City of Ramsey Projects

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For the 2017–2018 academic year, RCP partnered with the City of Ramsey on 21 projects matched with 20 courses at the University of Minnesota, offering 280 students hands-on, applied learning opportunities while providing the City with information, ideas, and new perspectives on locally identified community resiliency issues. Projects were designed to further the city’s strategic planning priorities, which include financial stability, a connected community, smart citizen-focused government, and an efficient organization. 

Community Identity and Engagement 

Every Voice Matters (Resident Engagement and Volunteerism Plan) Project Goal: Develop strategies and policies to expand the City's resident engagement efforts beyond land use policy to include other types of community issues and decisions; and facilitate volunteer opportunities that can cultivate future community leaders. Project Lead: Kurt Ulrich, City Administrator

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 Course Report + Poster

PA 8081: Planning and Public Affairs Capstone (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Poster

A Gathering Place for Community (Community Center Plan) Project Goal: Assess community need for and explore options to develop a recreation, performing arts, or other community center in the heart of The COR, a nearly 400-acre transit-oriented, mixed-use development along the Northstar Commuter Rail line. Project Lead: Patrick Brama, Assistant City Administrator/Economic Development Manager

PA 5253: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 Course Report

SMGT 3881: Senior Seminar in Sports Management (Instructor: Dr. Lisa Kihl) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Presentations

ARCH 3250/LA 3002: Design Workshop/Informants of Creating Landscape Space (Instructors: James Wheeler, Joseph Favour) Spring 2018 Course | Team 1 Report | Team 2 Report | Team 3 Report | Team 4 Report | Team 5 Report

Sustaining Our Legacy (Historic Town Hall Plan) Project Goal: Help the City develop a plan for the Historic Ramsey Town Hall, including opportunities for adaptive reuse or shared use at the current or other locations; and engagement strategies to involve the public in planning for the future of the facility. Project Lead: Kurt Ulrich, City Administrator

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2018 Course Final Report

ARCH 5672: Historic Building Conservation (Instructor: Todd Grover) Fall 2018 Course | Town Hall Report + Presentation | Wilson Farmstead Report + Presentation 

Creating Community Identity (Branding and Marketing Plan) Project Goal: Help the City develop a branding and marketing plan, and identify potential strategies to increase the City’s visibility and profile in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Project Lead: Kurt Ulrich, City Administrator

JOUR 8202: Generation and Selection of Communication Strategies (Instructor: Steve Wehrenberg) Spring 2018 Course | Team 1 Report | Team 2 Report | Team 3 Report | Team 4 Report

 

Housing and Economic Development

Encouraging Small Business Growth and Expansion (Business Incubator Plan) Project Goal: Build on the City’s successful business retention and expansion program by exploring new and emerging models for business incubators and other public or private business development initiatives. Project Lead: Patrick Brama, Assistant City Administrator/Economic Development Manager

PA 5511: Community and Economic Development (Instructor: Bob Streetar) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Presentation 

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 CourseReport

Economic Development Fellows Consulting Program (Mentor: Tim Tripp) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Poster + Presentation

Creating Housing Opportunities for All Generations (Housing Plan) Project Goal: Help the City update its housing plan by assessing current housing stock and housing gaps, identifying policies and financial tools to create a diverse housing stock, and designing a communications/outreach strategy to garner public support for the City’s housing goals. Project Lead: Tim Gladhill, Community Development Director

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 CourseReport + Poster

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 Course | Report

HSG 5467: Housing and the Social Environment (Instructor: Dr. Becky Yust) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Post Occupancy Evaluation + Presentations 

Creating Destination (Retail Market Analysis) Project Goal: Assist the City in attracting destination retail by identifying the types of retail likely to locate in Ramsey, and recommending marketing approaches, incentives, and other tools/strategies to attract retail development. Project Lead: Patrick Brama, Assistant City Administrator/Economic Development Manager

PA 5211: Land Use Planing (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 Course Report

PA 5511: Community and Economic Development (Instructor: Bob Streetar) Fall 2017 CourseReport + Presentation 

Paying for Future Infrastructure Needs (Development Fee Study) Project Goal: Help the City revise its approach to funding infrastructure by comparing Ramsey's current development fees to those in peer communities, investigating other mechanism to locally fund infrastructure improvements, and identifying cost-reduction strategies for infrastructure improvements and maintenance. Project Lead: Tim Gladhill, Community Development Director

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Report

 

Land Use and Transportation

Highway 10: A Community and Regional Focal Point (U.S. Highway 10 Corridor Plan) Project Goal: Assist with ongoing development of the City's U.S. Highway 10 Corridor Plan by assessing potential future land uses in the corridor, investigating incentive-based approaches to encourage building and site improvements, and identifying existing and emerging models for multimodal highway corridor planning. Project Lead: Tim Gladhill, Community Development Director

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 CourseReport 

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz ) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Poster

PA 8081: Planning and Public Affairs Capstone (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Posters

Connecting Ramsey (City-Wide Greenway Plan) Project Goal: Assist with development of a city-wide greenway plan by identifying incentive-based approaches to creating greenways; strategies for communicating to property owners the importance and value of greenway protection; and innovative storm water management design and policy solutions that leverage greenway investments. Project Lead: Mark Riverblood, Parks and Assistant Public Works Superintendent

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 CourseReport 

ESPM 5245: Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (Instructor: Dr. Mae Davenport) Fall 2017 CourseReport + Presentation 

ARCH 3250/LA 3002: Design Workshop/Informants of Creating Landscape Space (Instructors: James Wheeler, Joseph Favour & Jessica Rossi-Mastracci) Spring 2018 Course | Team 1 Report + Poster | Team 2 Report + Poster | Team 3 Report + Poster  | Team 4 Report + Posters

