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Tourism In County Level Planning & Zoning

Purpose

Assess if and how tourism is addressed in county-level policy documents (e.g. comprehensive plans) to inform future planning efforts. Specifically, work with a graduate student to collect and analyze documents from approximately 15 counties with high tourism volume in Central RSDP region. A content analysis will identify if and how tourism and recreation is intentionally cited or “accommodated” in the language (e.g., key words or phrases).

Partners

  • University of Minnesota
  • Community Members
  • Visit Brainerd
  • Little Falls CVB
  • Explore Minnesota Tourism

Activities

  1. Collect and analyze examples of policy documents across multiple CRSDP counties/communities.
  2. Draft a publication / report.

Outcomes

  1. Educate community leaders and public employees about the importance of tourism and language in policy documents that supports tourism and recreation.
  2. Differentiate policy language that intentionally considers tourism sustainability.
  3. Community leaders and policy makers can modify policy document language to strengthen a community’s ability to seek grant funds or other tourism-related opportunities.
  4. Reduce potential tensions and foster stronger local relationships for tourism.

Funding

$15,000

Last updated 12-23-2015
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