Sec. 24. [137.701] University Neighborhood Development

Journal of the House – 37th Day – Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Subdivision 1. Purpose. In order to support and create environments surrounding the campuses of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and Duluth that are conducive to the purposes of higher education and vital communities, the Board of Regents, the city of Minneapolis, and the city of Duluth are requested to create with surrounding neighborhoods an appropriate organization in each city, to cooperate in the development of those neighborhoods. The purpose of each organization is to improve the university’s Minneapolis and Duluth campus area neighborhoods including, without limitation, the following:
(1) providing and supporting the development of good quality university neighborhood housing, including housing for students, faculty, employees, alumni, and others who may wish to live in the university area neighborhoods;
(2) encouraging and assisting university faculty, staff, students, and others to live in the neighborhood as long-term residents;
(3) supporting and assisting appropriate business development in commercial areas of the neighborhood; and
(4) cooperating and coordinating planning and development in all matters affecting the neighborhood with local government, businesses, residents, and other stakeholders in the neighborhood.

Subd. 2. Membership. The organization created by the Board of Regents and the city of Minneapolis shall include representatives from the organizations currently represented on the University District Alliance Steering Committee. The Board of Regents and the city of Duluth may establish the membership of an organization for the purposes of subdivision 1.

Subd. 3. Report. The Board of Regents, the city of Minneapolis, and the city of Duluth are requested to report by January 15, 2010, to the chairs of the legislative committees with primary jurisdiction over higher education policy and finance on the status and activities of the organization that is created.

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