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Construction awareness assistance (new law)

Published (5/16/2008)
By Mike Cook
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Small businesses impacted by transportation construction projects should more easily get information about what is happening outside their front door.

A new law, signed May 15 by the governor, requires the Transportation Department to develop a standard operating plan for getting out such information. The report is due to the Legislature by Feb. 15, 2009.

The report is to be developed in consultation with the Department of Employment and Economic Development, Metropolitan Council, counties, cities and community organizations. It is to address the best ways to get information to small businesses; what should be included in an information packet, such as potential changes in parking, traffic and public access in the area; contact information for progress and timing questions; and a listing of area business development organizations that can assist with financing, marketing and technical counseling during the construction period.

Sponsored by Rep. Shelley Madore (DFL-Apple Valley) and Sen. Patricia Torres Ray (DFL-Mpls), the law is effective Aug. 1, 2008.


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