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If you have comments or questions about the Transparency Tool, please contact us at maps@osa.state.mn.us.

Introduction

Minnesota has a vast amount of aging infrastructure. This infrastructure protects public health and provides vital services to residents throughout the State. Maintaining, rehabilitating and replacing this infrastructure over the next few decades will be challenging without proper planning. Many communities do not have a large enough population base to spread the costs across of these large capital projects.

The State Auditor and a team of collaborators worked to create a series of interactive maps that, for the first time, visualize data on Minnesota’s civil infrastructure.

With the release of Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool Version 2.0 in July, 2017, you can now generate comprehensive reports for cities or special districts; conduct side-by-side analysis of these entities, and use a variety of filters for statewide or regional analysis.

The Goal

The goal of creating these maps is to better inform the decision making process at all levels of government to improve the long term financial planning for our civil infrastructure needs.

The Partnership

The Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool project was supported by a grant from the University of Minnesota's Office of the Vice President for Research to a collaborative project team including the OSA, the LMC, MN2050, MDH, MPCA, and the MPFA. The grant supported the U of M’s U-Spatial program to create the online database and maps. The Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool Version 2.0 was supported by a grant from the Bush Foundation.

The project grew out of the University’s 2015 Smart Cities and Infrastructure Convergence Colloquium, one of a series of such events that explore new opportunities for collaborative research that engages public, private and nonprofit sector experts with U of M researchers to advance innovative solutions and build long-term partnerships.

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments about the State Auditor's Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool, please contact us at maps@osa.state.mn.us.

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