ARDC to Facilitate Two Harbors Comprehensive Trails Plan Public Visioning Session on February 16, 2017

NEWS RELEASE

February 10, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Justin Otsea
(218) 529-7529
jotsea@ardc.org

Two Harbors Comprehensive Trails Plan Opens Public Visioning Session February 16, 2017

(Two Harbors, MN) – The City of Two Harbors will be hosting a public visioning session as part of their Comprehensive Trails Planning process on February 16, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 522 1st Avenue.

The Two Harbors Comprehensive Trails Plan will outline strategic actions that the City and partnering trail stakeholders can take to continue to improve and expand on the City’s trail system. The visioning session seeks input from City leaders, residents, trail enthusiasts, and other stakeholders to describe the potential trail system and to develop a statement of overall objectives, goals and actions.

More information on the planning project can be found at: http://ardc.org/twoharborstrails/

Two Harbors is working with professional planners from the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) to complete the planning process. For more information, feel free to contact Justin Otsea via any of the means listed below:

Justin Otsea
jotsea@ardc.org
218-529-7529
ARDC
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55812

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ARDC Announces the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy is Available for Public Review and Comment

The draft Northeast Minnesota Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 2017-2022 is available for public review and comment through Thursday, January 19, 2017.

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) is designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) as the planning organization for the Economic Development District (EDD) for Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties of Minnesota. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is required by the EDA to maintain Economic Development District designation for the region and for projects to qualify for EDA assistance. ARDC is responsible for completing a new CEDS every five years and helping develop EDA funding requests for infrastructure, technical assistance, and planning projects consistent with the CEDS.

The document can viewed on our website HERE.

Submit comments, questions, or requests for a print copy to:

Josh Bergstad
jbergstad@ardc.org
218.529.7516
ARDC
221 West First Street
Duluth, MN 55802

ARDC Announces Public Review of the Fond du Lac Transportation Plan Update

ARROWHEAD REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION ANNOUNCES A PUBLIC REVIEW MEETING FOR THE FOND DU LAC RESERVATION LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLAN UPDATE

November 30, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jarrett Valdez
218-529-7513 (direct)
jvaldez@ardc.org

(Duluth, MN)-  The Fond du Lac Planning Department will hold a public review meeting for the Fond du Lac Reservation Long-Range Transportation Plan Update on Thursday, December 8th, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the Fond du Lac Tribal Center Community Classroom (1720 Big Lake Road, Cloquet, MN 55720). The meeting will summarize the contents of the draft Plan and offer an opportunity for the public to share comments and request revisions prior to recommendation for plan adoption by the Tribal Council. The goal of the Plan is to outline improvements needed for roads, transit systems, and trails in Fond du Lac Reservation; by being listed in the Plan, improvement projects will have a better chance to leverage funding and be completed in the future.

The draft plan will also be available for review at the Tribal Center and on the project’s website (listed below) for one week following the public review meeting, and feedback will continue to be received at this time. For more information or to provide feedback, visit www.arrowheadplanning.org/fdltransportation or contact Jarrett Valdez, ARDC Associate Planner, by phone at 218-529-7513 or by email at jvaldez@ardc.org. Comments on the plan update are due to Jarrett Valdez  by December 15, 2016.

ARDC is a regional comprehensive planning and development agency serving the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Lake and St. Louis in northeastern Minnesota. ARDC’S mission is to serve the people of the Arrowhead Region by providing local units of government and citizen group a means to work cooperatively in identifying needs, solving problems and fostering local leadership.

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ARDC Implements Shared Leadership Model

ARROWHEAD REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION IMPLEMENTS SHARED LEADERSHIP MODEL

Andy Hubley named as ARDC Director

(Duluth, MN) – At their October meeting, the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission adopted a shared leadership model for agency operations to better utilize resources to respond to planning needs within the region. The shared leadership model was developed following the retirement of Pat Henderson, Executive Director in April 2016.

Andy Hubley was named as ARDC Director and will continue to lead and direct regional planning work and will be the primary agency contact. A graduate of the University of MN-Duluth, Hubley began his career at ARDC in 1997 and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), with experience in community planning, land use and zoning, organizational strategic planning, transportation and recreation planning and grants management.

