I donâ€™t have anything new to share this month but I do have several updates to pass along. The board did approve a final draft of our 2015 audit at the April meeting. As we had expected, we had no findings. Thank you again to all who work so hard to demonstrate good stewardship of grant funds. As I stated last month, we cannot effectively carry out the mission of this organization without being ever vigilant about how we use grant funds and how we record that use. Next I think I will update you on Agassiz Townhomes. Recall that Agassiz Townhomes is a 30 unit development proposed for Crookston. Since finding out we did not receive tax credits last fall we have been working with staff from Minnesota Housing on how to make our next submission the best it can be. Commissioner Tingerthal and her team have been great. I was able to visit with the commissioner and some staff on April 22nd and we will have a technical assistance meeting with our underwriter on May 11th. One of the ways that Tri-Valley and our partners (City of Crookston, Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority) are looking to boost the point total of our application is to increase the amount of local contributions. To do that, we have a grant application out to Otto Bremer Trust and the Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority board has pledged an amount that will match any grant funds we receive along with contributions from local employers. I have been out with our partners meeting with local employers in Crookston and I have to say the response has been incredible. Tri-Valley is also making progress in studying the feasibility of a food hub in Northwest Minnesota. We are working with existing groups in Bemidji and Thief River Falls to do our best to avoid the duplication of efforts. We are very fortunate to be working with Jim Gehrke, who has a passion for locally grown foods and has demonstrated success in getting a food hub going. If this is the first you have heard of Tri-Valley working on a food hub concept let me be clear, we are only working on studying feasibility at this point. As is always the case this time of year we are extremely busy. Summer programming is gearing up, state grants are being written, and large federal grants are being closed out along with a plethora of other activity. I ask all staff to please be extra mindful of this through the rest of the spring season. Patience and respect for the different roles we all play to carry out our mission is definitely needed at this time of year.
In This Issue:
In This Issue:
* CEO News and Notes * Minnesota Head Start Association Meeting * Barnesville Business Showcase * Bloggers Wanted * Upcoming May Events
* Norman County East Event * Senior Wellness Day Event * CEO Reading Event * We Care for Our Kids Event * Energy Assistance Deadline Extended
2016 Tri-Valley April Newsletter