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: http://www.resilientregion.org/plan/.
- Region Five Development Commission
- Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation
- Clean Energy Resource Teams
- Central Minnesota Housing Partnership
- Envision Minnesota (formerly 1000 Friends of Minnesota)
- EnSearch, Inc
- University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
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.
- Natural resources and development patterns
- Education and workforce development
- Economic engines
- Health care
- Changing populations
- Government efficiency and effectiveness
- Affordable housing
$12 million leveraged to support plan recommendations