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May 3 16

UPDATED: Region 6W Regional Profiles

by Melissa

Region 6W Regional Profile

Apr 28 16

Open Position: Community Development Planner

by Dawn Hegland

The Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) is looking for an entry level community development 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. This position works on broad and diverse projects that have a regional scope and includes projects requiring a high level of detail.

 The Position

Work areas include initiating, developing and managing projects for local governments in the following areas:

  • Community strategic planning
  • Capital improvement planning
  • Environmental reviews
  • Comprehensive planning and plan updates
  • Zoning ordinance development
  • Telecommunication/broadband planning
  • MN DEED Small Cities Development Program grant writing and administration
  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Renewable energy project development and grant writing
  • GIS and mapping support
  • Park and recreation planning

Primary responsibilities (50-75%) will be regional transportation planning and will include the following areas:

  • Assist MnDOT with statewide transportation projects and plans.
  • Participate in the development of the Area Transportation Improvement Program for MnDOT Districts 4 & 8.
  • Complete transportation planning projects or studies for the region that promote a seamless transportation network.
  • Review and process functional classification change requests in coordination with the local road authority and the MnDOT District State Aid Engineer.
  • Communicate with MnDOT; RDC staff, boards and committees; local officials and staff; and the general public on a board range of transportation related issues.
  • Meet and coordinate with MnDOT and peer transportation planners to enhance planning and provide regional input for state projects and projects considered for federal funding.
  • Provide professional assistance to local units of government on local and regional transportation issues.
  • Work with communities and schools developing and implementing Safe Routes to School Plans.
  • Promote and develop active transportation strategies for cities, counties, and schools.

Background & Experience

Related 4-year degree in community development, transportation planning, geography, urban studies/design, public administration, environmental studies, economics or a related field or at least six years’ experience in the previous fields or a combination of both required.

Night meetings and overnight travel is necessary.

Must have valid driver’s license.

All finalists considered will be subject to a criminal background check.

Salary & Benefits

Starting salary $41,600.

Benefits include full single health insurance high deductible plan ($3,200 single/$6,400 family maximum), 50% family coverage, full single dental, agency contributions to HSA account ($1,600 in 2016), life, flexible benefits plan, deferred compensation plan, PERA.


The position is available starting immediately.

This position will remain open until filled.

To Apply

 Please review the Community Development Planner Position Profile for an overview of the position and instructions on how 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 x101


Apr 26 16

Interested in transportation?

by Melissa

Attend a stakeholder forum to give input on the draft transportation policy and highway investment direction for the future of Minnesota.

Willmar Stakeholder Forum… Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 9:00 am to 12:00 pm MnDOT District 8 Headquarters – Green Lake Conference Center 2505 Transportation Road, Willmar, MN 56201

Can’t make it that day? There are several other meetings in other locations around the State and a webinar scheduled on May 12 from10:00 AM — 12:00 PM

RSVP for any of the meetings or webinar at…/stakeholder-forum

MnDOT has created a short video about what will be covered at the meeting. Check it out at

Apr 26 16

MnDOT seeks applicants for Safe Routes to School bicycle fleets

by Melissa


Minnesota schools and communities are invited to apply for the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s bicycle fleets and trailers funding. This funding will support teachers across the state using the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum to help students learn safe walking and biking behaviors.

Communities can get more information and apply online at Deadline to apply is June 1.

MnDOT will award three to four communities to receive funding for a bicycle fleet and the training needed to teach bicycle safety using the Walk! Bike! Fun! curriculum.

The funding will provide for the purchase of a bicycle fleet, which includes approximately 40 bicycles, helmets, basic supplies and an enclosed trailer to store and move them. The funding is targeted toward children in grades 4-8.

Eligible groups include private and public schools, cities, counties, federally recognized tribes, non-profit organizations, commissions or metropolitan planning agencies.

Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded approximately $20 million in federal and state funds to communities to support Safe Routes to School projects and programs.

For more about Minnesota Safe Routes to School, visit

Apr 26 16

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