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Oct 28 16

November 2016 Board Meeting

by Jackie S

The UMVRDC monthly board meeting will be held Tuesday, November 22nd in Appleton beginning at 6:30pm. This meeting is open to the public.


Oct 28 16

Veteran’s Day – Office Closed

by Jackie S

In observance of the Veteran’s Day Holiday our office will be closed all day on Friday, November 11th.

Our office will reopen at 8am on Monday morning.

Oct 21 16

2016 Draft CEDS Report

by Melissa

The UMVRDC’s draft CEDS will be posted from October 31st – November 21st, 2016 for public review and comment. The CEDS is posted in accordance EDA’s regulations found in the Federal Register  at 13 C.F.R. part 303 (Click here to view document).

All question and comments should be sent to:




Oct 19 16

October 2016 Board Meeting

by Jackie S

The monthly board meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 25th in Appleton beginning at 6:30pm.  This meeting is open to the public.

Click here to view the agenda.


Oct 7 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