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Staples receives safe routes for schools grant

Posted: June 8, 2012 - 6:03pm

Staples receives safe routes for schools grant

In the fall of 2010 the Region Five Development Commission received a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant.

The grant supports a multi-jurisdictional planning effort and will be used to build economic competitiveness throughout the region. The areas of focus are housing, transportation, economic development and land use. A series of updates will follow the accomplishments of this planning effort and let you know about the exciting things that are happening in the region.

The issues and opportunities faced by businesses, local governments and citizens are commonly shared throughout the region. Twenty-six activities in the focus areas are being addressed.

Staples was chosen as a recipient for a Safe Routes to School planning grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). The grants will support Safe Routes to School plans at 70 schools in 35 communities and implementation grants at 22 schools in nine communities.

“These projects will help communities increase opportunities for kids to walk and bike to school,” said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel in a news release. “More kids walking and biking means less traffic on the road and in front of schools, improving safety and promoting healthier kids.”

The planning grant will be implemented by Region Five in partnership with Community Education, which will analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions at the schools. For more information on the Safe Routes to Schools program please visit the MnDOT web page at: www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes.