The Evaluation Framework of the Future: How Minneapolis Blends Capital Funding with Equity

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. CDT

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Minneapolis recently restructured their annual capital street funding process by developing and applying a criteria-based system that focuses on racial and economic equity to prioritize projects. Come learn about how the impetus, methodology, challenges, and future process improvements could be applied in your city or agency!

The 20 Year Streets Funding Plan details the process and criteria for how the City of Minneapolis selects street improvement projects for inclusion in the annual Capital Improvement Program (CIP).  The plan is informed by the Neighborhood Park and Street Infrastructure ordinance, a landmark agreement passed by the City Council to equitably address needed funding to repave City streets and maintain neighborhood parks far into the future. The new ordinance specified the use of a criteria-based system with a focus on racial and economic equity to annually select projects for the capital improvement plan (CIP). The ordinance increased the capital street paving budget by $21.2 million per year annually for 20 years, starting in 2017.

This session will bring new ideas and methods around these key skills:

• Innovation: The 20 Year Streets Funding Plan represents a one-of-a-kind approach to strategically quantifying and building equity into a planning process. While there is much talk about identifying and addressing equity in transportation, this session will detail how the City is already doing it and where we hope to make advancements in the coming years.

• Skill Building: This session will share a technically complex methodology with participants, and focus on how an effective communication strategy can take what people’s concerns are (e.g. better designed streets or more bike lanes in certain areas) and turn them into an annual evaluation framework. It will highlight the nuances of a qualitative screening, reflecting the idea of seizing and creating opportunities through this new investment. Participants will leave with an understanding of what criteria went into the quantitative process and why.

• Problem Solving: We will share with participants how data shortcomings were overcome and communicated to the public to capture people’s highest priorities.


Kathleen Mayell, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Kathleen Mayell, AICP Kathleen is a Transportation Planning Manager in the City of Minneapolis’ Public Works Department. She oversees the planning, policy, and transportation initiatives of the Transportation Planning and Programming Division. Originally from Minneapolis, Kathleen spent over a decade on the east coast, attending college and grad school, and ... Read More

Anna Potter

Confirmed Speaker

Anna is a transportation planner and engineer-in-training with interests in data analysis, graphic visualization, and multimodal planning. Anna has experience in transitway planning, traffic studies, long range transportation planning, and construction management. Anna received a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University in 2011 and a Masters ... Read More

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