Duluth Community Update: 2005 Charrette (Oct. 2-4)

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to celebrate our progress in Duluth and plan for our future.

In just a few days, a panel of national experts from the University of Miami School of Architecture’s Community Building Program will meet with the public and key stakeholders in the Duluth community to help us identify critical priorities to enhance the growth and development of the Downtown, Hillside, and Waterfront neighborhoods.

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Update: Higher Ed Small Area Plan

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Recent happenings with the Higher Education Small Area Plan include:

Market Study: Development Concepts of Indianapolis is working on a market study to assess residential and commercial demand in the study area. The first step in this market study is an Issues and Opportunities report, available online. The draft of the final market study report is expected at the end of October.

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Higher Education Area Market Study

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Higher Education Area Market Study:
Preliminary Issues and Opportunities Report

The City of Duluth contracted with Development Concepts, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana to conduct a Higher Education Area Market Study. This study has three separate components: (1) a Market Analysis; (2) Development Analysis; and (3) an Implementation Plan. The project timeline is from August to October of 2011. This interim report discusses the issues and opportunities relative to planning, development and revitalization opportunities within the Higher Education Study Area (“Study Area”) as defined by the City of Duluth. It represents Development Concepts’ initial findings from the first third of its on-going market and development analysis. The completed market study with additional information will represent the 2nd interim report for this project.

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CSI Meeting: Thurs Sept 29th

Monday, September 26th, 2011

CSI Meeting: A Crime & Safety Update for Duluth. Thurs Sept 29th
You are welcome to join residents from across Duluth and surrounding areas at the “City-Wide Meeting on Crime Prevention”
Thursday September 29th
6:00pm – 8:00pm
(Program begins at 6:30)
Holy Family Church – 2430 West 3 rd Street

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“A Crime & Safety Update for Duluth !”
Featuring Police Chief Gordon Ramsay
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Along with A Special Celebration of a Surprise National Award!
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Special Thanks to all of you have supported our Community Safety Initiative (CSI) by attending or presenting at one or more of our meetings throughout the past seven years. Please forward to area Officers, residents, landlords &  businesses.

UMD Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Please find the UMD Neighborhood Meeting information attached.

Survey: Higher Education Small Area Plan

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Please take a few minutes to fill out this City of Duluth survey.

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MEETING Tuesday, Sept 20

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Campus Neighbors general meeting is open to all members of the public.

Speaker: Lt. Eric Rish – Duluth Police Department
Lt. Rish is responsible for the east side  Duluth patrols.  He will provide an update on move-in weekend coverage, effectiveness of the Social Host and other ordinances from the police perspective, and an update on the status of Community Policing in Duluth.

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It’s Time for Hillfest 2011! Sept. 17 from 3-7pm

Monday, September 12th, 2011

When: Saturday September 17 from 3-7 pm
Where: 6th Ave East and East 4th Street
Details: It’s the 2nd annual Hillfest along 4th street for two blocks between 5th and 7th avenues east!  Yes, they’re closing down 6th avenue and city buses along with automobile traffic will be re-routed!  Vendors and music from 3 – 7 p.m.!  Children’s activities from 3 – 6 to include an “all wheel” parade at 5:30! Tofu Toss at 4:30!  Street dance with Prince Paul and the Conscious Party after 7 until 11 p.m. at the Twins Bar!  Click on this link to view our commercial ~ we truly are appreciative of our financial supporters!

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Campus Neighbors Meeting: Sept. 20

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Save the Date!

Tuesday, September 20, 7pm
Campus Neighbors Meeting

Details coming in the next couple of days…

T3C Update and Looking Ahead

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

TO: T3C General Membership
RE: Update and Looking Ahead

The SPF SIG grant application was not submitted.
·         The grant proposal was completely written but the required forms that were to accompany the grant presented a problem.
·         The grant applicant needed to be either a non profit or a governmental organization.  The College of St. Scholastica agreed to be the grant applicant and fiscal agent.  Slightly over a week before the grant submission was due CSS determined that they did not have the certification for a required form.
·         UMD was willing to try and process the grant application but in the days remaining it was not possible to revise budgets and complete the required forms many of which the University Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) had not worked with previously.  SPA also needed three days to do their required review prior to submitting the grant.
·         The decision was made late Tuesday, August 30, that it would not be possible to meet the September 2 deadline for submitting the grant.
·         I would like to thank CSS and UMD for their efforts and support in trying to accomplish the goal of submitting the SPF SIG grant.
Lessons learned in the grant application process.
·         The required forms should be the first task to consider in the month between the release of the Request For Proposal (RFP) and the application submission date.   If this had been done it might have been possible to make the shift from CSS to UMD and meet the deadline.
·         The deliverables required of grant recipients should be carefully reviewed to determine the “cost benefit” of being awarded a grant.  The SPF SIG Phase One deliverables were demanding given the expectations required of grantees.  Also, the total grant period was reduced to two years and seven months, from five years originally, for doing the planning (Phase One) and both implementation and evaluation (Phase Two).  That project timeline seemed unrealistic.
·         Trying to proceed with the grant preparation in the month of August was not ideal because of summer vacations and school schedules.
·         Changes in the Duluth Public Schools (DPS) administration with a new Superintendent combined with their trying to meet the student/staff rescheduling for the new schools building resulted in no response to phone and email request. Therefore, there was no DPS collaboration on the grant application.
·         Other administrative changes also occurred during the summer with implications for the T3C Executive Committee:
-LSC Vice President for Administration, Mark Winson, resigned to take a position out of state.  Wade Gordon will replace Mark on the Executive Committee
-UMD’s new Vice Chancellor for Student Life, Lisa Erwin, started in her position in August.  Jackie Millslagle is Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Life.
-CSS hired a Dean of Students, a new position for the campus. Steve Lyons is still Vice President for Student at CSS.
·         I enjoyed writing the grant application but I should have focused more effort on the logistics of the overall grant submission rather than on the narrative portion of the grant application.
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  THAT WILL BE THE TOPIC OF DISCUSSION FOR THE T3C EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND THE T3C GENERAL MEMBERSHIP.  LOOK FOR UPCOMING MEETING
ANNOUNCEMENTS.
J Laundergan, T3C Coordinator