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CURA announces the recipients of the 2015 NPI and ANPI grants

April 1, 2015

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) and Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) grants. We are really excited about these projects and grateful for the opportunity to support such great work. Here are the recipients:

Neighborhood Partnership Initiative

Resilient Communities Project Recognized for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education

March 27, 2015

The Resilient Communities Project (RCP) has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the MAGS/ETS Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education Award. Jointly sponsored by the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS), this annual award is given to a MAGS member institution in recognition of outstanding contributions to domestic and international graduate education at both the graduate school and program level.

U of M Resilient Communities Project partners with Carver County to advance community sustainability

March 16, 2015

Mike Greco, Resilient Communities Project, mgreco@umn.edu, 612-625-7501;
Nick Koktavy, Carver County Projects and Communications Manager, nkoktavy@co.carver.mn.us, 952-361-1797

MESI Evaluation Training Scholarships from CURA

February 10, 2015

Do you ever need to to show your impact? Do you need to build your organizational capacity to evaluate your work? If so, MESI's Spring Conference (March 9-13, 2015) is a great, affordable way to build your staff capacity and skills.

Community Based Research Request for Proposals due March 15

February 6, 2015

Community Based Research Request For Proposals

2015-2016 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

February 2, 2015

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2015–2016 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

Jeff Corn receives social change award from Isuroon

January 14, 2015

Jeff Corn received a social change award from Isuroon, a Somali women’s health advocacy organization, at their 5th anniversary celebration. CURA and Jeff have worked with Isuroon on culturally appropriate evaluation and in March testified in support of SF 1798 before the State Senate Health and Human Services committee on a bill that sought state funding for a CBPR health evaluation project. The award was presented to Jeff for “his unique ability to listen to and empower us to do our important work.”

2014-2015 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

January 13, 2015

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

CURA Names 2014 Artist and Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Grantees

January 13, 2015

The University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs’ Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) and Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provide grants of up to $10,000 to community-based, neighborhood, or other place-based organizations and artists located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding suburbs.

CURA:Tech Demo Day Recap and Awardees

November 26, 2014

This fall, seven collaborative teams presented civic technologies at the Wilder Center for CURA:Tech Demo Day.

These teams worked over the summer to develop and test prototypes* of information-based tools that strengthen the community by increasing transparency and access to public decision-making processes, public health information, resources for youth experiencing homelessness, and jobs and training opportunities.

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

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.

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