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City council seeking applications for open HRA and EDA seat

Post Date:12/04/2018 4:56 PM

For more than 40 years, the Richfield Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) has worked to assure the long-term vitality of the city’s residential and commercial properties.

In addition, in 2017, the Economic Development Authority (EDA) was established by the city council to promote and provide incentives for economic development in the city. These two entities share a common interest in strengthening the community, in addition to sharing a board of commissioners.

Due to the election of Mary Supple to the position of at-large city council member, a seat will open on the HRA and EDA.  

The application period runs from December 5 through December 19.

After reviewing the applications, the city council will meet with all applicants. Following these conversations, the mayor will recommend an applicant for appointment to the HRA and EDA. The appointment will be considered at the city council’s January 8 meeting. 

The HRA consists of five city council appointed commissioners who are Richfield residents. The EDA consists of the five commissioners appointed to the HRA. The appointed group is a combination of three citizens and two councilmembers. The mayor appoints and the city council approves each commissioner to a five-year term. Terms of councilmember commissioners coincide with their term of office as a councilmember.

“The HRA and EDA directly contributes to the growth and prosperity of our community by advancing housing, economic and development opportunities,” explained Mayor-elect Maria Regan Gonzalez. “The HRA and EDA are key in building a thriving city and future.”  

The authorities are public corporations with the role and responsibility to undertake certain types of housing, economic, commercial and industrial development, as well as redevelopment activities within the city, using federal, state and local funds to create and administer programs that encourage investment in Richfield.

The HRA and EDA confer with other public and private groups on matters relating to housing, business and commercial/industrial development and periodically survey the city's industrial and commercial climate and city's housing requirements.

“Housing in Richfield is the one thing that all our residents have in common, economic development is the connection between our residents and businesses in the community and Richfield’s redevelopment projects will help define Richfield’s future,” said Community Development Director John Stark. “Joining the HRA and EDA allows residents to be a part of decision-making on aspects of the community that affects every Richfield resident.”

The Community Development Department Director, John Stark, serves as executive director of the HRA and EDA and Community Development staff manages the HRA and EDA’s programs.

Community members interested in being considered for an appointment to the HRA/EDA should submit a completed application to the city manager’s office. Applications are available online at http://www.richfieldmn.gov/city-government/hra/apply-to-the-hra/ or by calling 612-861-9701, starting December 5. 

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