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Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich receives Coalition Catalyst Award

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November 30, 2023


Dan McNiel


Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich is recognized with a Coalition Catalyst Award by the Highway 169 Corridor Coalition

Shakopee, Minn – The Highway 169 Corridor Coalition hosted its annual Fall Membership meeting on November 14, 2023, at Intereum Inc in Plymouth, MN. The Coalition membership includes counties, cities, townships, businesses, and individuals from Mankato to I-694 working together to improve safety, reduce congestion and support economic development along the Highway 169 interregional corridor.

At the annual Fall Meeting, Coalition officers presented Commissioner Jon Ulrich with a Coalition Catalyst Award, in recognition of his years of service and dedication to improving safety and mobility on the Highway 169 corridor. Coalition Catalyst Award recipients are nominated by Coalition leadership to recognize individuals who have provided years of service to the Highway 169 Corridor Coalition as well as those who have helped champion safety and mobility improvements to the Highway 169 corridor stretching from Blue Earth County to Hennepin County.

“I’m honored and humbled by this award,” said Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich.  “But I’m just one of so many other passionate advocates for thoughtful, sustainable development along the 169 Corridor.  It really does take a team of dedicated and talented individuals to make these efforts in reducing congestion, improving public safety, and spurring economic development along this crucial corridor come to fruition.”

Recent recipients of the Catalyst of the Corridor Award include:

  • Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich
  • Mayor of Shakopee Matt Lehman
  • Prior Lake Councilmember Kevin Burkart
  • Lisa Freese, Scott County Transportation Services Director

The Highway 169 corridor is a major freight and commuter route that plays a key role in moving goods produced in south-central and southwestern Minnesota to regional and international markets. The corridor provides connections to principal highways, rail lines, and the Ports of Savage which is one of the largest intermodal inland waterway grain facilities in the upper Midwest. The mission of the Highway 169 Corridor Coalition is to work together to enhance safety, reduce congestion and maximize economic development along the U.S. Highway 169 interregional corridor.

Learn more about the Highway 169 Corridor Coalition and get involved by visiting the Coalition website: or contact Dan McNiel, AICP with any questions or comments. 763-452-4746 |

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