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Position Announcement: CURA Communications Coordinator

July 21, 2014

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is hiring a full-time Communications Coordinator, responsible for strategic communications program direction, including public relations, marketing, outreach, events, and media relations; producing and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy; and assembling and leading a team of contract, part-time, and student employees to assist with these tasks.

CURA is excited to announce Malik Holt as MCNO’s Program Coordinator

Malik Holt

July 11, 2014

CURA has hired Malik Holt as the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing’s (MCNO) new Program Coordinator. Prior to joining MCNO, Malik worked as a Community Organizer with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition to promote access, equity, and community benefits of bicycle infrastructure, policy, and engagement. He also served as the Executive Director and Economic Development Organizer of North Minneapolis’s Harrison Neighborhood Association for 11 years leading community engagement projects, racial equitable development initiatives, business development, and land use planning.

Rosemount Selected as Resilient Communities Project 2014-2015 Community Partner

March 26, 2014

The University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project is pleased to announce that the city of Rosemount has been selected as its partner community for the 2014–2015 academic year. The partnership will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by Rosemount city staff and community partners.

Request for Proposals: The University Metropolitan Consortium Metropolitan Research Grant Program

March 3, 2014

From the University Metropolitan Consortium, funding is available to University of Minnesota researchers or teams of researchers for projects related to urban and metropolitan dynamics. Two or three proposals will be funded in the range of $70,000 to $110,000 each.

The Metropolitan Consortium is especially interested in seeing proposals in one or more of the areas listed below. We encourage proposals that address more than one category and that involve at least one outside partner and involve more than one discipline.

Competition for the 2014-2015 Faculty Interactive Research Program

February 4, 2014

CURA invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage University faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

Introducing CURA:Tech - a civic technology incubator

January 16, 2014

We're excited to announce CURA:Tech - a project to support collaborations among diverse communities in the Twin Cities to design, create and deploy civic technology tools and practices.

Request for Proposals: Resilient Communities Project 2014-2015

November 23, 2013

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting proposals from cities and counties to be the community partner for the 2014–2015 academic year.

Visualizing Neighborhoods "Hackathon" a Success!

June 26, 2013

On May 25, CURA and its partners hosted Visualizing Neighborhoods: A Hackathon for Good at the Minneapolis Central Library. The event brought together technologists, neighborhood leaders, designers, analysts, program/project designers and others to explore how data can be used for research, analysis, mapping, outreach, engagement, and communication in our neighborhoods.

View a summary of the event and list of projects.

2013-2014 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

April 2, 2013

CURA is pleased to announce the recipients of this year′s Faculty Interactive Research Program grants:

North St. Paul Selected as Resilient Communities Project 2013-2014 Community Partner

March 18, 2013

CURA's Resilient Communities Project is pleased to announce that the city of North St. Paul has been selected as its partner community for the 2013–2014 academic year. The partnership will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by North St. Paul.

Hari Osofsky Named 2013-2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

March 16, 2013

Hari Osofsky, associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and interim director of the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences, has been named the 2013–2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.

Daniel Nidzgorski Awarded CURA Dissertation Research Grant for 2013-2014

March 16, 2013

Daniel Nidzgorski, a Ph.D. candidate in the Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior Graduate Program, has been awarded the 2013 CURA Dissertation Research Grant. The grant provides one year of support to a Ph.D. candidate in good academic standing at the Univer¬sity of Minnesota for the purpose of completing dissertation research on a significant issue or topic related to urban areas in the upper Midwest region.

Reflective Seminar - Codes of Silence, Confidentiality, and Family Privacy: Implications for the Child Welfare System

February 20, 2013

Esther Watternberg, Policy and Program Coordinator in Family and Child Welfare at CURA, hosted a Reflective Seminar titled “Codes of Silence, Confidentiality, and Family Privacy: Implications for the Child Welfare System," on December 14, 2012, at the Humphrey School.

Call for Community Mapping Project Proposals

January 8, 2013

Announcing an opportunity to work with a group of University of Minnesota students during the Spring 2013 semester on community-initiated mapping projects. The students are graduate and undergraduate students in geography, GIS, urban studies, and planning. Projects begin in early February 2013 and will be completed by mid-May 2013. 

If you would like to apply, simply complete this web form.

Competition for the 2013-2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

December 15, 2012

CURA is pleased to announce the competition for the 2013–2014 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

Competition for the 2013-2014 Faculty Interactive Research Program

November 28, 2012

CURA invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage University faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

Request for Proposals: Resilient Communities Project 2013-2014

November 15, 2012

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) is now accepting proposals from cities and counties to be the community partner for 2013–2014.

CURA, IonE, and City of Minnetonka Launch Resilient Communities Project

September 14, 2012

CURA is partnering with the Institute on the Environment and the City of Minnetonka to launch the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), an ambitious pilot effort to better connect University of Minnesota resources with communities in Minnesota interested in sustainability. The initiative will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by Minnetonka.

Twin Cities 2050: Advancing an Equity Agenda for the Twin Cities Region

August 9, 2012

Last week, a group of leaders met with other community, business and government leaders to discuss the future of the Twin Cities region.

2012 Metropolitan Research Grant Recipients Named

August 8, 2012

CURA and the University Metropolitan Consortium are pleased to announce the recipients of this year's Metropolitan Research Grant Program awards: 

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