District 7 Partnerships
MnDOT created Area Transportation Partnerships (ATP) more than two decades ago in response to changes in federal law that increased state flexibility and the need for public involvement in transportation planning and program decision-making. ATPs were established by each district specifically to facilitate broader input to the federal project selection process for the development of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), the four-year program of state and local projects with federal highway and transit funding, projects with state funding.
South Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership
The South Central Minnesota Area Transportation Partnership is organized along the District 7 boundary and includes all the counties in the district. In addition to MnDOT District 7 staff, representatives from cities, counties, tribal governments, other agencies and industry are included in the ATP. Through the ATP, these organizations are responsible for reviewing the district’s proposed four construction program and recommend local transportation priorities for federal funding.
While there are no tribes located in District 7, MnDOT does consult with tribes annually to discuss transportation issues and projects in other areas of the state.
Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) lead the development of area transportation plans and coordinates the transportation planning process. All urban areas with populations greater than 50,000 are required by federal law to have an MPO if the agencies spend federal funds on transportation improvements. There is one MPO in District 7.
Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization
The Mankato/North Mankato Area Planning Organization (MAPO) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the planning area encompassing the city of Mankato, North Mankato and surrounding urbanized areas. The MAPO is Minnesota’s newest MPO, established in 2012 as a result of the area reaching a population of greater than 50,000 in the 2010 U.S. Census.
Regional development organizations
There are nine regional development commissions established by Minnesota statute in 1969 to provide technical assistance to local units of government in their region. They perform a variety of unique services based on the needs of their region and partner with numerous state and federal agencies. District 7 is served by the Southwest Regional Development Commission and the Region 9 Development Commission.
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD)
Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) is a multi-agency partnership led by the Minnesota Departments of Transportation, Public Safety and Health in cooperation with the FHWA, Minnesota county engineers, the Center for Transportation Studies and other traffic safety organizations. The South Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program began in 2008 and includes all the counties in District 7.
TZD provides an integrated approach to the application of education, engineering, enforcement and emergency medical and trauma services. The goal is to raise awareness of traffic safety issues and to develop tools that can be used to reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from traffic crashes in Minnesota.
District Planning Director