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Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area: Planning Terms and Definition Research.

Piekarski, Amy. Published in 2010.

The Gull Lake Micropolitan Pilot Area Planning Terms and Definitions Research project was used to create a list of common terms and definitions to be used throughout the six local government units. Ordinances and plans were gathered from the six local units of government and the Department of Natural Resources, and then terms and definitions were extracted and put into a database. By creating a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet the data was easily organized and analyzed.

The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central Minnesota Example.

Tuck, Brigid, Monica Haynes, Robert King and Ryan Pesch. Published in 2010.

Evaluating the Potential of the Buy Fresh Buy Local Strategy for Northwest Minnesota.

Rattanavong, Chansouda. Published in 2010.

Community Action Duluth: Measuring the Return on Investment for Participant Outcomes in Three Community Action Duluth Employment Programs.

Acharya, Nikhil. Published in 2010.

The focus of this study was to examine the Return on Investment from Community Action Duluth Programs. The objective was to analyze the three programs; HOPE Program, Bridges to Employment and Jump Start Duluth Program. These Programs create economic value, which is easy to measure, but there are also many social impacts created, which may not be comparatively easy to measure. This report strives to identify such social impacts along with measuring the economic returns generated by these three programs. For the Analysis, a simple Return on Investment Method was used.

Why Homeless Individuals “Get Stuck”: A Closer Look at Shelter Use and Intervention Points in Hennepin County.

Edwards, Ashley, Jennifer Hyk, Amelia Kendall, Jennifer Larson, and Tesfaye Negash. Published in 2011.

This policy brief is adapted from Heading Home Hennepin: An Analysis of Shelter Use and Intervention Points, a report prepared for Professor Maria Hanratty’s spring 2010 capstone workshop at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The brief summarizes a study that assessed how well homelessness programs funded by Hennepin County, in partnership with other agencies and organizations, are meeting the needs of the long-term homeless population.

Mysteries of Public Finance.

University Metropolitan Consortium. Published in 2010.

This 30-minute DVD, produced in cooperation with Twin Cities Public Television, explains the basics of how public funding works, including how governments raise money, how it is spent, who benefits, and who pays.

Protecting the Civil Rights of Detained Immigrants in Minnesota

Chin, Jacob, Katherine Fennelly, Kathleen Moccio, Charles Miles, and José D. Pacas. Published in 2011.

During the past five years, the kinds of immigration enforcement actions that lead to arrests and detentions have dramatically increased. Undocumented immigrants, as well as some lawful permanent residents, end up in civil immigration detention through various channels that include seeking asylum in the United States, arrests at worksite raids or in homes, random stops for civil violations (such as a burned-out tail light), and arrests or convictions for crimes.

Mobile Justice': A Study of the Effects of Transportation Projects on Manufactured Home Parks.

Weiner, Elliot. Published in 2010.

Manufactured Home Parks are one of Minnesota's most valuable sources of affordable housing. There are more affordable housing units in Manufactured Home Parks (MHP's) than there are Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidized units and Rural Development units combined. Statewide, there are over 900 licensed parks in which nearly 180,000 residents live. According to HUD guidelines, 80% of these residents fall within low to very-low income brackets. In addition, MHP's in Minnesota are 87% owner occupied.

Economic Indicators of the Lake Street Corridor.

Diaz, Jose. Published in 2010.

The Lake Street corridor is 5-miles stretching west to east from Lake Calhoun to the Mississippi River 30 blocks south of the center of downtown Minneapolis. During the period between 2005 and 2008, three quarters of the street has been under reconstruction. This project and report had two primary goals: First, to present a summary of the changes in two major economic indicators between 2004 and 2006 for the Lake Street Corridor, the number of businesses and the level of sales tax. Second, to identify the impact being in a construction zone may have had on these indicators.

Bridging Social Capital: Responsive Listening Project.

Anthony, Summer. Published in 2010.

Together with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota (LACM), Southeast Asian Community Council (SEACC), and the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, the Harrison Neighborhood Association (HNA) is acting as the lead organization in a four organization partnership working in North Minneapolis. The multi-cultural partnership with an Undoing Racism framework has led to HNA's organizational focus on racial and economic justice.

Milaca Downtown Revitalization.

Jorgensen, Zachary. Published in 2010.

The main goal of this project was to provide the City of Milaca with visions of what their downtown area could look like as they seek to revitalize and reenergize the core of the city. The subsequent drawings, maps, and boards are meant to begin a broader dialog within the community. One that will help form a stronger idea of what can be done in designing the spaces that will form the identity and sense of place within Milaca.

Biomass Gasification.

Harstad, Rachel. Published in 2010.

Every year, small businesses spend $60 billion on energy costs. That number is only going to increase with the rapidly rising prices of fossil fuels. Many small businesses are looking for more efficient ways to heat their businesses at rates that are more economical. One way some businesses are doing just that is by using biomass gasification. Biomass gasification is an existing technology that has 'resurfaced' when fossil fuel prices get too large for businesses to handle.

Shaping the Urban Environment.

University Metropolitan Consortium. Published in 2010.

This 30-minute DVD, produced in cooperation with Twin Cities Public Television, explores the challenges and choices facing communities developing land in an environment of scarce and fragile natural resources.

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