The Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities is asking state lawmakers to encourage more housing construction and renovation in areas outside the Twin Cities.  In Austin in south-central Minnesota — population about 25-thousand — City Administrator Craig Clark says:


Clark is asking legislators to change tax-increment financing laws to make it easier to redevelop blighted properties:

The coalition proposes new grants to help Greater Minnesota cities rehabilitate dilapidated homes, plus state funding for necessary infrastructure for new housing developments.