Hubley is joined on the shared leadership team by Ron Chicka, Director of the Metropolitan Interstate Council, Kristi Kane, Director of the Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging, Sr. Mary Matthew Morrisroe, Finance Director, and Mary Zanoni, Human Resource Director and Board Coordinator.

ARDC is a regional comprehensive planning and development agency serving the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Lake and St. Louis in northeastern Minnesota. ARDC’S mission is to serve the people of the Arrowhead Region by providing local units of government and citizen group a means to work cooperatively in identifying needs, solving problems and fostering local leadership.

Mr. Hubley can be contacted at 218-529-7512 or ahubley@ardc.org.

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Take a Virtual Ride on the Mesabi Trail

image001Want to ride your bike in the winter?

Other than riding a fat bike or pedaling on a trainer at home, winter riding is pretty difficult. However, a new Mesabi Trail virtual tour allows bike riders to “ride the trail,” even during winter months.

The virtual tour takes viewers on a “live” ride across the 120-mile long paved trail that runs from Grand Rapids to Aurora.

“It allows you to literally ride the trail,” said Ardy Nurmi-Wilberg, executive director of Club Mesabi, a 100-member bicycling club on the Iron Range. “It’s a nice marketing tool that allows folks to get a flavor of the trail. If folks can get a look at the trail, it sells itself.”

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission produced the virtual tour. The video was captured by utilizing a rider with a video camera mounted to the front of a bike.

All sections of the trail are available for viewing.

In 2014, the trail had 217,000 users. Usage figures for 2015 are not yet complete. A study of the trail’s economic impact will be released soon.

It’s hoped that the virtual tour will allow potential riders from within the region and beyond to see the beauty of the trail, said Nurmi-Wilberg.

Photos of each community along the trail can also be viewed.

“I’m really excited about it,” said Nurmi-Wilberg of the virtual tour. “This really shows people how nice it is.”

To take the tour, go to www.mesabitrail.com click on Maps & Images and then click on Virtual Tour.

From Iron Range Resource and Rehabilitation Board (IRRRB) “The Ranger”  January 20, 2016

MN Sea Grant Newsletter

ARDC Regional Planning Habermann’s Creative Work at MN Sea Grant

 (The University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program “Seiche” Newsletter, December 2015)    Russell Habermann, recently hired ARDC Regional Planning staff member, interned for four years at the University of Minnesota Sea Grant program while he was a student at University of MN Duluth.  As a part of his work, Russell created art for greeting cards that feature fish native to Lake Superior.  See a sample of his work and a short article “Burbot Sing” at  http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/newsletter/2015/12/did_ja_know.html .

 The 34 images in the Truly Superior Fish gallery are available at http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/fisheries/superiorfish .  The fish cards can be ordered under publications on the website.

 

Andy McDonald – MIC Planner Retires

MIC Planner Retires:

Andy McDonald, AICP, retired in September as principal planner of the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council (MIC), but has promised to remain involved in harbor land use issues. According to McDonald, he is simply “changing careers” after 19 years in transportation planning to have more time to travel … by foot, canoe, bike, car, train, ship
and/or plane.  Reprinted with permission from the fall 2015 North Star Port.

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ARDC Seeks New Members

ARDC is seeking a citizen to fill an at-large position on the Commission. The Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) serves the people of the Arrowhead Region by providing local units of government and citizen groups a means to work cooperatively in identifying needs, solving problems, and fostering local leadership. 

Minorities and individuals with a strong background or interest in areas such as transportation, human services, economic development and community planning are encouraged to apply.  

The Commission meets four times a year on the third Thursday of the month in January, April, July and October at various locations in the Region for approximately three hours.

These positions are unpaid, volunteer positions; however, members are reimbursed for their mileage to and from meetings.  Applicants must reside in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake or St. Louis County.

The nomination deadline is December 18, 2015.  Elections will take place at the January 21, 2016 Annual Meeting in Duluth. Click here to obtain an application form.

You can also contact Mary Zanoni, ARDC Board Coordinator, 221 W. 1st St., Duluth, MN  55802 or call 218-529-7543 or 800-232-0707 X543.