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Notice of Public Hearing and Draft Availability

State of Minnesota National Disaster Resilience Competition Application – MN DEED

The State of Minnesota is developing its Natural Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) Phase II Application. On September 17, 2014 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a Notice of Funding Availability for natural disaster resilience for which the State of Minnesota is a qualified applicant.  After submittal of the Phase I application, the state was notified on June 22, 2015 moved on the second and final phase of the competition process. The State has selected the City of Duluth to be a target area to act as a pilot project for the region and state concerning natural disaster resilience development. Since June, the state has been working to develop the Phase II application, a more comprehensive application including specific project scope(s)-of-work.  The state encourages citizens to attend a public hearing on natural disaster resilience needs in Minnesota. The state will hold the public hearing on Thursday, October 1, 2015 to gather citizen input on natural disaster resilience and the proposed projects. The hearing will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the City of Duluth City Hall, 411 W. 1st Street Room 303 (Third Floor), Duluth, MN 55802.

Call 1-800-657-3858 or TTY 1-800-282-5909 for assistance.

More information about the hearing and Natural Disaster Competition draft application will be available for public review and comment beginning October 1, 2015. Comments on the application will be accepted until the close of business October 16, 2015. The phase II application will be available on the internet at http://www.bigwatermn.com and accessible from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development website at www.mn.gov/deed. Hard copies of the NDRC Application can be obtained by calling Patrick Armon, Department of Employment and Economic Development, 1-800-657-3858 or (651) 259-7455 or TTY 1-800-282-5909.

Written public comments on the NDRC Application should be submitted to:

NDRC Application, Attn: Patrick Armon

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

First National Bank Building

332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200

St. Paul, MN 55101-1351

Written comments may also be submitted by fax to (651) 296-1290 or by email to patrick.armon@state.mn.us. To ensure consideration of your comments type “NRDC Application” in the subject line of your e-mail.

The NDRC Application will be submitted to HUD on or before October 27, 2015. The State will consider any comments from individuals or groups received in writing or at public hearings. A summary of the written and public hearing comments on the NDRC Application and the State’s responses will be included in the final application.

Flood Affected Homes Input Session

September 21, 5:30-7:30

City Center West, 5802 Grand Avenue, Duluth

Many homes and families have yet to recover fully from the June 2012 floods. Come to this session to assist the Minnesota Application Team in designing resources to complete recovery and build resilience in your home.

Urban Land Institute Advisory Services Program

September 13-18

The Urban Land Institute’s Urban Resilience Program offers assistance to communities to prepare for and reduce vulnerabilities to increased climate risk, and to thrive going forward. With a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation, ULI has assisted Portland, ME, Northern Colorado, Norfolk, VA, and Seattle, WA explore options for building resilience. ULI will conduct a Great Lakes centered panel in Duluth September 13-18th as an engagement activity for designing Minnesota’s National Disaster Resilience Competition application.

UPDATE: SEE THE ULI PANELISTS’ RECOMMENDATIONS HERE.