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Region Five Development Commission: Transportation & Economic Development


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During the National Regional Transportation Conference and National CEDS Forum (June 2019, Columbus, OH), Tad Erickson shared the approach of Region Five Development Commission to use priority strategies from its Resilience Region planning effort to build assets. One project that exemplifies that connection is the Cypress Drive project in Baxter, MN.

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Region Five Development Commission: Transportation & Economic Development

  1. 1. Bridging Relationships and Resources
  2. 2. Via the Regional Development Act of 1969 R5DC was established in 1973 “to insure the orderly and harmonious coordination of state, federal and local comprehensive planning and development programs for the solution of economic, social, physical and governmental problems of the state and its citizens . . . “ Our Role Region Five Development Commission addresses regional critical issues without duplicating private, public and non- profit entities. We want to know "what keeps you up at night" and address those issues. This results in partnering and collaborating with other organizations, businesses, non-profits, and local units of government. 2
  3. 3. 3 Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO)
  4. 4. Opportunities & Challenges Building a Resilient Region 4 Energy Production Access to Healthy Food Educational Opportunities Housing Opioid Addiction Mental HealthChild Care Broadband
  5. 5. Land of 11,842 Lakes 5
  6. 6. Life in the Brainerd Lakes Area! 6
  7. 7. Geography and Lakes of Minnesota 7
  8. 8. Brainerd Lakes Area (BLA) 8
  9. 9. Brainerd Lakes Area (BLA) 9
  10. 10. Highway 371 10 Principal Arterial AADT 31,500 (at Intersection of TH 210) Main seasonal rout from 7 County Metro to Brainerd Lakes Area (BLA)
  11. 11. Highway 210 11 Principal Arterial AADT 24,400 (at Intersection of TH 371) Acts as an East-West, route for non local traffic passing through BLA Also acts as an East-West, rout for local traffic
  12. 12. Cypress Drive N/S Connection 12
  13. 13. Cypress Drive N/S Connection 13 FHWA: $210,930 STBG: $210,930 20% local Match: $84,372 Total Proj. Cost: $506,232 Awarded in 2015 Construction 2019
  14. 14. Brainerd Lakes Area (BLA) 14
  15. 15. Cypress Drive N/S Connection 15
  16. 16. Paul Bunyan State Trail 16
  17. 17. Tad A. Erickson R5DC & NCEDA Senior Regional Planner 200 1st Street NE, Suite 2, Staples, MN 56479 Direct: 218.894.3233 Ext. #7 Mobile: 218.820.9281