KLJ’s funding resources, public works, transportation, environmental, survey, and right-of-way teams worked together to create a master plan for relocating the city to higher ground while continuing to sustain services for existing residents and businesses. The master plan allowed local jurisdictions to diligently plan their approach to flood protection for homes, business, and the K-12 school located in the community. KLJ walked citizens through the relocation process involving multiple state and federal agencies. We also coordinated communication and public education efforts throughout the duration of the project.
The project resulted in the creation of a master plan which included the identification of future economic development opportunities to make Minnewaukan viable in its new location. KLJ also developed plans with the Minnewaukan Public School District to meet the school’s access needs while preserving space for future homes and compatible businesses around the new school site. After extensive research and agency involvement, KLJ along with NDDES developed a complex funding package comprised of a variety of funding opportunities to assist the city with expenses related to infrastructure development, acquiring and relocating homes, and the new school. Once opportunities were selected to pursue, Government Relations worked closely with the City of Minnewaukan to secure funding. This effort required extensive organization through coordination with multiple government agencies, grant management, and program implementation.
KLJ secured funding for the City to protect existing water and sewer infrastructure and to construct road, water and sewer infrastructure at the new city site. Our team secured funding through FEMA for the acquisition and relocation of homes. Funding was leveraged through Federal New Market Tax Credits to complete the new school construction. Our team worked diligently to engage stakeholders in ongoing communication regarding the status of this project. Our ability to provide a wide range of services, including municipal engineering, community planning, and government relations, exemplifies the diversified background needed to solve complex issues, such as relocating a city.