Partnership for Regional Opportunity

Growing a prosperous, equitable and sustainable region

Launched in January 2011, the Corridors of Opportunity (CoO) initiative brought together leaders from state, regional and local government, philanthropy, non-profit, and business to focus on a common goal:  accelerating the build out of the region’s transit system while promoting adjacent development that advances economic vitality and benefits people of all incomes and backgrounds.

CoO was funded by a $5 million HUD Sustainable Communities grant, and $2.7 million in grants and $13 million in loans from the Living Cities Integration Initiative. Funding from those national programs ended in early 2014.

CoO distributed those federal funds to support local projects: from corridor-wide planning and development strategies and new methods of community engagement, to direct financing of development projects and small business loans. Partners shared their expertise, financial resources, and the “powers” of their roles to advance CoO goals.  For example, philanthropy convened multiple high-level players; government changed funding criteria and implement policy decisions; and non-profits delivered direct services and played an intermediary role between communities and government. 

Co-chaired by Metropolitan Council Chair Sue Haigh and Lee Sheehy of the McKnight Foundation, the CoO Policy Board unanimously agreed to continue its efforts into 2014 in order to focus on opportunities to implement new practices and embed system change within organizations.

From CoO to PRO: Ongoing effort, new name

Chair Haigh and Lee Sheehy are continuing to co-chair this work together with a new name - “Partnership for Regional Opportunity” (PRO) - and region-wide vision to grow a prosperous, equitable and sustainable region.  Like CoO, PRO is working to enhance the region’s competitiveness by bringing together many of the same leaders along with several new partners to

  • Improve the economic prospects of low-income people and low-wealth communities

  • Promote high quality development near existing assets (e.g. employment centers, transitways, and commercial and industrial corridors)

  • Advance a 21st century transportation system.

 PRO members are committed to

  • Align resources, programs, and policies for implementation

  • Create integrated solutions with cross-sector participation

  • Use partnership meetings to advance accountability for goals and transparency



Upcoming Events
  • Industrial Pretreatment Incentive Program public hearing is November 18

    Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) will conduct a public hearing to provide information and receive public comment on a proposed program that will provide a partnership and incentive to help high-strength wastewater producers develop pretreatment facilities (e.g. anaerobic digestion) on their industrial sites.

    Date: 11/18/2014
    Time: 2:00 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council Chambers
    390 North Robert Street, Saint Paul, MN

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  • Partnership for Regional Opportunity Meeting is November 19

    The Partnership for Regional Opportunity is a region-wide cross-sector collaboration that is a year-long continuation of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.  The Partnership will meet 6 times in 2014.  The sixth meeting is Wednesday, November 19.  Meeting details can be found at the Partnership for Regional Opportunity website.

    Date: 11/19/2014
    Time: 12:30 PM
    Location: Metropolitan Council
    390 North Robert Street
    Saint Paul, MN 55101

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