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Public Review and Comment Invited for Final Draft of
Aitkin County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

ARDC Regional Planning News Release (10.1.2014)
(Duluth, MN) A final draft of the Aitkin County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) will be posted for public review and comment from Wednesday, October 1 to Friday, October 17, 2014. The Plan details the natural hazards that face the County and identifies specific mitigation strategies and actions to reduce the impact of disasters. A copy of the plan can be downloaded at www.arrowheadplanning.org/aitkinmhmp. Comments or questions about the plan should be directed to Bonnie Hundrieser, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) by phone: (218) 529-7527 Comments are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17, 2014. Read More

Public Review and Comment Invited for Final Draft of
Itasca County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

ARDC Regional Planning News Release (10.1.2014)
(Duluth, MN) A final draft of the Itasca County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) will be posted for public review and comment from Wednesday, October 1 to Friday, October 17, 2014. The Plan details the natural hazards that face the County and identifies specific mitigation strategies and actions to reduce the impact of disasters. A copy of the Plan can be downloaded at www.arrowheadplanning.org/itascamhmp. Comments or questions about the plan should be directed to Bonnie Hundrieser, Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) by phone: (218) 529-7527. Comments are due by 12:00p.m.on Friday, October 17, 2014. Read more

ARDC Releases RFP for Retail and Services Trade Area and Market Study for Koochiching County and City of International Falls, Minnesota
ARDC Regional Planning Request for Proposal (9.15.2014)
The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission has released an RFP seeking qualified firms or individuals to develop a retail and services trade area and market study for Koochiching County and the City of International Falls, Minnesota.

The goal of the project is to provide information to businesses, governments, and citizens of the county and city to help them understand the current market position and develop strategies to capitalize and improve on those conditions. The successful firm will need to incorporate an assessment of the neighboring City of Fort Frances, Ontario and the Rainy River District or Northwest Ontario. A detailed scope of work and information on the project are contained in the attached request for proposals.

View the RFP and contact information at www.ardc.org/retailrfp

Economic Adjustment Strategy for Koochiching County and City of International Falls, Minnesota
ARDC Regional Planning Request for Proposal (9.05.2014)
(Duluth, Minnesota)The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is seeking proposals from qualified professional consultants to assist with the development of an Economic Adjustment Strategy and Action Plan for Koochiching County and the City of International Falls, Minnesota.

The scope of work focuses on six objectives to help ARDC and its community partners develop a long term economic development strategy by identifying competitive strengths and weakness of the City and County and developing recommendations to grow a diversified and more resilient economy and workforce. A detailed scope of work and information on the project are contained in the request for proposals, which is linked to below.

Proposals must be received not later than 4:30 PM (CST) on September 26, 2014 at mzanoni@ardc.org or at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission at 221 West First Street, Duluth, MN 55802. Proposals arriving after this time will not be accepted.

The complete RFP is posted the ARDC website at www.ardc.org/rfp.

Responders who have any questions regarding this RFP must submit questions by e-mail only to: Mary Zanoni, Commission Coordinator. This is the only person designated to answer questions regarding this request for interested responders.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
ARROWHEAD REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
PROPOSED BUDGET AND TAX LEVY FOR 2015

You are hereby notified that on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission will conduct a public hearing at the following location on the preliminary budget and tax levy for calendar year 2015.

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802
218-529-7543
800-232-0707 X543 MN Toll Free

Copies of said proposed budget have been delivered to each county auditor and municipal clerk within the seven county area comprising the Arrowhead Region, and to those town clerks who have requested a copy thereof. Additional copies of the preliminary budget are available by contacting the offices of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission. ARDC is an equal opportunity employer.

2015 Preliminary Budget

DTA Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for Thursday, June 19th
Duluth Transit Authority News Release (6.16.2014)
DULUTH, MINNESOTA (June 16, 2014) – The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Multimodal Transportation Center this Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. The event will take place in the lower parking lot behind the construction site. The construction site is located on Michigan Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue West.

