Locally Grown podcast #17: Northfield’s economic development with guest Mayor Lee Lansing

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Jon Roberts and Karen Beard at the May 9 EDA meeting The May 9 EDA meeting The Locally Grown crew and guest Lee Lansing

TIP Strategies consultants Jon Roberts and Karen Beard (left) presented a near-final draft of their economic development study to the EDA last Tuesday morning (center) and the report was discussed in episode #17 of Locally Grown (May 12), recorded Friday afternoon in the studios of KRLX (right) with Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing.

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Locally Grown podcast #16: Sidewalk dining; Northfield Library expansion report

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Issues covered in episode #16 of Locally Grown, recorded this afternoon (May 5): The “Northfield Public Library Preliminary Report on Community Needs Assessment And Space Needs” with guest Adam Gurno, library board member; also, a brief recap of Tuesday’s NDDC downtown forum on sidewalk dining.

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Locally Grown podcast #15: Northfield’s ultra high-speed broadband infrastructure: an economic development opportunity?

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Joel Cooper at KRLX

Issues covered in episode #15 of Locally Grown, recorded Friday (April 28): Northfield’s ultra high-speed broadband infrastructure with guest, Joel Cooper, Carleton’s Director of Information Technology Services.

Last year, the colleges brought fiber to their campuses for Internet2. The conduit containing the fiber winds its way through the middle of downtown. Could this infrastructure be made available to businesses, insititutions and residents to purchase, thereby providing Northfield with an economic development opportunity that’s rare for a town its size?

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Locally Grown podcast #14: Dog Park; Monday’s vote on 1306; library expansion report draft

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Issues covered in episode #14 of Locally Grown, recorded Friday (April 21):

  1. The proposed Dog Park, with guest Rick Estenson (0 to 17 min)
  2. Analysis of the Northfield City Council’ repeal of 1306 last Monday night. (17:00 to 25:15)
  3. An early look at the consultant’s draft report/recommendations for the library expansion. (25:15 to 29:00)

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Locally Grown podcast #13: Econ Dev draft; Q-Block update; Monday’s vote on 1306

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Issues covered in episode #13 of Locally Grown (April 15), recorded yesterday with blogger Ross Currier, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) Executive Director and member of the Northfield Planning Commission; and blogger Tracy Davis, local business owner, Northfield Planning Commission member and a member of the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA); and me, business owner.

  1. The draft of the Economic Development Plan: 0 to 26:45
  2. Update on the Q-Block: 26:45 to 38:25
  3. The Council vote on 1306 on Monday night: 38:25 to end

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Locally Grown podcast #12: bike racks, bike lanes, economic development and traffic light updates

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Griff Wigley and Betsey Buckheit English bike racks

I took the train to Cambridge in the UK yesterday to visit Northfielders Betsey Buckheit (former blogging planning commissioner), husband Justin London (Carleton music prof) and daughter Elizabeth who’ve been there since Sept. Justin received a Fullbright to do research there for the year. I took the opportunity to do another show for our podcast, Locally Grown, with Betsey as a guest and the two of us participating via Skype Out to the KRLX studios where Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Cameron Nordholm graciously got up very early on Saturday morning — April 8 — central time to accommodate my schedule.

Topics:

  1. Bike racks and the pros and cons of bike lanes in downtown Northfield;
  2. the forthcoming economic development report from the consultants hired by the EDA;
  3. an update on the Highway 3 & 3rd St. traffic light request.

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Locally Grown podcast #11: the Northfield Municipal Liquor Store

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Issues covered in show #11 of Locally Grown (March 10), recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon:

  1. The Very Short Play Festival with guest Brendon Etter (click photo to enlarge; taken at a karaoke event a month ago).
  2. The proposed expansion/relocation of the Northfield Municipal Liquor Store (starting at the 19 minute mark).

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Locally Grown podcast #10: Making Northfield an energy self-sufficient community

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Issues covered in show #10 of Locally Grown (March 3), recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon: making Northfield an energy self-sufficient community.

Guest: Bruce Anderson, Executive Director of RENewNorthfield. Click the photo thumbnail to see his memorable shirt (photo taken last summer).

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“Locally Grown” #9: telecom infrastructure

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Issues covered in show #9 of Locally Grown (February 24), recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon:

Ultra high-speed broadband and Northfield’s economic development.

Guest: Milda Hedblom, adjunct professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and professor of politics and communications at Augsburg College.

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