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February Newsletter


Strategic Plan are the key words of this brief update. Tri-Valley’s Board of Directors has approved our 2019-2020 plan as we took the first steps to start gathering information for our next two-year plan. In the interest of more broadly sharing the strategic priorities of the board, information (in no particular order of importance) from the approved plan is provided below: Priority 1 – Improve/promote/advance the objective of increasing the availability of quality childcare slots in the areas we serve Priority 2 – Improve/promote/advance the objective of keeping seniors in their homes and avoiding premature nursing home placement Priority 3 – Improve/promote/advance housing options in the service area Priority 4– Improve/promote/advance Community Partner Engagement in the service area Under each priority area are several strategies that we will employ over the next two years. I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Management Team for their work on this very important document. A special thanks to Mitch Bakken for updating the data we use to determine where TriValley’s strategic focus should be placed. As I said, just as one plan is approved, we start working on data collection for the next plan. In odd numbered years, that means we hold Community Forums in our county seats. We had as good or better attendance than usual at all of the sites and good discussion was consistent. We appreciate all forum participants who took the time to share their thoughts with us. As I write this, we are finishing our 2018 agency audit. Expect an update next month.

In This Issue:

In This Issue:

* CEO News and Notes * Lee Speaks at Capitol on Farm to School Bill * Tri-Valley Holds Community Forums * Become a Volunteer with Senior Programs * Agassiz Townhomes Now Ready to Rent

* Tri-Valley is Hiring * Upcoming Events * Carlson Updates Council on Agassiz Townhomes * Individualized Education Programs (IEP) Training * Tri-Valley Board of Directors

Tri-Valley Holds Three Community Forums in February

Jami is in the front row, second from the right.

Jami Lee (Nutrition Services Manager) speaks at a press conference for the farm to school bill at the capitol. WHAT IS “FARM TO HEAD START?” “Farm to Head Start” is a type of Farm to Early Care initiative. Farm to Early Care initiatives connect young children with healthy, locally grown foods and support farmers in their communities. Farm to Early Care’s three core components are serving locally grown foods in Early Care meals and snacks, offering food and farming-related educational activities for children and organizing food and farming-related family engagement activities. Tri-Valley Opportunity Council operates a unique Head Start program, serving the children of migrant farm workers who travel to Minnesota during the growing season. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy recognized the opportunity to create a meaningful connection for children between their families’ deep ties to farming and the foods in their meals through Farm to Head Start activities. Relatively new to her position as Tri-Valley’s Nutrition Services Manager, Jami was eager to find new ways to help children develop positive eating habits. She also recognized the potential for Farm to Head Start to help meet that goal, and was enthusiastic about the idea of supporting farmers while teaching children where their food comes from. Both IATP and Tri-Valley saw Farm to Head Start as a chance to highlight the crucial work migrant families do to feed the community. More information at: https://www.iatp.org/blog/201901/iatp-and-tri-valley

Tri-Valley held three community forums in the month of February. Two of the forums were held on Wednesday, February 20. The Polk County community forum was held in Crookston at the Crookston Family Service Center (1407 Erskine St.). The Marshall County community forum on February 20 was held in Warren at the Marshall County Courthouse. On Thursday, February 21, the Norman County community forum was held in Ada at the Norman County Courthouse Annex. The community forums focus on the needs of the service area, community needs, community strengths, and existing and potential services offered by Tri-Valley. This year’s turnouts were up from previous years. Thank you to everyone who could attend the forums and who shared what they see as the major issues in our communities.

Tri-Valley Agassiz Townhomes - Carlson says things off to a good start, but there have been glitches

Agassiz Townhomes are Ready to Rent Agassiz Townhomes have units ready to rent! If you or somebody you know is looking to relocate to Crookston, be sure to check them out! Two and three bedroom units available. Call 218-547-3307 for more details or check us out online at www.dwjonesmanagement.com/crookston.

By Mike Christopherson (Crookston Times) The CEO of Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., which owns/operates the recently opened Agassiz Townhomes on Crookston’s north end, says that, overall, things have been going pretty well in the 30-unit development’s first couple months of operation. But, Jason Carlson adds, there have been some bumps in the road. Updating the Crookston City Council, Carlson said the biggest unanticipated glitch has involved the energy-efficient HVAC/ air-handling systems installed in the units and the systems’ inconsistent ability to handle some of the extreme cold that has accompanied this winter. “It’s been a rough winter on our energy efficiency,” Carlson said, referring specifically to “concentric venting” installed in the units that all of the experts and research indicated beforehand would be up to the task. “All the specs said it should work, but it hasn’t,” he added. During the recent stretch of extreme cold, some Agassiz Townhomes units suffered numerous heat outages, Carlson said. He credited everyone from the architects to manufacturers to HVAC sub-contractors who installed the units for putting in the necessary time to come up with fixes that got the heat back on and, to date, appear to be keeping it on in the units. “This past weekend was cold and windy, and the two units affected the most before are showing promising early results,” Carlson explained. “We’re fine for this fix; I hope we have that solved.” Other items of note in Carlson’s update on Agassiz Townhomes include:

Are you seeking a career with purpose? Tri-Valley is a rapidly growing organization and is always looking for qualified employees; we seek highly motivated, talented candidates to join our staff. Tri-Valley offers a supportive work-environment and a competitive benefits package to our employees. Apply today at Tri-Valley! https://careers.tvoc.org/

Upcoming Calendar Items: * March 4 - HS/EHS Policy Council meeting * March 7 - Individualized Education Programs training - Tri-Valley Transit Building * March 12 - Board of Directors Meeting

‒ Of the 30 units, 24 have been leased and/or spoken for to date. While noting that full “lease-up” has gone a bit slower than hoped, Carlson stressed that the desire to fill the units with as many families as possible led to a more deliberate approach. As a result, he noted, the average household size in the units leased to date is 2.95 people. With the six remaining units all being of the three-bedroom variety, Carlson said he expects the average household size to increase. ‒ Carlson said the five buildings themselves look beautiful, but he added that when warmer weather arrives, the second lift of asphalt in the parking areas will be added, as will grass and other landscaping. There will be a playground area for the children living in the townhomes, and Carlson said there’s talk of adding raised garden beds in the courtyard area. ‒ It took around four years and a lot of twists and turns in the planning and process needed to be successfully navigated in order to make Agassiz Townhomes a reality. Carlson said that without the City of Crookston, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority (CHEDA), the local business community and other partners working together, Agassiz Townhomes would have never happened. The wide-ranging partnership led Minnesota Housing to highlight the Crookston project statewide, Carlson said, and spurred a visit and tour by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Profile for Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.

Tri-Valley February Newsletter  

Tri-Valley February Newsletter

Tri-Valley February Newsletter  

Tri-Valley February Newsletter