Visit to Silver Bay, Minnesota on May 19–21, 2022

Minnesota Design Team (MDT) is visiting the town of Silver Bay, Minnesota, on May 20–21. 

Silver Bay is a classic example of a “company town,” built principally to house the workers of Reserve Mining Company, now Cleveland Cliffs. From these historical roots—the taconite mining industry of northern Minnesota—the city has evolved to be a significant community and potential destination on the North Shore. The community has asked AIA Minnesota, through its MDT program, to help them flesh out a vision for the future of Silver Bay. Several issues the City wants to explore include:

– Their eventual transition from a mining community to a recreational destination on the North Shore,
– Trails and park development connected to existing facilities to support becoming a regional recreation destination,
– Renovation and expansion of the downtown core,
– Developing a Gateway Corner Concept Plan to introduce visitors to the city,
– Housing stock expansion to meet the life-cycle needs of current and future residents,
– Concepts for redevelopment of the Mary Mac Elementary School site.

People interested in participating in this visit should contact visit co-leads Steve Roos or Candace Dow for more information

Team Member Volunteer Opportunities

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MDT teams volunteer to visit several communities each year. You may join a team of 12–20 volunteers for an intensive, charrette-style weekend of learning, sharing, and developing ideas for each community’s future—based on the MDT team’s vision. MDT volunteers, with previous visit experience, may participate as a Team Leader. Two to three team leaders act as co-leaders for each visit. Team leaders help communities prepare for the visit, assemble the volunteer design team for the visit, and facilitate the visit weekend process.

Download the Volunteer Guidebook to learn more.

Sign up as a MDT member to receive MDT informational notices and to be selected to participate on MDT Team Visits. Already signed up, but your information changed? Email your updated contact information to Ann Mayhew.

The Minnesota Design Team will use your information for our records only. We do not share your information with other organizations.

Volunteer/Team Member Reimbursement Form

Recently volunteered for a MDT Visit?  Download the team member reimbursement form to be reimbursed for your expenses. Note: this form will be updated before the Silver Bay visit. If you are participating in this visit, the updated form will be emailed to you by the team leads.

AIA members can self-report up to 10 hours of Learning Unit (LU) credits for each MDT visit. Please note that self-reported credits will not be approved for Health Safety Welfare (HSW) credit. Contact Deanna Christiansen for more information.

Monthly Meetings

MDT Committee meetings are open to all those interested in participating in MDT programs.  Come to discuss MDT happenings, learn about issues related to Minnesota communities, and find out more about the MDT process. Learn more about committee meetings

Special Events

MDT usually holds a winter retreat, summer picnic, and holiday party each year. The retreat is in January, the picnic is in June or July, and the holiday party is in December. Come socialize with other MDT participants and learn more about MDT. Learn more about events.

Community Application Review

Each year MDT receives applications from Minnesota communities interested in scheduling a visit to their community. Experienced MDT participants review each application, present their findings, and help facilitate a review discussion at a monthly MDT meeting. Learn more about applying for an MDT visit for your community.

Screening Visit

Once a community’s application has been reviewed and appears to be a candidate for a visit, several MDT participants will visit or conference call with members of the community to help them understand the official MDT visit process.

Leadership Team

The MDT Committee is guided by two co-chairs appointed by AIA Minnesota, each serving a two-year term, and has one AIA Minnesota staff liaison.