Construction of the DTA’s new $28 million-dollar Multimodal Transportation Center will begin immediately following the groundbreaking ceremony. DTA officials and Executives from the General Contractor, Mortenson Construction, and the Architectural Firm, LHB, will be on hand to answer questions about the project. It will take approximately 18 months to complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for December of 2015. Read More

Itasca County to Hold Public Input Meetings on Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
ARDC Regional Planning (6.13.2014)
(Duluth, MN) Two public meetings regarding the Itasca County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) will be held on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014. The first meeting will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Blandin Foundation building, located at 100 North Pokegama Avenue in Grand Rapids, and the second meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Nashwauk City Hall, 301 Central Avenue in Nashwauk. The Plan details the natural hazards that face the County and identifies specific mitigation strategies and actions to reduce the impact of disasters. Read more

Aitkin County to Hold Public Input Meetings on Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
ARDC Regional Planning (6.10.2014)
(Duluth, MN) Two public meetings regarding the Aitkin County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (MHMP) will be held on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014. The first meeting will be held from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Palisade Community Center, located at 48052 Nature Ave in Palisade at the junction of Main Street and Nature Ave, and the second meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Aitkin County Sheriff’s Office 217 2nd St NW in Aitkin. The Plan details the natural hazards that face the County and identifies specific mitigation strategies and actions to reduce the impact of disasters. Read more

Federal Funds are Available to Develop or Expand Services for Older Adults and Family Caregivers
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (6.3.2014)
(Duluth, MN) The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission’s (ARDC) Area Agency on Aging has federal funding available for public and private not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations and units of government in Northeastern Minnesota. Agencies and organizations interested in developing or expanding services for older adults and family caregivers that support independence and safety in their community are eligible to apply. Funding comes from Titles III-B, C, D, and E of the federal Older Americans Act. Read more

Caribou Falls Wayside Rest Improvements to be Topic of June 2 Open House
Arrowhead Regional Planning (5.27.2014)
(Duluth, MN) A public meeting to review design concepts for the Caribou Falls State Wayside Rest will be held on Monday, June 2, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at the Schroeder Town Hall located at 124 Cramer Road in Schroeder, Minnesota. Area residents, elected officials and individuals interested in the wayside are encouraged to attend and provide feedback. Read more.

Volunteers Needed as Matter of Balance Coaches for Seniors
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging(5.5.2014)
(Duluth, MN) The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers willing to become trained coaches in the Matter of Balance program. Coaches will teach eight two-hour sessions covering such topics as exercise and fall prevention, managing concerns about falling, and how to recognize fall hazards at home and in the community. Coaches will address safe habits and attitudes towards the fear of falling, promote exercise to increase strength and balance, and give encouragement to seniors in the community.

“Matter of Balance unlocked the world for me,” wrote one recent class participant, “I am not afraid to go out anymore. Matter of Balance gave me the tools to make it all possible.” Read more

U.S. Economic Development Administration Invests $200,000 to Help Develop Robust Economic Recovery Strategy for Northern Minnesota
U.S. Economic Development Administration (4.16.2014)
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) today announced a $200,000 grant to the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission to help establish an economic recovery strategy in response to recent job losses resulting from the restructuring of the paper industry in Koochiching County, Minnesota.

“Helping U.S. regions develop strategies that will facilitate their efforts to design and implement long-term plans for economic recovery is an important first step to getting their economies back on track,” said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development Matt Erskine. “The EDA grant announced today will allow for the creation of a long-term strategy to help Northern Minnesota realize greater economic growth and stability.” Read more

Volunteers Sought to Become Group Leaders for Senior Program
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging(4.10.2014)
(Duluth, MN) The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers to become leaders in the Living Well with Chronic Conditions program. Leaders will facilitate groups of people with chronic conditions. The objective of the program is to help participants build confidence in self-health management and maintain an active lifestyle.

After partaking in the program, one person wrote, “Living Well gave me a framework to take control of my life again. The action plans help me break things into manageable ‘bites’. ” Another participant said, “What I feel….is a normal part of having a chronic condition. I don’t feel so alone anymore.” Read more

Senior Linkage Line ® Volunteers Needed
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (3.21.2014)
(Duluth, MN) The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging will hold a three-day training class in June in International Falls, MN for persons interested in becoming counselors in the State Health Insurance & Assistance Program (SHIP). Counselors will help Medicare beneficiaries, their families and caregivers better understand Medicare options by providing information and referrals regarding resources as well as helping seniors enroll in programs that could assist with health insurance costs and lower prescription drug costs. Read more

ARDC Helps Promote the 3rd Annual Heating the Midwest Conference
ARDC Regional Planning (03.14.2014) News Release
(Duluth, MN) As a participating member of the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is supporting outreach efforts in northeast Minnesota or those communities or businesses interested in pursuing high-efficiency wood energy systems.

