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This is the moment we've been waiting for. As of June 30th, 2022, the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program is officially taking 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.

Key Contacts:

City of Duluth

General Contact: info@duluthmn.gov

Metropolitan Interstate Council

District Engineer: duane.hill@state.mn.us

MnDOT

Not sure what to say? While personal messages work best, here's an example you can copy.

Dear (official's name),

As of June 30th, 2022, 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.

Thank you,

(your name)

You can learn more about the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program at https://www.transportation.gov/grants/reconnecting-communities