What is the MIC?
The MIC, as a designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), provides guidance and leadership on transportation and land use planning issues in the Duluth-Superior metropolitan planning area. A key goal is to focus the area’s limited transportation funding on projects that yield the greatest benefit and integrate with the existing transportation system. To this end, the MIC conducts studies, develops plans, models the transportation system, and programs projects for federal funding in the metropolitan area.|
The MIC was created in 1975 under a joint agreement between the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) in Duluth, Minnesota and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission (NWRPC) in Spooner, Wisconsin.
|What We Do
|The MIC, is required by federal law to (1) produce a 20-year Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) to address projects, programs and policies for a twenty-year timeframe; (2) develop a Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for highway, transit, and non-motorized improvements (bike, pedestrian, historic etc.) which receive federal funding for a four-year timeframe; and (3) adopt a comprehensive Unified Planning Work Program that determines the MPO’s transportation planning activities and budget for a two-year period. |
In July 2004, the MIC’s name was changed from “Committee” to “Council” to better describe the MIC’s collaborative function and planning authority, while maintaining the familiar “MIC” acronym. In addition to the name change, MIC bylaws were modified in 2004 to emphasize infrastructure and land use planning initiatives, of which the Duluth Urbanized Area Growth Impact Study is an example.
|Who We Are
|MIC staff is comprised of professional planners, GIS, administrative and support personnel who conduct plans and studies pertaining to all modes of transportation in the Twin Ports area. The MIC Policy Board provides oversight of the MIC's planning endeavors and includes elected officials and citizen representatives from all jurisdictions within the MIC planning area. Two advisory committees, the Transportation Advisory Committee, or TAC, and the Harbor Technical Advisory Committee, or HTAC, meet regularly to provide technical and stakeholder input into the planning processes.|
|For More Information
|Contact MIC Director Ron Chicka by phone at (218) 529-7506 or send a message by email|
|Current MIC meeting materials|
Calendar of upcoming committee meetings
|View a list of MIC staff members, their current projects and contact information.|
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|We Need Your Input!
The MIC has prepared a Draft Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) for the Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Area for the next twenty five years.
You are invited to give input and learn about transportation trends, priorities and planned projects for Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor and area townships.
Public comments are being taken from September 1 through September 30, 2014 on the plan’s content and the proposed projects.
Three public meetings will be held, on:
Thursday, September 18th, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Superior Public Library
Thursday, September 25th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ARDC (Arrowhead Regional Development Commission) in Downtown Duluth.
Monday, September 29th,
from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Downtown Duluth Transit Center.
Questions and comments can also be directed to MIC Planner James Gittemeier by phone at (218) 529-7556 or by e-mail.
|Current Planning Initiatives
4th Street Construction Project
Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan
Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study
Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study
|Recent Plans and Studies