walkingtshirtMMCDC will return to Thief River Falls on Thursday, July 14, to conduct a neighborhood survey. The survey is part of a national neighborhood survey being undertaken by a group of nonprofit community economic development and housing organizations.

“Midwest Minnesota Community Development Corporation has partnered for years with local businesses, government officials and community members to create workforce housing solutions, expand businesses and improve community facilities in Thief River Falls,” said Ron Lindberg, chairman of the board of directors of MMCDC and a longtime resident of Thief River Falls. “By conducting a neighborhood survey in 2013 and now again in 2016, we are attempting to measure community impact over time in the southern areas of the city, where we have been most active.”

A survey crew of adults and youth will be wearing identifiable t-shirts and asking residents to give a few moments of their time to answer questions.

“We are not asking people to buy any products or donate money—this is strictly an informational survey and is a shortened version of the one taken in 2013,” said Kevin Shipley, president of MMCDC. “We appreciate the cooperation of the City of Thief River Falls, neighborhood residents, and the Northwest Minnesota Housing Cooperative (NMHC).”

A separate visual survey will be undertaken by NMHC, which constructs affordable housing subdivisions in Thief River Falls. “NMHC works with MMCDC, local lenders, government programs and others to provide a simple path to homeownership,” NMHC Manager Jeff Fagerstrom said.

MMCDC is a member of survey leader NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit organization.