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St. Louis County seeks public input on community development priorities

What do housing, services for senior citizens, parks, removal of blighted buildings, and technology connections have in common? They’re all examples of community development. St. Louis County wants to hear from the public on how these services should be prioritized.

The St. Louis County Planning and Community Development Department is looking for community input on local priorities from county residents who live outside of Duluth. (The plan excludes the City of Duluth, which completes its own plan.) The information collected will be used in the county’s Community Development Consolidated Plan. The five-year plan guides applications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for funds that address housing and community development needs.

Public input regarding needs and priorities will guide the Citizen Advisory Committee as they review project applications and make recommendations on the award of community development funds. While the county is interested in all community development needs, HUD funding is restricted on what types of projects may be funded.

A link to the survey is available on the county’s website: stlouiscountymn.gov/communitydevelopment. The deadline to complete the survey is December 31, 2019.

Anyone with questions or who would like to request a paper copy of the survey, can email communitydevelopmentinfo@stlouiscountymn.gov or call 218-749-7103.

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