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Building a Resilient Region


The Resilient Region is a Community-Driven, University-Assisted, Partnership that leveraged a $1.8 Million Dollars ($800,000 HUD/DOT/EPA Sustainable Planning grant and a $800,000 in-kind local match) to develop a five-county strategic plan and an additional $12 Million to support implementation through highly involved civic engagement.

The planning process successfully engaged more than 600 residents in developing a multi-discipline, region-wide vision for the five county region of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties. The 18-month planning process earned the status of "high-achieving grantee" and led to the development of a comprehensive regional plan:



Today, over thirty individuals (from the public and private sectors), the "Resilient Region Champions," are now actively leading the implementation of the plans developed during this process. This implementation structure is based on a distributed leadership model, meant to be flexible and organic, able to expand and contract its level of activity as opportunities appear and are addressed.


Leveraged resources

$12 million leveraged to support plan recommendations

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