Attached is both a Word and PDF version of an article about the upcoming 3rd Annual Heating the Midwest Conference, held from April 30th to May 1, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in biomass to learn more.

Questions may be directed to Bonnie Hundrieser, ARDC Senior Planner, (218) 529-7527
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APEX, The Northspan Group and Regional Partners Launch NORTHFORCE: Your Talent Community
Northspan Group (2.10.2014) News Release
(Duluth, Minnesota) Today, APEX (Area Partnership for Economic Expansion), The Northspan Group and a team of public and private partners will launch NORTHFORCE, a strategy that aims to cultivate a talented workforce in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. The web portal NORTHFORCE.org offers microsites focusing on Duluth, Superior and the Iron Range and an employer-employee “matchmaking” function for current and prospective residents of the region. The media, members of the business community and the public are invited to the official launch event on Monday, February 10 at 9:00 a.m. at Lake Superior College in Duluth. Speakers will include Mayor Don Ness of Duluth; Jason Serck, Planning Director for the City of Superior; Tony Sertich, Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB); and business representatives from the area. Read more

Rest Stop to be Built at Beaver River
Duluth News Tribune (2.23.2014)
Construction will begin this summer on a rest stop next to the Beaver River in Beaver Bay. Currently, the building site is undeveloped and used as a parking lot for tourists, hikers and anglers. It’s also a well-known stop for photographers interested in capturing nearby Beaver River Falls.

According to Arrowhead Regional Development Commission Senior Project Leader Bonnie Hundrieser, the completed project will be a premier destination for travelers and should promote greater economic activity for the area, since tourists will have a place to stop and explore local businesses.

“There will be a total of six interpretive panels at the site that will educate people about the history of the area,” Hundrieser said. Kiosks will educate people about the historic use of the Beaver River, identify Beaver Bay as the first settlement along the North Shore and provide information about the local scenic byways. Read more

Reprinted with permission of the Duluth News Tribune and www.duluthnewstribune.com
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ARDC Helps Promote Wood Energy Development in Minnesota
ARDC Regional Planning (2/13/2014)
As a participating member of the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is supporting outreach efforts in northeast Minnesota to those communities or businesses interested in pursuing high-efficiency wood energy systems.

Attached is both a Word and PDF version of the article "Valentine's Day Made Greener with Local, Renewable Energy" for immediate release by your online or hardcopy news source. Questions may be directed to Bonnie Hundrieser, ARDC Senior Planner, (218) 529-7527 Read more

ARDC Supports the Launch of Minnesota’s Statewide Wood Energy Team Program Efforts in 2014
ARDC Regional Planning (2/5/2014)
As a participating member of the Minnesota Statewide Wood Energy Team, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission is supporting outreach efforts in northeast Minnesota to those communities or businesses interested in pursuing high-efficiency wood energy systems. Please see the following news release “Minnesota’s Statewide Wood Energy Team Launches Program Efforts in 2014.” Read more

Ensuring that the Coast is Accessible to Everyone in Minnesota
NOAA Coastal Services: Digital Coast January/February/March 2014 issue
A recent North Shore project led by ARDC’s Regional Planning Division staff was featured in the January-February 2014 Coastal Services magazine of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The article “Ensuring the Coast is Accessible to Everyone in Minnesota” details efforts to evaluate the accessibility of sixteen waysides along the North Shore Scenic Drive for accessibility improvements. Read more

Volunteers Sought for Caregiver Program
Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging (1.7.2014)
(Duluth, MN) The Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging is seeking volunteers to become trained leaders in the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program. Powerful Tools for Caregivers is an educational program that helps family caregivers of older adults build the skills needed to take better care of themselves as they provide care for others. Read more

Meeting: Broadband Discussion
ARDC (1.6.2014)
On Tuesday, 7 January 2014 beginning at 2:00 p.m. ARDC will host a Broadband Discussion at the ARDC building in Duluth. We have been invited to host Senator Matt Schmit, D-Red Wing, who is holding similar discussions around the state. Senator Schmit is an active proponent of broadband.

Senator Schmit states, “I'd like to hear about the experiences (good and bad) local communities have had with broadband service. I'd like to know what kind of vision communities have for broadband and how they view its potential impact on economic growth and quality of life. I'd also like to talk about specific applications folks may have in mind (tele-health, e-commerce, education, etc.), as well as any challenges encountered in getting access to affordable and reliable broadband service.”

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