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Encourage local officials to pursue a Reconnecting Communities planning grant.
This is the moment we've been waiting for. As of July 5th, 2023, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program is officially accepting applications. This USDOT program provides a number of resources to communities interested in finding ways to overcome infrastructure barriers in their city. In Duluth, that means that the City, Metropolitan Interstate Council, MnDOT, and/or other government agencies or non-profits can now submit an application for up to $2 million in planning funds to help understand risks, answer questions, overcome challenges, and find solutions related to the divide caused by Interstate 35 in Duluth's downtown waterfront.
Please join us in encouraging the officials listed below to apply for these funds.
City of Duluth
General Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan Interstate Council
District Engineer: email@example.com
Not sure what to say? While personal messages work best, here's an example you can copy.
Dear (official's name),
As of July 5th, 2023, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program is officially taking applications. I hope that you along with the other relevant agencies in our community will submit a joint application to this program. Obtaining these funds would help our community better understand how we can best overcome the barriers presented by the downtown stretch of I-35, leading us to a more livable, equitable, and sustainable Duluth for all.
You can learn more about the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program at https://www.transportation.gov/grants/reconnecting-communities