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Cold Weather Resource Center

Also known as:
Cold Weather Research Center
Active dates:1990-2001
Governor Rudy Perpich
Function: To foster economic development by promoting, attracting, and coordinating cold weather research, testing, and related activities throughout the state. The center must provide coordination and services to institutions and companies that conduct cold weather testing and research.
History: 1988 Minn. Laws Chap. 686 Art. 1 Sec. 18 contains a $15,000 appropriation for a Cold Weather Testing Task Force. 1988 Minn. Laws Chap. 686 Art. 1 Sec. 37 Subd. 6 contains a $2,000,000 approriation for the Minnesota cold weather climate building research center for research and technology transfer projects that promote energy savings in buildings.

On November 16, 1988, the Governor's Commission on Cold Weather Research proposed the establishment of a cold weather resource center in "the nation's icebox," International Falls. Governor Rudy Perpich who appointed the commission and directed it to begin its study last May, said he will ask the Legislature to set aside funds to support the resource center.

In December, 1989, the U.S. Department of Energy approved Minnesota's request to use $700,000 from the Stripper Well Settlement Agreement to create the Center (see Agency notebook for more details).

The Minnesota Cold Weather Resource Center is managed by its President/CEO under the direction of a sixteen member Board of Directors representing industry, public organizations, educational institutions and the private sector from within and out of the state. The Center operates with a staff of three people and th eoffices are located in International Falls, MN. (from the MN Cold Weather Resource Center 1992 Annual Report).

Newspaper articles say that the Cold Weather Resource Center closed after the Legislature failed to fund it in 2001.
Agency heads: Director: Paul Nevanen (-2001)
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1988-2001.
Record last updated: 11/02/2011

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