ReConnect Rondo issues statement regarding 2024 Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant

For Immediate Release

March 15, 2024

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Tim Hunt

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ReConnect Rondo’s statement regarding the 2024 Reconnecting Communities and Neighborhoods Grant Program Awardees

Saint Paul, Minn—In 2023, ReConnect Rondo was 1 of 4 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an inaugural grant award from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (IIJA) Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program. While we are disappointed not to have received a grant award this year, we celebrate the awarded communities doing transformative restorative work to plan and rebuild their communities devastated by the federal highway system.

The story of Rondo is the story of hundreds of communities across the country, and we are excited to continue supporting the work of those we have been engaged with through our recently launched Community of Practice Collective – supported by AASHTO Center for Environmental Excellence in partnership with COMTO.

Our mission to reignite a vibrant African American Cultural Enterprise District with a community land bridge is unwavering. Our intention is to complete the Restorative Neighborhood Area Plan and initiate the next phase of our work, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process this summer.

About ReConnect Rondo

ReConnect Rondo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring equity and opportunity in Rondo by leading a united effort in pursuit of one common goal — a revitalized African-American cultural enterprise districted connected by a community land bridge. For more information, go to www.reconnectrondo.com

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ReConnect Rondo Technical Advisory Team:

  • David Juliff, Be Civil, Inc.
  • Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting Group
  • John Maczko, SRF Consulting Group
  • Kent Arhenholtz, Kaskaskia Engineering Group
  • Brenda Thomas, KLJ, Inc
  • Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk
  • Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk
  • Marcell Walker, Bolton & Menk
  • Veronica Burt, 600 Strategies, Inc.
  • Björgvin Sævarsson, YORTH Group
  • Katie Eggers, YORTH Group
  • Jim Erkel, Retired Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
  • Brian Isaacson, Ramsey County
  • Diem Van Groth, Strategic Consultant