Update & Action Alert: Mayor Frey says the City of Minneapolis is “exploring options” for the Reconnecting Communities Grant Program

Take action by calling Mayor Frey & Mayor Carter and asking them to apply before the October 13 deadline!

The Reconnecting Communities grant program (RCP) is a critical opportunity to leverage federal funds to study the Twin Cities Boulevard.

In the weeks since the Biden administration launched the program, hundreds of community members have sent emails asking Minneapolis and St. Paul City leaders to take advantage of this opportunity and submit a joint application to evaluate a highway-to-boulevard conversion on the Rethinking I-94 project corridor.

Your voices are being heard. In late July, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey sent emails stating that his office is evaluating its options regarding the Reconnecting Communities program and is talking with partner agencies about a potential application. Read the full email response below:

“Thank you for reaching out to express your support and interest in a joint Reconnecting Communities grant application for the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. I, too, am excited for the opportunities this new federal grant program presents to us as a city and a region to repair some of the damage caused by transportation and infrastructure projects that were completed decades ago.

I am pleased to say that we are exploring our options for a grant application, and are in continued conversations with potential project partners. I appreciate your feedback, and hope you will continue to stay in touch with your thoughts.”

Mayor Frey Email Response on July 26

While this is an encouraging step, both Mayor Frey and St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter have NOT committed to applying for a Reconnecting Communities grant to study the Twin Cities Boulevard.

The October 13 application deadline is fast approaching. Call Mayor Frey and Mayor Carter and ask for their support!

Office of Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey: 612-673-2100

Office of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter: 651-266-8510

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The next two months are critical. We will continue organizing until both Mayor Frey & Mayor Carter make a public commitment to supporting a Reconnecting Communities grant application to study a highway-to-boulevard conversion on the Rethinking I-94 corridor.