Community Dividend

University launches new Twin Cities mapping tool

Published March 1, 2007  | March 2007 issue

The University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) recently launched a new mapping application designed to assist economic and community developers in the Twin Cities region.

Minnesota 3-D (M3D) is an Internet application that maps information on labor, housing and economic development. The application combines more than 90 datasets that are built on geographic information systems, or GIS, technology. According to the Winter 2006 edition of the CURA Reporter, M3D will be an especially helpful tool for planners and policymakers who need to understand the spatial relationship between housing and employment in the Twin Cities region.

M3D is a partnership among CURA, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Housing, the Minnesota Department of Revenue, the Metropolitan Council, Ramsey and Hennepin counties, and various neighborhood organizations and community development corporations in the Twin Cities. The project was funded through a $600,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

To access M3D, visit