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The Southwest Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership is a citizen-driven Board of Directors working with citizens in the region to create and sustain healthy ecosystems, strong local economies and vibrant, self-reliant communities.

Its mission--launching education and research that help people understand and achieve sustainability in their region--supports projects that demonstrate public purpose and builds partnerships with citizens of the region and links these projects to local assets and University of Minnesota research and educational resources.

The region

The Southwest region generally includes though is not strictly limited to activities in the following counties:

  • Big Stone
  • Brown
  • Chippewa
  • Cottonwood
  • Douglas
  • Grant
  • Jackson
  • Kandiyohi
  • Lac qui Parle
  • Lincoln
  • Lyon
  • Martin
  • McLeod
  • Meeker
  • Murray
  • Nobles
  • Pipestone
  • Pope
  • Redwood
  • Sibley
  • Renville
  • Rock
  • Stevens
  • Swift
  • Traverse
  • Watonwan
  • Yellow Medicine

Historical note and invitation. The Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership has been serving rural Minnesota for more than a decade. From 1998 through 2011, the West Central Partnership operated as a 12 county region. The geographic region was expanded in 2012 and the program renamed the Southwest Partnership. New members of the Board of Directors were elected to represent the newly included counties.

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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.

Explore Storymap

View past project list

What's new

Resilient Rural Grocery Stores: Resources and Networking Event

This event was held on August 22 and focused on creating environments in which small-town grocery stores succeed. Attendees had the opportunity to connect with resources and learn from those on the front lines about best practices for building thriving rural grocery stores.

Upcoming events

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