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Region Five receives 2013 Innovation Award

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The Region Five Development Commission, based in Staples, received a 2013 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the Creating a Resilient Region in Central Minnesota project.

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In partnership with residents and business owners in the five-county area, Region Five Development Commission developed a 25-year strategy known as The Resilient Region Plan, a sustainable regional vision for economic vitality, environmental stewardship and quality of life factors.

This is a community-driven, university-assisted partnership that leveraged a $1.8 million ($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 $5 million to support implementation through civic engagement. The process used, the plan itself and the implementation projects that are continuing can be found at www.resilientregion.org.

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