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UMore Park: University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education Park

UMore Park: The Vision

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The University of Minnesota Outreach, Research and Education (UMore) Park is the University's 5,000-acre property located 25 miles southeast of the Twin Cities in Dakota County. The vision to build a unique, sustainable, University-founded community of 20,000 to 30,000 people, a 25- to 30-year endeavor, was affirmed by the University's Board of Regents in December 2006.

The plan for this new, sustainable community integrates environmental, socio-cultural and economic opportunities with a specific focus on innovations in renewable energy, education and lifelong learning, health and wellness, the natural environment and regional economic development.

Planning and development for UMore Park is founded upon the University's academic mission—research, education and public engagement—making UMore Park a distinctive planned community in the nation. Work based on the concept master plan for UMore Park is underway.

Read the latest UMore Park Update.

Planning and Development

Alternative Urban Areawide Review
The Rosemount City Council approved the final UMore Park Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) on October 15. The meeting followed a 10-day review and comment period with final reviews by the Rosemount Planning Commission and the Empire Township Planning Commission. Information on the AUAR and milestones can be found here

The City of Rosemount presented the AUAR at the Minnesota American Planning Association (APA) Upper Midwest Planners Conference on September 19 in Rochester, Minnesota.

The AUAR process and next steps for development at UMore Park were presented at the Minnesota APA Lunch Event on November 13.

Sustainability Planning
The Aspirational Goals and Action Plan for Sustainability along with a summary companion was completed by the UMore Development LLC in March 2012.

The Integration Plan completed by Joachim Eble Architektur in March 2012 connects the vision of the property with the aspirational goals for sustainability.

Remedial Investigation
Following a 12 month Remedial Investigation completed by Barr Engineering on the eastern 3,500 acres of the property, the final Remedial Investigation Report is now available.

To view documents relating to the Remedial Investigation at UMore Park visit the Online Information Repository.

Research, Education and Public Engagement

Public Engagement
A scholarship reception was held at the University of Minnesota on October 30 to recognize Dakota Aggregates for the establishment of the Dakota Aggregates Scholarship within the College of Science and Engineering. The scholarship objective is to support students who are pursuing geology and civil engineering, and help them identify career pathways in the aggregate and related industries. 

The City of Rosemount held a celebration for the opening of two new ball fields at UMore Park on September 3. Read more about the event here.

Research and Education
More than 100 students participated in UMore Park related classes, capstones and projects during the 2012-2013 academic year. View select projects at on the Student Project page.

Academic Initiatives
The latest UMore Park Progress Report chronicles the academic foundations of UMore Park and the partnerships, events and reports that have enhanced our work.

The UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board, founded in 2008, continues to support the integration of the University's academic mission into planning and development efforts. Learn more.