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Our mission is to work with residents of Southeast Minnesota to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, strong local economies and vibrant, self-reliant communities. Learn a bit about our projects using the link to the storymap below.

The Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (SE RSDP) has been serving the region since 1997. The originating board of citizens named this partnership, "The Experiment in Rural Cooperation," to signify that the structure of our work--creating meaningful collaborations between community and University partners--and our projects to promote sustainable development are forward-thinking experiments.

The region

In terms of Minnesota ecological land classifications, SE RSDP/ERC encompasses most of the Mississippi River Blufflands, the Rochester Plateau, the Oak Savanna, and now takes in some of the Big Woods and Minnesota River Prairie, as we loosen our boundaries to be available to serve communities west of our traditional service area.

The Southeast region generally includes but is not strictly limited to the following counties: Blue Earth, Faribault, Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Fillmore, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona.

The mission

Our mission is to work with citizens in southeastern Minnesota to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, strong local economies and vibrant, self-reliant communities. We support projects that demonstrate public purpose and are committed to building partnerships that connect the citizens of southeastern Minnesota to local assets and the educational, research and outreach resources of the University of Minnesota.

We are committed to:

Explore our 2017 projects

Each year our five regional boards support community-driven projects related to our four focus areas. These projects foster innovation, deepen understanding, and build relationships that empower Greater Minnesota communities to advance their future sustainability.

Visit our storymap to explore projects by region and focus area.

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View past project list

What's new

Four fish swimming in a lake with water and growing plants and lake bottom

Lake Pepin video selected for eight film festivals!

Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance’s (LPLA) video "We Live in the Lake” has been selected for:

Created with the help of Communications Studies Professor Mark Pedelty and support from Southeast RSDP, the video raises awareness of the sedimentation of Lake Pepin and what can be done. Learn the story behind the video in a 2016 Happenings newsletter.

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