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Regional Planning Staff
ARDC's Regional Planning Division has an energetic staff from diverse backgrounds that is ready to help you.

Andy Hubley, Division Director
Andy Hubley, AICP is the Director of the Regional Planning Division of the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC), a regional development organization serving seven counties in Northeast Minnesota. Hubley has been with ARDC since 1997. He leads ARDCís efforts in rural and small urban land use and transportation planning and has experience with strategic planning, environmental review, Geographic Information Systems, economic development, and recreation planning. Hubley has a BA in Geography from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Phone: 218-529-7512 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 512.


Josh Bergstad, Principal Planner
Josh Bergstad,AICP is a Principal Planner for the Regional Planning Division. He specializes in economic development and community planning. Bergstad has completed several Comprehensive Plans, land use ordinance updates, and economic development strategies for communities. He also works with ARDCís Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy as part of the agencyís role as the federally designated planning organization for the Northeast Minnesota Economic Development District. Josh has worked for ARDC since 2004.

Phone: 218-529-7516 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 516.


Russell Habermann, Associate Planner
Russell Habermann is an Associate Planner for the Regional Planning Division. Russell works alongside members of the division in all stages of the planning process. He holds a BA in Urban and Regional Studies as well as a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Russell started at the ARDC in 2015.

Phone: 218-529-7552 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 552


Charlie Moore, Senior GIS Specialist
Charlie Moore is the Senior GIS Specialist for the Regional Planning Division. Charlie works alongside planners, providing assistance with map design and analysis for various plans throughout the Arrowhead Region. Charlie has a BA in GIS and Geography from the University of Minnesota Duluth and has been with ARDC since Spring 2014. He has great interest in the ever growing area of internet mapping and enjoys seeking out new innovative ways to present geographic data through ArcGIS Online.

Phone: 218-529-7553 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 553


Justin Otsea, Planner
Justin Otsea serves as the Executive Director for the North Shore Scenic Drive Council, staff for the North Shore Management Board, and has served as project manager on a multitude of other projects including: comprehensive planning in multiple communities, zoning ordinance revisions, Safe Routes to School Planning, and promoting alternative transportation. Justin has a BS degree in Urban & Regional Studies and Communication Studies as well as a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from Minnesota State University-Mankato. Justin joined the Regional Planning Division as a Planner in 2013, after working as Planner in South Dakota for over two years with a focus on community improvement projects.

Phone: 218-529-7529 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 529.


Michelle Pierson, Planning Assistant
Michelle Pierson is a Planning Assistant in the ARDC Regional Planning Division. Michelle assists planners with meeting organization, file management, document development and design, research, grant management, and required reporting. She is an accomplished photographer, works on website updating, and assists the Division and partners with social media management.

Michelle also serves as Executive Director to the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association. Learn more about the Association's effort to extend Minnesota's Department of Natural Resource's Gitchi-Gami State Trail at:

Phone: 218-529-7535 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 535.


Jarrett Valdez, Associate Planner
Jarrett Valdez joined the division in 2014 as an Associate Planner. Jarrett will work closely with members of the division as projects go through the planning stages. Jarrett has a BA from the University of Minnesota Duluth and was previously an intern with ARDC Metropolitan Interstate Council.

Phone: 218-529-7513 (direct)
Toll-free: 1-800-232-0707 ext. 513.


ARDC's Regional Planning Division often employs interns from local universities to assist planners and to provide a work place experience to qualified students. Internships with ARDC are educational and rewarding.

If you are a student at a Duluth area college and want to gain experience in planning and/or GIS, please contact Andy Hubley.


Regional Planning Division Programs
NE MN Area Transportation Partnership (ATP)
North Shore Management Board (NSMB)
Northern Aero Alliance
Healthy Northland

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