The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is looking for one experienced 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: one with 3-5 years experience.
- Applications are reviewed every two weeks until positions are 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 Positions
- Community Development Planner, Experienced: See the Position Profile for detailed explanation of the position and information about our agency.
- 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).
The positions are available starting immediately.
This positions 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.
- Please complete the following application, sign and date it, and enclose the required attachments. Applications can be accepted electronically or in hard copy.
- Send application, copies of college transcripts, and cover letter highlighting three things you can bring to the UMVRDC Community Development Team to:
323 West Schlieman Avenue
Appleton, MN 56208
320-289-1981 ext. 1
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.
Since the floods of 1997 and 2001, the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) staff has worked with the City of Granite Falls in their flood recovery efforts utilizing approximately $40 million funded from a variety of local, regional, state and federal sources.“Granite Falls has seen significant flooding in the recent past and these projects have already helped us to be better prepared for and better protected against the inevitable high waters that occur in the river,” stated Dave Smiglewski, Mayor of Granite Falls.
The city of Granite Falls is in the process of replacing the sanitary lift station on Minnesota Avenue.This project will relocate a large lift station that handles the entire wastewater load of the city and lifts it up above the flood plain to the treatment plant. This lift site will be relocated away from the Minnesota River onto higher ground, out of the flood plain. A new lift station will lessen disaster impacts from flood events on the City’s economic base and make the community as a whole more disaster-resilient. This final large project, at a total cost of over $2 million, was moved along by obtaining a large US Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant that served to
match available funds from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)’s Flood Damage Reduction Program. The UMVRDC authored a successful grant application to the Federal EDA which is providing $1,512,000. “Our Collaboartation with the RDC staff was key to landing those federal funds, enabling this important project to move forward,” stated Smiglewski. Minnesota’s DNR is providing an additional $500,000 to cover the project.
The engineers that have been working on this project include Rodeberg and Berryman Inc., based out of Montevideo, and Stantec Consulting based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Granite Falls has awarded the bids for construction to Robert L. Carr Company of Marshall, Minnesota. The total cost for construction is $1,942,000. This total cost was $240,000 higher than the estimate that was provided by the city’s engineer. The additional costs were covered by the DNR. If the DNR wouldn’t have covered those additional costs the money would’ve fallen onto the city.
Carr Company will begin construction for the lift station this spring with hopes to have it completed by the end of the summer. “It will be the final large project of our multimillion dollar, multi- year flood mitigation program,” stated Smiglewski. The lift station is a very important project that will help complete a comprehensive approach to flood mitigation in Granite Falls.
The UMVRDC has a couple of vacancies on our board for the following associations in our region:
- Upper Sioux Community
- Yellow Medicine County Townships
If you are interested in this appointment and would like to be a representative and are eligible to represent one of the above associations, please contact Dawn Hegland, Executive Director, at 320-289-1981 ext. 1 or email Dawn directly at Dawn.Hegland@umvrdc.org for more information.
The MN Department of Employment and Economic Development is now accepting applications for the Angel Loan Fund Program. Minnesota’s Angel Loan Fund Program (ALF) provides a new funding option for businesses certified to participate in Minnesota’s Angel Tax Credit Program. Any business that has previously been certified in the Angel Tax Credit Program may apply.
Eligible Use of Funds
Funds may be used by businesses with fewer than 500 employees, for start-up costs, working capital, business acquisitions and expansions, franchise financing, equipment loans, inventory financing, construction, and commercial, non-passive real estate acquisitions.
For More Information
651-259-7446 or 800-657-3858
Greater Minnesota is greater than the sum of all its parts.
Greater Minnesota is greater than the challenges it faces.
Greater Minnesota has dreams for its children that are greater than the status quo.
We invite you to be greater than the average community member.
Greater Than Minnesota is a brand new, innovative effort to create child care solutions across rural Minnesota. In partnership with the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations, First Children’s Finance is working region by region to assess and address rural child care challenges – and we need your help.
You have been invited to participate in this important community planning process by the Southwest Initiative Foundation and regional leaders who are concerned about the availability of child care and early education opportunities in your area. Please join us for the Southwest MN Child Care Town Hall on Tuesday, January 28th, with other community leaders, business owners, decision makers, and early care and education professionals to give input into a comprehensive community child care plan for Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, and Swift counties.
Where: McKinney’s (attached to the Country Inn), 300 14th St South, Benson, MN
When: Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm – refreshments will be provided
RSVP: Jamie@firstchildrensfinance.org or call 612-279-6512
For more information about the project visit www.greaterthanmn.org
Together, we can find early care and education solutions that will make our communities greater than our challenges. Because nothing is greater than Minnesota’s future.
Learn about Minnesota’s Job Creation Fund
Minnesota’s Newest Performance-Based Economic Development Program
If you work with businesses that may invest at least $500,000 in their facilities and add at least 10 employees, please join us to learn how the Job Creation Fund can spur that growth. Officials from the Minnesota Development of Employment and Economic Development will be holding meetings throughout Minnesota to discuss the program and how to access the $24 million in available funds.
Five meetings have been scheduled:
Other meetings will be held in: Duluth, Grand Rapids, Bemidji, Thief River Falls, Rochester and the Twin Cities. The dates and locations of these meetings will be announced once finalized. We look forward to seeing you and answering any questions you may have. Additional information about the JCF (including eligibility and reporting requirements) is available on our website.