Friday, June 17, 2011

Kris Nelson

Kris Nelson.jpgI was saddened to learn today that my good friend and colleague Kris Nelson died in his sleep last night. Kris, who worked for the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) for many years, taught a capstone workshop on economic and community development with me for Humphrey School grad students each spring semester. Kris who was CURA's "neighborhood guy" always handled the community development side, while I focused on economic development.

I always enjoyed Kris' lecture about his community development efforts in the Whittier Neighborhood during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Last fall, Kris joined me and Burke Murphy in teaching a new course on economic competitiveness and industry clusters. We enjoyed teaching together and learning along with the students on their team projects.

Kris touched many people in his life. He had a huge network and always seemed to know who was doing what in the community. Kris could always find the right speaker to talk about development issues for our class.

This is a great loss for our community. Kris was a great friend and I will miss him dearly.

Lee Munnich

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Humphrey Students Propose Plans for Southwest Light Rail Transit Stations

Humphrey graduate students proposed development strategies for five stations located on the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit (LRT) line for a capstone workshop taught by Lee Munnich and Kris Nelson. The five team projects were completed and presented to clients from the Bryn Mawr Neighborhood in Minneapolis and the cities of St. Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie.

The South Gateway: Increasing the Viability of Penn Station in Bryn Mawr by Arthur Huang, Brian Lafferty, Marshall Moore, and Kay Qualley

Heart of the Park: Wooddale Station Redevelopment Framework by Anders Imboden, Lindsey Knutson, Lyssa Leitner, and Kelly Muellman

Blake Road Station: A Global Village in a Midwestern Town by Brett Costain, Jennifer Halcrow, Andrea Long, and Cedric Williams

Shady Oak Station Strategy Report by Avital Barnea, Brynn Hausz, and Kurt Wayne

Golden Triangle Station Area Development Plan by Dale Cooney, Matt Fyten, and Shaker Rabban

Friday, April 8, 2011

James L. Oberstar, "Putting America First in Transportation"

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Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series
Friday, May 6, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center

Mr. Oberstar recently joined the Humphrey School of Public Affairs as a visiting scholar and chair of the advisory board for the University of Minnesota's Center for Excellence in Rural Safety. He will discuss his vision for transportation, Putting America First -- that is, ahead of our parochial, partisan, personal interests in transportation.

The Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series, which began in 2002, is a forum for distinguished individuals to address the challenges of public service for our states and nation. This series honors the public service career of former Congressman Martin O. Sabo.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.

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