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Oct 12 17

Walk to School Day – Dawson

by Melissa

On Wednesday, Oct 4, 2017 UMVRDC staff joined Mayor Randy Tensen, Dawson Sentinel Newspaper editor Dave Hickey and over 170 Dawson-Boyd students and teaching staff to celebrate Fall Walk to School Day. Local students walked and bicycled to school and children who rode the bus to school walked three laps around the school to get their exercise (and burn off extra energy before their morning classes). Bottled water and granola bars for fuel were donated by Tim’s Food Pride and the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) provided stickers as a reward for the student participants.

Walk to School Day provides students and families the opportunity to reconnect with the simple joys of walking to school while reaping the benefits of increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, and arriving at school ready to learn. Minnesota Safe Routes to School is an effort to improve walking and bicycling conditions for our youth and encourage more active lifestyles. The Minnesota Department of Transportation along with many other partners across the state are working together to help schools and communities develop Safe Routes to School programs.

To learn more about Minnesota’s Safe Routes to School Program visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/index.html

The Dawson-Boyd School District worked with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) in 2013 to assist with creating a Safe Routes to School plan for Stevens Elementary to identify community needs and priorities, and recommend steps to remedy existing problems and accomplish community goals and objectives. The completed plan can be found on the UMVRDC website at umvrdc.org.

Oct 6 17

October 2017 Board Meeting

by Melissa

The monthly board meeting of the UMVRDC will be held on Tuesday, October 24th beginning at 6:30pm at the Appleton Civic Center.

Click here for the packet.

 

Oct 6 17

Office Closed-end of October

by Melissa

The UMVRDC office will be closed for a staff retreat on Monday & Tuesday, October 30-31st.  Our office will reopen at 8am on Wednesday.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Oct 4 17

MnDOT Announces the Transportation Alternatives Solicitation to Fund Project

by Melissa

MnDOT has just announced the Transportation Alternatives solicitation to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more.
Interested entities should contact our office ASAP and start working on the letter of intent that is due on October 31.

Our office can help you work through your project idea and the requirements for the application process!

Oct 4 17

12 Communities Identified Eligible for the Workforce Housing Development Program

by Melissa

12 communities in our region have been identified as eligible for the new Workforce Housing Development Program through special funding provided by the MN Legislature last year.

This program provides funds for the direct development of Market Rate Residential Rental Properties to increase the availability of rental housing in Greater Minnesota.

$2Million dollars area available statewide. MN Housing expects to fund 3-5 projects in MN.
Grants are available for up to 25% of the total project cost.
Must be a an Eligible Project Area
Must be working with a developer
Must have a viable proposal for the development of a Market Rate Residential Rental Property