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City of Arlington seeking applicants for Community Development internship

Community Development Intern

Salary Hourly – $12.00

Opening Date – January 6, 2020 Closing Date– January 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm

Job Posting: General Duties
The City of Arlington is a growing community located on MN Hwy 5 just 45 miles southwest of the Twin Cities. This internship opportunity would provide an individual seeking a career within the field of economic development, planning and zoning, or city administration great experience to boost their resume.
The successful candidate will provide hands-on assistance to the Community Development Director and will assist in preparing agendas and minutes for economic development and planning & zoning, will provide research for both economic development and planning & zoning, assist with various grant applications, DEED applications, update the City’s social media and website. The position will also be responsible for assisting with the Community Center, showing the facility, aiding those interested in renting the facility, updating the events calendar, marketing the facility, billing, and any other tasks assigned by the Community Development Director. Successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively in writing and oral presentations.

This is position is for a total of 400 hours and can be part-time or full-time. There will be evening meetings with this position.

Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree in public administration, business administration, urban planning or related field is required. Candidate must have the ability to work at least 20 hours per week, valid driver’s license and good driving record, and ability to pass a background check.
Graduate student in public administration, business administration, or urban planning is preferred.

Apply:
Resume, cover letter, and City of Arlington application is required. For application please visit the City’s website: www.arlingtonmn.com. For questions please email Community Development Director Amy Newsom at anewsom@arlingtonmn.com or 507-720-8586.

We are accepting applications for the Arlington Ambulance

The City of Arlington is accepting applications for the Arlington Ambulance.
Paid training to get your EMT certification with 1 year commitment. Must be 18 years old.
Minimum hour requirement 48 hours/month, 12 of which has to be on the weekend (6pm on Friday to 6am Monday).
Minimum of 8 trainings/meetings a year, which occur the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. If you are interested please stop by the Arlington Community Center to pick up an application or click here for the  job application.

BizLink North wins 2019 Local Government Innovation Award

Check out the video featuring Arlington on YouTube.  

SMIF seeking applications for child care start-up and expansion projects

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation seeking applications for child care start-up and expansion projects
 
Owatonna, Minn., December 3, 2019 – Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development is currently accepting applications to support child care start-up and expansion projects. Child care centers and family child care programs in SMIF’s 20-county region are eligible to apply. Requests of up to $10,000 for child care centers and $2,000 for family child care programs will be considered.
 
“We are grateful to the State of Minnesota for providing funding to help increase the supply of quality child care in the region, and honored to support this program,” said Rae Jean Hansen, Vice President of Early Childhood at SMIF. “Increasing the number of child care slots in our region is a critical need for working families.”
 
Applicants are encouraged to consider submissions to support new or existing programs that demonstrate an increase in overall child care slots using the grant dollars. There will be a focus on programs that provide full-time, year-round child care for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children.
 
To provide additional support for development of grant applications, SMIF will be hosting two online information webinars to provide grant program overview and answer questions from interested parties:
 
 
Applications are due by January 27, 2020 at 4 p.m. via email to jenniferh@smifoundation.org or postal mail to:
 
Grants Coordinator
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation
PO Box 695
Owatonna, MN 55060
 
For the application and guidelines, visit smifoundation.org/childcaregrants. Contact Heidi Coulter, Early Childhood Project Manager, at heidic@smifoundation.org or 507-214-7015 with any questions.
 
Media contact:
Katie Godfrey
Communications Director
507-214-7022

2019-2020 City Council Goals

Arlington City Council 2019-2020 Goals

1. Business development and retention goals

a. Support the EDA in assisting businesses with succession planning
b. Keep Main Street Arlington vibrant and active in coordination with the Chamber
c. Negotiate purchase options for future industrial park

2. Increase housing options, attract new residents and maintain quality of properties

a. Support Choose Arlington
b. Support community events such as scheduling programming at the Gazebo

3. Long-range planning

a. Develop and follow a five year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
b. Make improvements to the City’s infrastructure as funds are available including
repairing sidewalks and updating the long range sidewalk plan.
c. Build an IT network and retain documents electronically.
d. Support the EDA in promoting more construction of senior and low income
housing.

2018 Arlington Housing Study

Please Click the links below for the 2018 City of Arlington Housing study. 

