Sen. Norm Coleman will be in Brainerd Friday for a roundtable discussion on how the lakes area is responding to housing challenges in a time of high growth and development.
Coleman will host a two-hour listening session -- from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Brainerd School District Learning Center on 10th Avenue Northeast in Brainerd. The session is designed to talk about Brainerd area accomplishments and suggest how the federal government can assist area efforts to provide a range of affordable housing for residents in growing communities.
Crow Wing County's population increased 25 percent from 1990 to 2000. The state demographer estimates the 2003 population count at 58,000. That number is expected to reach nearly 100,000 by 2020, county planning officials report.
Topics are expected to include the Brainerd-Baxter Housing Partnership, created in 2003 to bring residents and government officials together to create effective housing strategies and goals.
Discussion participants are anticipated to include: Brainerd Mayor James Wallin; Lisa Paxton, Brainerd Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce chief executive officer; Doug Grout, Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority executive director; Sheila Haverkamp, Brainerd Lakes Area Development Corp. executive director; Elizabeth Harris, Brainerd Police Department crime prevention specialist; Kevin Pelkey, Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity executive director.
The meeting is open to the public.
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