My internship with the City of Jordan has been a very memorable and rewarding experience. For the first time, I was able to take the concepts I have been learning in my classes and apply them to real life scenarios in a planning department setting. Some valuable takeaways include the importance of thorough record keeping, adequate research to support recommendations and decisions made, and how to communicate effectively with members of the public. During my internship I planned the Grand Opening for Grassmann Park and devoted a lot of time and energy into implementing and enforcing the Residential Rental Licensing and Inspection Ordinance. Both of these projects contributed to fostering economic development in the City of Jordan.
Grassmann Park showcased the first dual challenge course in the U.S. which led to increased publicity and recreational value for the city. The Residential Rental Licensing and Inspection Ordinance is critical to preserving historic downtown Jordan where many of the city’s rental properties are located, and ultimately supports goals of revitalizing the central business district. I gained a full understanding of the processes of local government, and how interconnected all aspects of a city can be. As planners, we strive to improve the communities that we work in and create positive impacts on the residents that live there. By implementing initiatives that bolster education, public health, recreational opportunities, and various development, we create unique and appealing spaces which simultaneously attract both residents and new businesses to our communities.
Statement from Lucinda Meyers, Senior Planner, City of Jordan
Thank you for your assistance with sponsoring Planning Intern Megan Pavek and helping to shape the
next generation of Minnesota’s economic developers. Pavek is a Minnesota State University-Mankato
undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Urban and Regional Studies. During her time
with us she has contributed to a variety of projects. Pavek has engaged in activities related to
community and economic development, city planning and administration. Below is a list of Pavek’s
responsibilities whilst interning at the City of Jordan.
– Address zoning inquiries from the public
– Provide information on land use application processes
– Coordinate and implement residential licensing and inspections ordinance
– Review and process building permits
– Assist with the digitizing of public records
– Create marketing materials in support of the #progressinjordan campaign
– Conduct general research
-Report data to state agencies
We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to receive financial support from MEDF, and look forwarding to
a continued relationship with your organization.