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MIC Staff
The professional planning staff at the Metropolitan Interstate Council conducts research, develops technical tools and analyses for the region, consults with area jurisdictions and advises the Policy Board on transportation issues in the Duluth-Superior area.

Ron Chicka, AICP
Ron is the Director of the Metropolitan Interstate Council. He began at ARDC and the MIC in 1995, becoming Program Manager in 1997 and MIC Division Director in 1998. Prior to ARDC employed with City of Janesville (WI) Planning Dept as the MPO Coordinator from 1990 to 1995. He has an undergraduate degree in Geography from University of Wisconsin–Madison and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from University of Kansas– emphasis areas of land use and transportation. He is a member of the American Planning Association and is certified by American Institute of Certified Planners. His responsibilities with the MIC include:
    Development of the MIC Work Program and budget
    Consultation with local, state and federal officials on transportation activities
    State and federal legislation review
    Reports to ARDC Board, NWRPC Board, MIC committee and project steering committees
    Overall MIC Program administrative functions and project oversight
Ron Chicka, AICP
(218) 529-7506 / Contact Ron by e-mail

Laurie Davis
Laurie is working part-time with us and maintaining all of our usual duties from committee coordination and staff assistance to document development.
She also works with her husband in a private business, Glenwood Signs and Awards, that happens to be nearby the ARDC offices making her work with the MIC an easy transition during the day.

Laurie Davis
Administrative Assistant
(218) 529-7541 / Contact Laurie by e-mail

James Gittemeier, AICP
James is a Senior Planner with the MIC. James has a B.A. in Urban Affairs from Saint Louis University and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Kansas. He manages the annually updated Transportation Improvement Program, leads the MIC’s bike planning efforts, and works on various corridor and transportation studies. James' current projects include:
James Gittemeier, AICP
Senior Planner
(218) 529-7556 / Contact James by e-mail

Robert Herling, AICP
Robert is a Senior Planner with the MIC who has served Duluth-Superior communities with transportation related planning efforts since 2006. He specializes in a variety of tasks for the MIC, which includes administering the Duluth area's Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) in addition to conducting various planning and safety-related analyses. He also represents the MIC as a member of “Driving 4 Safe Communities”, the Lake Superior Region Safe Communities Coalition, and served as a member of Community Action Duluth’s Transportation Action Team. When not in the office searching for the most appropriate multi-modal transportation solutions, he’s usually found on a ski trail or in a trout stream, or with his head in a book.

Some of Robert's major projects have included:

The Duluth Area Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
Long Range Transportation Plan 2035
East 2nd Street Corridor Study
Safety Planning and Traffic System Management (TSM)

Robert Herling, AICP
Senior Planner
(218) 529-7573 / Contact Robert by e-mail

Sheldon Johnson
Sheldon is the Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Interstate Council and the Northwest Regional Planning Commission. He has a B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in Geography and in Urban Studies and an M.A. from Mankato State University in Urban and Regional Studies. Sheldon has been with the MIC/NWRPC since 1994. He is member of the American Planning Association, on the Board of Directors of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin, and on the Wisconsin Local Roads and Streets Council. His responsibilities with the MIC include:
    Coordination and development of the Superior Urbanized Area TIP
    Consultation with Wisconsin officials (local, state, and federal) on transportation issues
Sheldon Johnson, Deputy Director
Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Council
Northwest Regional Planning Commission
1400 S River Street
Spooner, WI 54801
(715) 635-2197 / Contact Sheldon by e-mail

Andy McDonald, AICP
Andy is a Principal Planner with the MIC and has 15 years experience in transportation planning specializing in the areas of harbors, freight movements, rail, airports, growth management, infrastructure development, corridor planning, complete streets, pedestrian issues and land use/transportation relationships. He has a B.A. in Urban and Regional Studies and a Masters of Liberal Studies from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners. Andy's current projects include:

Central Entrance Corridor Study
Duluth Sidewalk Inventory
Erie Pier Management Plan Update
Freight Planning
Harbor/Port Planning

Andy McDonald
Principal Planner
(218) 529-7514 / Contact Andy by e-mail

Eric Miller
Eric Miller of Appleton, WI, began as the MIC’s GIS Specialist in early 2013. Eric received his BA in Urban Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a GIS Certificate from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA with a master’s degree in forestry remote sensing.

In his spare time you can find him traveling, hiking, bicycling, playing basketball, experiencing live music or sporting events. Currently he’s adapting to the brisk Duluth winter after four years sporting shorts and sandals behind California’s redwood curtain.

Eric Miller
GIS Specialist
(218) 529-7515 / Contact Eric by e-mail

Rondi Watson
Rondi has worked with MIC staff and the Board on various administrative and planning functions since 1999. As Planning Assistant she has primary responsibility for implementing the MIC's strategic communications plan and social media initiatives. She studied English and Public Health at the University of MN, which circuitously and fortuitously led to an eight-year stint at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Now an enthusiastic Duluthian, she gets to walk to work along scenic Skyline Parkway and credits the City's many cross-country ski trails, vibrant music scene, and family and friends as major sources of her well-being.

Rondi Watson
Planning Assistant
(218) 529-7511 / Contact Rondi by e-mail

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Update: Bong Bridge Roundabout (2015)

A new roundabout will be constructed as part of the 2014-2015 rehabilitation of the US2/Bong Bridge between Superior and Duluth:

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Current Planning Initiatives
Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study

Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan- 2015 Update

Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study

4th Street Construction Project

Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study

Bicycle Planning

Recent Plans and Studies
Connnections 2040: The Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportaton Plan

Grand Ave/State Hwy 23 Corridor Study

Superior South End Traffic Study

Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Study for the Duluth Area

Duluth-Superior Cruise Ship Terminal Study

DLH Air Service/Air Cargo Leakage & Expansion Analysis

Duluth Sidewalk Study

Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map

Central Entrance Corridor Study

Lincoln Park Pedestrian Plan

Transportation Systems Management (TSM)

N Minnesota/NW Wisconsin Freight Plan

UMD-CSS Transportation Study

East 2nd Street Corridor Study (Superior)

DTA Route Analysis for the City of Superior

Downtown Modal Connections Study

Proctor Comprehensive Plan Update 2008

Endion Land Use and Transportation Study

Safe Routes To School Funding Applications

Northwest Superior Traffic Circulation Plan

Proctor Master Trail Plan

Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector

Erie Pier Management Plan

Duluth Heights Traffic Circulation Plan

MnDOT Functional Classification Update

Public Involvement Plan

Rice Lake Road Corridor & Traffic Impact Study

Duluth and Superior Safe Routes to School Plans

Duluth Urban Area Growth Impact Study

Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan