• A revised Draft FHEA (Fair Housing and Equity Assessment) has been posted to the Met Council's website •
Access the document here.
Comments and suggestions from the public are welcome and should be sent on or before February 18, 2014. Send an email to thriveMSP@metc.state.mn.us with FHEA in the subject line.
• The call for speakers at the 2014 Rail~Volution is now open •
Share your expertise at the Minneapolis/ST. Paul conference on September 21-24, 2014. The deadline for proposals is February 27, 2014
Check out the website for more information, to download a copy of the Call For Speakers announcement and to submit your proposal online: http://www.railvolution.org/call-for-speakers .
Contact Marcie Moravec at marciem@railvolution with any questions.
• Corridors of Opportunity is now The Partnership for Regional Opportunity •
December 31, 2013 marked the end of the HUD Sustainable Communities and Living Cities Integration Initiative grant programs that were the basis for the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.
Reflecting on the work of the initiative, participating members agreed that its emphasis on equity and economic competitiveness in advancing the build out of the transit system and development along the system has brought a unique perspective to the region. In order to more fully embed the findings from the initiative and explore new work, the Policy Board agreed to convene for one more year.
To reflect the group’s region-wide focus extending beyond transitways, a new name was chosen for the group: The Partnership for Regional Opportunity. A new vision was also adopted for its work: Growing a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable region.
To further advance the Partnership’s vision and goals, four workgroups co-chaired by leaders from different sectors, were established:
- Shared Prosperity
- Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
- Regional Equity & Community Engagement
- Transportation Funding
In 2014, six Partnership meetings will be held to demonstrate progress on goals, to hold each other accountable and to raise up issues and opportunities encountered by the workgroups with an eye toward collective problem-solving.
The Community Engagement Team (CET) and Nexus Community Partners are pleased to announce the availability of a 3rd round of CET funding. Only organizations that have not received CET funding in the past are eligible to apply for the capacity building grants. There is a limited amount of funding available; the maximum grant amount will be $10,000 and there will be approximately 5 - 7 grants awarded.
- Round 3 Capacity Grant Application Guidelines (6 pages, PDF)
- Round 3 Capacity Grant Application (3 pages, Word document)
New project deliverables have been added to the Project-Focused Resource page:
Northstar Commuter Rail TOD Study, February 2013
Executive Summaries have been produced for easy reading of each station’s market analysis:
- East Downtown Parking Lot Study, August 2013
On September 25th, the Corridors of Opportunity initiative and the Central Corridors Funders Collaborative were recognized with the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Created by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the Council on Foundations, the award recognizes philanthropic organizations that have played a part in advancing cross-sector partnerships as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low and moderate-income residents. Saint Paul Foundation CEO and President Carleen Rhodes received the award on behalf of the initiatives.
The latest batch of project deliverables includes a collection of reports from the Program of Projects study and an overview of The Cornerstone Group's Prospect Park Station Master Plan:
Program of Projects Study, finalized in July 2013
- Report 1: Baseline Assumptions (34 pages, PDF)
- Report 2: Financial Analysis of POP Under Current Law and Practice (26 pages, PDF)
- Report 3: Funding and Financing Sources (29 pages, PDF)
- Report 4: Peer Cities Case Study (65 pages, PDF)
- The Cornerstone Group's Prospect Park Station Master Plan, July 2013 (12 pages, PDF)
A number of Corridors of Opportunity projects have finished and submitted project deliverables available for download on the Project-Focused Resources page:
- Bottineau Boulevard Transitway Station Area Pre-Planning Study, February 2013
- Northstar Station Market Studies, February 2013
- City of Hopkins: The ARTery's Post-Summit Report, April 2013
- Southwest LRT Community Works: Southwest Corridor‐wide Housing Inventory, March 2013
The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) and MZ Strategies released their final report for the Twin Cities region on Planning for Regional Competitiveness. Funded by the McKnight Foundation, the study was presented to the Corridors of Opportunity Policy Board on April 24th, 2013 and to the Metropolitan Council Committee of the Whole on May 1st, 2013 (read Met Council article on the study).
Read the latest on the CET:
- Feature in the Sustainable Communities Leadership Academy Resource Guide 4.0: Innovative Engagement for Equity
- Case Study: Sustainable Communities in the Twin Cities: How Community Groups Are Working with Government to Transform Transitway Development (4 pages, PDF)
The Year 2 Evaluation Report was presented to the Policy Board on March 20, 2013: