Strategic Plan

Mission: To provide redevelopment and affordable housing opportunities to strengthen our neighborhoods.

Five-Year Vision: Become the preeminent development organization:

  • In partnership with BLAEDC and EDA
  • As an integral part of community success
  • Through collaborative efforts with other community agencies
  • Doing development in the city of Brainerd
  • By remaining a high performer on Federal programs
  • By assisting more people than ever before

Goals and Action Steps

  1. Continue the redevelopment of commercial, rental and owner-occupied properties in the City of Brainerd.

    • Secure funding for rehab funds for NE Brainerd or other identified area.
    • Continue the implementation of the Brainerd Riverfront Committee.
    • Explore funding to acquire one to two more properties under the SSRP.
    • Create a rental rehab program.
    • Continue working with Brainerd Industrial Center and the NP Center.
  2. Continue providing high quality, safe and affordable housing for existing and potential residents and participants.
    • Assist the City with revising the Rental Housing Maintenance Code
    • Review, create and revise HRA policies where needed.
    • Continue to monitor and fully fund the Housing Choice Voucher program to maintain our utilization at 100%.
    • Conduct a physical needs assessment (PNA) on our public housing.
    • Maintain a high performer status in PHAS
  3. Communicate effectively with our partners and the public to enhance collaboration.
    • Partner/discuss with ISD 181 on addressing and supporting their needs.
    • Continue to identify and communicate with our partners on HRA projects.
    • Coordinate an informational tour with legislators with CWC HRA and Crosby HRA.
    • Annually review and monitor management agreements with CWC HRA, Crosby HRA, and the City of Brainerd.
  4. Revitalize Downtown Brainerd
    • Schedule a tour other downtowns.
    • Identify partners to create/initiate a downtown cleanup program (events, community policy, support businesses) for a safe and attractive downtown.
    • Continue to support Brainerd Restoration efforts.
    • Assist and financially support existing and new downtown businesses through rehab, acquisition and other programs.
    • Support the potential mini-park next to Blue Ox.
  5. Maintain and grow the overall health of the organization.
    • Update job descriptions and conduct a wage study.
    • Analyze the HRA’s current debt.
    • Monitor federal funds – other HRAs.
    • Conduct a policy review (commissioner led with staff).
    • Update the personnel policy.
    • Plan for succession and cross training.