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Va-Megn Thoj, Executive Director, Asian Economic Development Association
www.aeda-mn.org, www.LittleMekong.com
Rail~Voluti...
AEDA’s business support during
CCLRT/Green Line development
• Planning & pre-construction
• Construction
• Post-constructi...
Planning & pre-construction
• Organizing
• Education
• Advocacy
• Connection to decision making
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Planning & pre-construction
• Outcomes
• Greater business participation, awareness, &
preparedness
• Focus on immediate su...
Construction
Objectives: mitigating loss of access, physical
damages; greater access to resources
• Communication
• Mitiga...
Post-construction & beyond
Objectives: recovery & capturing opportunities
• Available programs & resources
• Civic partici...
AEDA’s strengths
• Connection & knowledge of the community
• Relevant cultural skills
• Founded by the businesses we serve...
Lessons learned
• Invest in empowering & working with
organizations in underrepresented communities
• Build relationships ...
Va-Megn Thoj
Contact:
vamegn@aeda-mn.org
www.aeda-mn.org
www.LittleMekong.com
facebook.com/LittleMekong
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RV 2014: Mind Our Dust- Supporting Businesses During Construction by Va-Megn Thoj

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Mind Our Dust: Supporting Businesses During Construction AICP CM 1.5

Supporting existing businesses during transit construction is a priority. Transit agencies, regional and city partners across the country have developed a wide array of assistance programs to keep businesses well-positioned during construction. What works? What doesn't? How do you get businesses to take advantage of the programs early and well in advance of construction? Explore a variety of programs with a wide range of services including how to carve out budget for business support initiatives, way-finding/directional signage, marketing, business counseling, technical assistance, loan programs, grants and peer-to-peer forums. Learn how to use support from partners to customize programs for each unique community.

Moderator: Terry J. Gruver, Vice President, HDR | InfraConsult, Phoenix, Arizona
Va-Megn Thoj, Executive Director, Asian Economic Development Association, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jennifer Koozer, Community Affairs Representative, Trimet, Portland, Oregon
Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager, City of Saint Paul, Department of Planning and Economic Development, St. Paul, Minnesota

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RV 2014: Mind Our Dust- Supporting Businesses During Construction by Va-Megn Thoj

  1. 1. Va-Megn Thoj, Executive Director, Asian Economic Development Association www.aeda-mn.org, www.LittleMekong.com Rail~Volution 2014 Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota
  2. 2. AEDA’s business support during CCLRT/Green Line development • Planning & pre-construction • Construction • Post-construction and beyond 2
  3. 3. Planning & pre-construction • Organizing • Education • Advocacy • Connection to decision making 3
  4. 4. Planning & pre-construction • Outcomes • Greater business participation, awareness, & preparedness • Focus on immediate survival needs • Mitigation funding – Ready for Rail loans 4
  5. 5. Construction Objectives: mitigating loss of access, physical damages; greater access to resources • Communication • Mitigation resources • Monitor & troubleshoot [include link here] • Connecting businesses to decision making 5
  6. 6. Post-construction & beyond Objectives: recovery & capturing opportunities • Available programs & resources • Civic participation • Placemaking & asset building • Growing businesses 6
  7. 7. AEDA’s strengths • Connection & knowledge of the community • Relevant cultural skills • Founded by the businesses we serve • Ability to bridge across barriers & differences 7
  8. 8. Lessons learned • Invest in empowering & working with organizations in underrepresented communities • Build relationships with business owners • Recognize the need for assistance & mitigation • Commit to emergency assistance resources 8
  9. 9. Va-Megn Thoj Contact: vamegn@aeda-mn.org www.aeda-mn.org www.LittleMekong.com facebook.com/LittleMekong 9

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