Major Partners and Initiatives
The Twin Cities region is continuing to move forward with planning and implementation for equitable TOD. Below are just a few of the major programs happening in the Twin Cities. Many more local resources are also listed hereCorridors of Opportunity
The Corridors of Opportunity (CoO) initiative promotes sustainable, vibrant, and healthy communities, using the region’s emerging transitway system as a development focus. The Metropolitan Council and a broad consortium of policymakers, foundations, community organizations, and leaders are engaged in these efforts.
The CoO Vision is that Transitway corridors will guide our region’s growth, vitality, and competitiveness. Development along transitways will create distinctive places and strengthen local assets while increasing ridership and expanding access to jobs, affordable housing, and essential services for residents of all incomes and backgrounds.
This initiative is funded through a package of loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Living Cities.
HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative: In October 2010, the Twin Cities was awarded a $5 million planning grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a part of its Sustainable Communities Initiative. Led by the Metropolitan Council, this award will help fund planning around transit corridors in the region.
Living Cities Integration Initiative: The Twin Cities were also chosen by Living Cities (a collaborative of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions) to take part in The Living Cities Integration Initiative. Through the Living Cities Initiative, the Twin Cities region is eligible for up to $16 million in grants, loans, and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to support its efforts.
Learn more about the Corridors of Opportunity initiative here.
Housing Policy Toolkit: The Minnesota HousingPolicy.org Toolbox is an online guide to state and local housing policy developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy in partnership with ULI Minnesota.
Visit the Housing Policy Toolkit here.