2018 Arlington Housing Study

Arlington Housing Study Appendix

 

Resident house watch information

Are you going away for the holidays or going on vacation this winter? Would you like the police to watch over your house when you are gone? Please fill out this form and return it to the Police Department at 108 4th Ave. NW. Take the stress out of your vacation.

Click here for the form. 

Utility Bill Pay Scam!

ATTENTION ALL ARLINGTON RESIDENTS!! 
The City of Arlington has been notified that someone is calling around to business owners and residents claiming to be from the City of Arlington Electric Company and requesting that they go to the Dollar General to purchase a pre-paid credit card to pay their delinquent electric bill and if they do not call them back and pay their services will be turned off today. THIS IS NOT FROM THE CITY OFFICE. Please if anyone has received one of these calls, direct them to our office (507) 964-2378 and DO NOT pay these people, this is a scam!!

Arlington Child Care Loan Program

The Arlington Child Care Loan Program provides an incentive to new child care providers to provide services in the City of Arlington.

The program provides a matching forgivable loan for actual expenses relating to the cost of opening a child care business in the City of Arlington, up to $1,000 per child care provider. Qualifying expenses must be approved by the Sibley County Child Care Licensor and the Arlington EDA Director. Approved requests will be funded on a first-come/first-served basis until all funds are expended. In addition, the opportunity exists that the Arlington Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan programs could be available to assist with the costs of opening a child care business.

ELIGIBILITY
1. Only new child care providers located within the City of Arlington are eligible for the loan program.

2. All items for which the child care provider is requesting funds must be approved by the Sibley County Licensor and the Arlington EDA Director.

3. Items purchased prior to EDA approval will typically not be eligible for funding unless the EDA finds significant underlying purposes for work beginning prior to project approval (i.e. inability of quorum for a meeting, and the like).

4. Funds may be requested for the following items (up to):
 Licensing fee ($100)
 Background study fee ($100)
 Pre Licensing training ($175/per person)
 Ongoing training ($250/per person)
 Fire Marshal visit, if needed ($50)
 Smoke Detectors ($10/each)
 Fire extinguishers ($35 )
 Outlet plugs ($4)
 Stationary baby gate ($60)
 First aid kits ($15)
 Utensils/plates/cups ($30)
 Pack n Play ($120)
 Pack n Play sheet ($10)
 Cots ($120)
 High chair/booster seat ($40)
 Fluid Cleanup kit ($15)
 Potty seat/chair ($20)
 Monitor ($40)
 Toys for each age group ($200)
 Craft supplies ($200)
 Strollers ($100)

5. Other uses may also be eligible if prior approval is obtained by the Sibley County Licensor and the Arlington Economic Development Authority.

PROJECT GUIDELINES
Program oversight and authority for loan approval is delegated to the City of Arlington Economic Development Authority. The Economic Development Authority shall review loan applications and may approve loan issuance after considering the following guidelines:

1. Completed applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

2. Preference will be given to projects which:
 Will create new child care slots and reduce the gap in the number of child care slots in the City of Arlington.
 Demonstrate a ratio of private investment to public investment greater than 2:1

3. The proposed expense receipts must be submitted within (6) months of loan approval. If the receipts are not submitted within six months, the Applicant may resubmit a child care loan application for reconsideration.

LOAN DISBURSEMENT
Following loan approval the Lessee shall execute a promissory note. Awarded loan funds will be dispersed to the child care provider upon submittal of receipts or invoices for supplies purchased.

REPAYMENT OF LOAN
The amount of the loan (without interest) will be due and payable to the Arlington EDA one (1) year following the distribution of loan funds. If, however, the child care business to which the loan was granted remains in business in one (1) year following the distribution of loan funds, the loan shall be forgiven by the Arlington EDA.

 

Click here for full loan details and loan application. 

2018 City Council Goals

2018 Arlington City Council Goals

Economic development

  1. Acquire access to the south Industrial Park
  2. Conduct a housing study to identify the type of housing needed within the City
  3. Take steps to improve business retention and attraction

Communications

  1. Work to resolve the limited radio reception throughout the City
  2. Research options for replacing existing City phone system
  3. Review Information Technology Services based on customer service and functionality.

Strategic management

  1. Conduct a strategic planning process with input from the public
  2. Update the existing Capital Improvement Plan (CIP)
  3. Develop a five year budget process

Organizational effectiveness

  1. Develop staff and management team
  2. Scan documents for retention in a management system and discard hard copy records.
  3. Streamline departments through updating job descriptions and cross-training