While economic growth in a number of Minnesota counties is limited by the shortage of housing, this situation is nowhere as stark as it is in Roseau County. Located on the Canadian border, this county of 15,000 people is home to two major Minnesotadayton companies, Marvin Windows and Doors and Polaris Industries -- both of which are asking for state help to increase the supply of housing affordable across the income spectrum.
This month MHP helped local officials organize a community forum to draw attention to the county's housing crisis. In addition to attendance by company executives and community leaders, Governor Dayton and the state housing and economic development commissioners flew in to participate. Regional housing developers, MHP staff, and Warren Hanson of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, added technical expertise.
At the January Minnesota Housing board meeting, the highlights included the governor's budget, the proposed 2014 Qualified Allocation Plan, and an announcement that Joe Johnson, a bank executive from Duluth, has been appointed to another four-year term on the board.
MHP staff recently had the opportunity to visit the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. We've been working there to help Thunder Valley CDC enact its community sustainability regional plan. This plan, called Oyate Omniciyé, honors the culture and history of Lakota people while striving to create a sustainable economic future for generations to come.