Minneapolis-St. Paul


Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

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University of Minnesota

Contact:
Jeffrey Matson, Associate Program Director

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota is an applied research and technical assistance center that connects faculty and students with community organizations and public institutions working on local and state policy issues. CURA works across disciplinary lines and professional boundaries, creating new programs and supporting projects that meet needs that no one else is meeting. Its staff leverages resources by collaborating closely with the constituents that it serves: nonprofit organizations, ethnic and racial minority groups, businesses, rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, suburban communities, local governments, and state agencies.

In a typical year, CURA may work on as many as 125 projects that involve 25 or 30 faculty and 80 or 90 students from institutions of higher education throughout the Twin Cities. These faculty and student projects may involve as many as 10 state agencies, 12 to 15 local government agencies, and more than 80 community organizations. CURA experiments with and nurtures new ideas. If they grow and flourish, they can be "spun off" to find a new supportive home or to stand alone.

CURA's Neighborhood Planning for Community Revitalization (NPCR) unit supports neighborhood organizations and community development corporations involved in neighborhood-based revitalization by providing student research assistants and faculty researchers to carry out neighborhood-initiated and neighborhood-guided projects. NPCR provides approximately 200 hours of student time to work on a project defined by the community (260 hours during the summer).

CURA's community GIS work began with the development of Minneapolis Neighborhood Information System (MNIS), a collaborative capacity-building effort intended to meet the needs of community-based organizations by providing access to a wide range of data that can inform community revitalization efforts and housing intervention and investment strategies. This project partnered with the City of Minneapolis and was funded in part by a major Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) grant at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

CURA also provides technical GIS assistance to Twin Cities community organizations and to students working on projects for these organizations.



Key Data and Information Partners:
Twin Cities Compass
451 Lexington Parkway North
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
info@tccompass.org
http://www.tccompass.org/
Metropolitan Council / MetroGIS
390 Robert Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55101
http://gis.metc.state.mn.us
metrogis-contacts@metc.state.mn.us
http://www.metrogis.org/
http://www.datafinder.org/

 

Wilder Research is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit research and evaluation groups dedicated to practical research in the field of human services. From our offices in Saint Paul, Minnesota, we work with more than 100 organizations each year to study the effectiveness of their services and to understand trends and issues that affect their work. Our Twin Cities Compass website developed, in cooperation with the Itasca Project, tracks topics that impact quality of life in the Twin Cities, including civic engagement, early childhood, economy and workforce, education, health, housing, public safety and transportation. Because disparities among different groups can create significant challenges to regional progress, Twin Cities Compass includes trend data by race, place, age, gender and income whenever possible.

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area and providing essential services to the region. The Council provides transit, wastewater collection and treatment, affordable housing, and other services in addition to its planning function. The Council provides online access to data and reports about the region and its municipal components. It also provide online mapping of much of this data. In addition, the Council is a major supporter of MetroGIS, a regional data sharing organization, and its DataFinder services that provides online access to much GIS data.

Neeraj Mehta
Director for Community Based Research
Kristen Murray
Program Developer
Jeffrey Matson
Associate Program Director

Metropolitan Council / MetroGIS

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CURA provides technical GIS assistance to Twin Cities community organizations and to students working on projects for Minnesota Compass.

Minnesota Compass

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CURA provides technical GIS assistance to Twin Cities community organizations and to students working on projects for Minnesota Compass.

Activities

March 5, 2016
Community matters as the forum for bringing people together to solve problems. Geography matters because community concerns are tied to a place. Technology matters because it provides a tool to... [read more]
March 5, 2016
Community matters as the forum for bringing people together to solve problems. Geography matters because community concerns are tied to a place. Technology matters because it provides a tool to... [read more]
May 25, 2013
Visualizing Neighborhoods is a day-long event to bring together neighborhood leaders, technologists, data visualizers, designers, artists, scientists, civil servants, and... [read more]

Publications

April 24, 2017
NNIP admin document - By: Urban Institute

Urban Institute, Data Driven Detroit (D3), Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Data You Can Use

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February 2, 2017
Presentation - By: Kathryn Pettit, Erica Raleigh, Michael Grover

Data Driven Detroit (D3), Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Urban Institute

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September 16, 2016
Meeting Materials - By: Jeff Matson

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

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September 15, 2016
Presentation - By: Jeff Matson

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

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September 14, 2016
Presentation - By: Jeff Matson

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

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Partner Webinars

May 22, 2014 - 1:00pm

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Presenters Leah Hendey, Rob Pitingolo, Kathy Pettit, Bob Gradeck, Jeff Matson, Greg Sanders, Aaron Schill, Eleanor Tutt, Mingming Zhang
March 30, 2010 - 8:00pm

Jeff Matson and Oriane Casale present an overview (PDF) of the Census Bureau's Local Employment... [read more]

Presenters Jeff Matson, CURA, University of Minnesota, Oriane Casale, Labor Market Information Office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Francisca Winston, Local Initiatives Support Corporation