Welcome to CURA's 50th Anniversary

In 2018 the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) celebrates its 50th year. We are taking this anniversary as an opportunity to thank all of our partners and supporters for their part in all that CURA has accomplished since 1968. We plan to celebrate the anniversary all year long! Look for short features on this website–a new one each month–highlighting some of the most memorable projects and people in CURA’s history. And look for events throughout the year to thank the community partners who have been so important to our work, the hundreds of students who have worked on community-based projects at CURA, and the many, many faculty members who have conducted CURA-funded research over the years. And though it is nice to look back on events and accomplishments, please know that all of us at CURA remain committed to connecting the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of our urban and regional community. We look forward to the next 50!

All the best,

Ed Signature


Ed Goetz
Director, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

P.S. If you were a student who worked at CURA, or if you are one of our community partners, we would love to hear from you about your experience. Send a note and let us know if we can share it at cura50@umn.edu or on the social media platform of your choice with #CURA50. Thanks again for supporting community-based research at the University of Minnesota.

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