GEOG 5564: Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis (Instructor: Dr. Ying Song) Spring 2018 Course | Marsh Gap Report | Greenway Accessibility Report | Circle of Ramsey Story Map

A Gathering Within: An Attraction Beyond (The COR Development Plan Update) Project Goal: Assist with update of The COR Development Plan for the City's transit-oriented town center by outlining an engagement strategy, assessing the sustainability of proposed land uses and opportunities to maximize development potential, identifying strategies for measuring market relevance and return on investment, and recommending implementation approaches to accommodate both short-term and long-term investments in The COR. Project Lead: Tim Gladhill, Community Development Director

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 Course | Report

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Poster

PA 8081: Planning and Public Affairs Capstone (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Posters

 

Environmental Stewardship

Integrating Resources into Our Future (Natural Resources Management and Outreach Plan) Project Goal: Help the City update the Natural Resources chapter of the comprehensive plan by developing outreach and education strategies to communicate to residents the value of natural resource projection; identifying and prioritizing high-value natural resources for conservation or restoration; and identifying incentives and other non-regulatory strategies to protect and manage natural resources. Project Lead: Chris Anderson, City Planner

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 Course | Terrestrial Resources Report | Aquatic Resources Report 

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Poster

ESPM 5245: Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (Instructor: Dr. Mae Davenport) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Presentation 

Preventing Flood Damage and Disaster (Floodplain Communications Plan) Project Goal: Identify communication strategies, as well as practical tools and resources, to encourage and assist business owners and homeowners to preserve natural floodplains and protect structures from flood damage. Project Lead: Bruce Westby, City Engineer

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Posters

GEOG 5564: Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis (Instructor: Dr. Ying Song) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Presentation + Poster

Reduce Waste, Reuse Resources (Organics Recycling Plan) Project Goal: Assess the feasibility of creating an organic waste recycling program by investigating local examples of successful organic waste diversion programs, identifying barriers to successful implementation, and documenting strategies to build local capacity for and public participation in such a program. Project Lead: Chris Anderson, City Planner

PA 5712: Science to Action (Instructor: Steve Kelley) Spring 2018 Course | Report

SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities (Instructor: Amir Nadav) Spring 2018 Course | Report

OLPD 5204: Designing the Adult Education Program (Instructor: Catherine Twohig) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Presentation

Clean Water, Clean Soil (Septic System Communications Plan) Project Goal: Identify best practices for private well and septic system maintenance, and outline a strategy for communicating to homeowners and business owners the importance of proper septic system maintenance so they will adopt these practices. Project Lead: Rick Jarson, Building Official

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Posters

OLPD 5204: Designing the Adult Education Program (Instructor: Catherine Twohig) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Presentation

Will the Faucet Turn On? (Water Conservation Toolkit) Project Goal: Help the City develop a citywide water conservation approach by investigating regulatory, financial, and incentive-based approaches to reduce potable water usage; and outlining a public engagement strategy to gather resident input on proposed policy changes. Project Lead: Bruce Westby, City Engineer

PA 5253: Planning and Participation Processes (Instructor: Dr. Dan Milz) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Poster + Scorecard

SUST 4004: Sustainable Communities (Instructor: Amir Nadav) Spring 2018 CourseReport + Poster

Restoring Our Edge (Mississippi Shoreline Plan) Project Goal: Identify strategies and best practices for reducing soil loss and erosion along the Mississippi River, including public or private partnerships and financial assistance available to help impacted shoreline owners. Project Lead: Chris Anderson

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) | Fall 2017 Course | Report

ESPM 5245: Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy (Instructor: Dr. Mae Davenport) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Presentation 

Storm Water Management Strategies Project Goal: Identify strategies and best practices for managing storm water to reduce flooding and improve surface water quality. Project Lead: Bruce Westby, City Engineer

CEGE 5511: Urban Hydrology and Water Quality (Instructor: Dr. John Gulliver) Fall 2017 Course | Emerald Pond Report + Presentation | The Draw Report + Presentation + Flyer 

 

Administration

Protecting Our Investments (Asset Management Plan) Project Goal: Inventory existing City assets such as streets and trails, storm water infrastructure, and boulevard trees; and develop a plan to manage these assets to ensure safety, maximum value, and return on investment. Project Lead: Bruce Westby, City Engineer

PA 5211: Land Use Planning (Instructor: Dr. Fernando Burga) Fall 2017 Course | Asset Management Report | Public Trees Report 

FNRM 5501: Urban Forest Management: Managing Greenspaces for People (Instructor: Dr. Gary Johnson) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Presentation + Volunteer Training Manual

Sustaining Our Team (Employee Development Plan) Project Goal: Assist with the creation of an employee development plan that includes training, professional development, career advancement, and volunteer opportunities. Project Lead: Colleen Lasher, Human Resources Manager

HRIR 5992: Independent Study in Human Resources (Instructor: Stacy Doepner-Hove) Fall 2017 Course | Report + Presentation 

HRIR 6304: Employee Development: Creating a Competitive Advantage (Instructor: Stacy Doepner-Hove) Spring 2018 Course | Employee Engagement | Onboarding | Performance Management | Employee Wellness | Workplace Diversity

Protecting the Public (Police and Fire Services Evaluation) Project Goal: Create a survey for business owners in Ramsey to assess satisfaction with Ramsey Police and Fire services. Project Lead: Brad Bluml, Police Captain

PA 5311: Program Evaluation (Instructor: Pete Bernardy) Spring 2018 Course | Report + Presentation + Survey Tool

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