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The Mid-Minnesota Development Commission (MMDC) has received enough local levy dollars to help southwestern Minnesota residents find and access transportation services so they can fully-participate in community life.

To date, work has included provider coordination and consensus-building, transportation gaps identification and analysis, and the development of a Transportation Resource Guide for Kandiyohi, McLeod, Meeker, and Renville Counties. More recently, the MMDC’s Transportation Resource Coordinator, Heather King, has provided transportation providers with COVID-19-related technical assistance, including helping some procure personal protective equipment.

Phase 3 work will focus largely on public education. King will meet with individuals and groups to inform them of their transportation options and provide tips for ride success. She’ll also work to recruit volunteer drivers, who are in short supply throughout the region.