SPROUT, Region Five selected for WealthWorks Economic Development Program
SPROUT and the Region Five Development Council (R5DC), based in Brainerd, were selected by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation to participate in the 2014 WealthWorks Training through NADO’s Rural Wealth Creation initiative, supported by the Ford Foundation.
They were one of only five teams nationally to receive a scholarship to participate in the WealthWorks training program, which focuses on practical application of new skills and perspectives on economic vitality that will lead to increased opportunities for people in rural areas, NADO President Peter Gregory, executive director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, Vt., said in a news release.
The national development organization reported SPROUT is the region’s local food hub whose mission is to promote the health, economy and self-reliance of central Minnesota by facilitating the availability of fresh, locally produced food in the region.
Arlene Jones and SPROUT team have built a consortium of more than 40 growers and distribute locally grown commodities to five school districts, Central Lakes College, hospitals and many local restaurants. So SPROUT works closely with R5DC and this training, along with Jones’ BUSH Fellowship to add value to building community based food systems.
The R5DC provides professional planning and development services to five rural counties of central Minnesota through collaboration, assistance and coordination with local units of government, organizations and citizens.
For more information, contact Region Five Development Commission at 218-894-3233.