to the UMVRDC Community Development Team to:

Executive Director
323 West Schlieman Avenue
Appleton, MN 56208
320-289-1981 ext. 1
dawn.hegland@umvrdc.org

 

Application Attachment Checklist  (this checklist is included in the application)

___Cover letter highlighting three things you can contribute to the UMVRDC community development team.

___ List ALL work history:

        • Include internships.
        • Explain any gaps in employment.
        • Detailed explanation of work responsibilities and accomplishments.

___ Provided detailed summary of computer experience

___ Provided detailed summary of Community Development Planner expertise

___Attach All School Transcripts

___Signed Certification and Authorization Statement

___ Form DD-214 or FL-802 if claiming veterans preference

___Other Attachments: To assist us in evaluating your application, please feel free to attach any additional information necessary to describe your full qualifications.

___Additional Work History: If you need more space for work history, please use this form.

 

Jul 1 14

June Newsletter now available

by Melissa

June newsletter now available! 

Jun 19 14

2014 Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Grant Awarded

by Melissa

 2014 Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) Grant Awarded

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) successfully helped the community of Clara City secure $613,295 in DEED funds that will leverage other local funds provided by project participants to rehabilitate commercial properties, and owner-occupied, rental and multi-unit housing projects.

Clara City will work over the summer to set up the program and process applications for the program. It is estimated that 32 units will be improved with these funds. Projects are anticipated to begin this fall. More information about participation in the program and eligibility requirements will be made available this summer. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development funded only 35 projects across the state, spending $17.5 million in available funding. Clara City contracted with the UMVRDC to author the grant applications on their behalf.

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is a five county development agency providing services to local units of government in Region 6W. Its membership is comprised of representatives of townships, cities, counties, school boards, and public interest groups.  Geographically, the RDC represents the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine. The mission of the UMVRDC is to “enable the region to thrive by assisting local governments.” The UMVRDC provides both grant writing and technical assistance.

For more information on the UMVRDC or SCDP grants, please contact Kristi Fernholz, UMVRDC Senior Planner, at kristi.fernholz@umvrdc.org or 320-289-1981 x106.

The full list of 2014 Small Cities Development Funds is located here: http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/press-releases/newsdetail.jsp?id=466-130978

Jun 18 14

June Board Packet

by Melissa

The June Board Packet is now available.

Jun 16 14

Regional Public Art RFQ (Deadline Extended)

by Melissa

DEADLINE EXTENDED JUNE 23rd:

Region 6W seeks artists interested in creating a public art project for the region, including the counties of Big Stone, Swift, Lac qui Parle, Chippewa and Yellow Medicine along the upper Minnesota River Valley in Western Minnesota.

For more information or to get involved with Public Art in our Region click here: RFQ regional public art

Jun 13 14

Climate Change and Extreme Weather grants

by Melissa

On May 12, 2014, with the publication of the Request for Proposals (RFP) Notice in the State Register, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has officially announced the opening of the Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-2015 Environmental Assistance (EA) Grant Program for applications.

Approximately $1 million is available for EA grant awards to provide financial assistance for researching, developing, or implementing projects and practices related to all aspects of waste management and prevention including hazardous substances, toxic pollutants, and problem materials. Additionally, market development and education grants are also allowed. The MPCA seeks to encourage environmentally-sustainable practices and approaches to pollution prevention and resource conservation. Eligible applicants, grant award amounts and minimum matching fund requirements will vary by Focus Areas and Preferred Proposals.

Additional information and resources found here:  http://www.cleanenergyresourceteams.org/blog/environmental-assistance-grants-program-includes-possibility-100000-grants-greenstep-cities 

Focus Area:  Climate Change and Extreme Weather grants

Grants are available from MPCA for “Communities Adaptation to Climate Change and Extreme Weather” (among other focus areas) as described athttp://www.pca.state.mn.us/ktqh28 and in today’s State Register at http://www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/stateregister/38_46.pdf (page 1510)

Applications are due July 16, 2014. The MPCA has approximately $1 million available for grant awards in 9 focus areas, one of which is Focus Area F described below. A minimum of 25% match is required for projects in Focus Area F. Eligible applicants are described below.

To access the detailed RFP, click on http://www.pca.state.mn.us/index.php/view-document.html?gid=3426 and note description of Focus Area F on pages 7 and 8 as copied below.

Note that all questions should be directed to Jeannie Given, Contract Specialist at MPCA at contracts.pca@state.mn.us (with subject line: “CR 7034, EA Question”)

Please feel free to forward this information to those who may be interested – thanks!

Focus Area F

Communities Adapting to Climate Change and Extreme Weather

Due to the continued occurrence of extreme weather events in Minnesota and other effects of a changing climate, the MPCA seeks to assist communities to plan for climate change impacts and improve extreme weather resilience while achieving environmental outcomes. Examples of climate impacts include increased precipitation, higher average temperatures, extended periods of very high or very low precipitation, increased freeze/thaw cycles, extreme heat, more intense storms, and extended range for

invasive species infestations. In addition, climate change can exacerbate the urban heat island effect. Adopted policies and implemented projects will serve as examples for other communities, and result in resilience practices adopted statewide.

Preferred Proposals include:

F1. Implementing projects that both inform and actively engage community members in reducing household potable water consumption and waste. Eligible applicants are Minnesota cities, counties, watershed districts, other public entities, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. The goal of this Focus Area is increased community awareness and action on water conservation and water-waste. (Maximum grant amount of $25,000; minimum 25% match required.) Projects should result in measurable outcomes such as:

• number of individuals reached by education and outreach activities

• number of households participating in water conservation activities

• change in behavior of individuals after exposure to education and outreach

• reductions in water consumption among participating households

F2. Implementing projects that either inform communities and individuals and/or implement practices or policies regarding climate adaptation and extreme weather resilience. Eligible applicants are Minnesota cities, counties, watershed districts, other public entities, nonprofit organizations, community organizations, and educational institutions. (Maximum grant amount of $30,000; minimum 25% match required.) Preferred Proposals include:

  1. Education and outreach to communities and individuals on climate adaptation and extreme weather resilience. Measurable outcomes would include the number of individuals reached by education and outreach activities and documented change in knowledge or behavior of individuals after exposure to education and outreach.
  2. Implementation of urban forestry practices and policies for air and water quality improvement, stormwater management, or to address the urban heat island effect. Measurable outcomes would be the implementation of urban forestry practices and policies.

F3. Utilizing community design for climate adaptation and extreme weather resilience. Eligible applicants are Minnesota cities, counties, watershed districts, other public entities, and nonprofit organizations. The goal of this Focus Area is an increase in preparedness for climate adaptation and extreme weather resilience through implementation of community design practices. (Maximum grant amount of $40,000; minimum 25% match required.)

F4. Preparing community climate adaptation plans or vulnerability assessment. Eligible applicants are Minnesota cities, counties, watershed districts, other public entities, and nonprofit organizations. The goal of this Focus Area is the development and comprehensiveness of community climate adaption plans or vulnerability assessments. (Maximum grant amount of $40,000; minimum 25% match required.)