Worthington Corridor Study Wins Community Engagement Award

CDG Principal, Antonio Rosell discusses the study with citizens at a pop-up event
CDG Principal, Antonio Rosell discusses the study with citizens at a pop-up event

The Minnesota Chapter of the American Planning Association recognized the US 59 Worthington Corridor Study with an Excellence in Community Engagement award. Recognized were Minnesota Department of Transportation, the City of Worthington, Nobles County, and a project team that included CDG. The project is developing a long-term vision for the reconstruction of US 59, which is a primary route through the commercial district of Worthington, MN.

CDG is proud to be contributing to the corridor vision and purpose, focusing on improving pedestrian and bicycle orientation for the corridor, and planning and implementation of public engagement activities, including written and spoken Spanish translation. The project is currently in progress with an anticipated completion in 2018. We are excited to work with residents and stakeholders to create a set of guidelines that will serve as a blueprint for future development along US 59.

Engagement methods such as pop-up events, “table-talks”, social media engagement, print media and radio ads have been used to reach out to specific cross sections of the community including environmental justice population, ethnic groups, seniors, youth, people with disability, and community members who are predisposed to online engagement. Through these engagement methods, the project management team have received almost 1,200 responses to their two online surveys and have engaged with over 200 people through in-person engagement activities. Congratulations to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, City of Worthington, Nobles County, and the team!