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Local governments continue exploration of HRA

Representatives of the Minnesota Housing Partnership visited Cook County Friday, June 4, to learn about some of the housing projects proposed or underway in the county. They also shared information on how their organization could possibly help via the creation of a Housing Redevelopment Authority.

Three people in various stages of developing housing were part of a panel discussion—Anna Hamilton of Hamilton Housing; Joe Swanson of Bluefin Bay Resorts; and Rob Dieter of a new project, Sawbill Village.

The gathering was facilitated by Mary Somnis, director of the Cook County-Grand Marais Economic Development Authority, who said the meeting included a lot of “thoughtful dialogue” and good questions and comments.

The meeting was recorded for those who could not attend. The recording of the meeting can be seen here. (Somnis recommends forwarding to 14:45 when the panel discussion begins.)

WTIP’s Rhonda Silence spoke with Somnis about the presentations and conversation at the meeting—and about the next steps.