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MnDOT Commissioner in Willmar, Minn., Friday to discusses transportation

WILLMAR - The future of transportation in Minnesota will be discussed at a Friday morning meeting in Willmar with MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel and Sen. Joe Gimse, who is chairman of the Senate transportation committee.

The meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the Willmar Airport.

Topics include MnDOT's new approach to collaborative planning and the newly created Corridor Investment Management Strategy program.

Corridor collaboratives are "coalitions of public and private interests that work together to find alternative funding solutions to projects located throughout the state," said Gimse, R-Willmar.

Successful collaborative corridors that have leveraged the public and private partnership model around the state include the state Highway 23 Coalition, the Highway 14 Partnership, the Highway 52 Corridor Coalition and the I-35W Transportation Alliance.