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Southeast Regional Partnerships now inviting proposals for community projects

Greater Minnesota residents with an idea to strengthen their community can now apply for partnership support from the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP). RSDP supports local innovation by connecting community ideas to University of Minnesota resources.

Group of adults standing in a field with a beautiful sunset in the background.
Southeast RSDP board members toured Sharing Our Roots farm in Northfield. Photo credit: Andi Sutton.

Community members work on diverse project teams that research, design and plan local sustainability projects with University students, faculty and staff. RSDP seeks ideas from diverse populations and those who have not previously partnered with the University. Project ideas are invited now through February 14. Award decisions will be made by RSDP's five regional boards this spring.

“In this time of great change, we need ideas and expertise from Southeast Minnesota residents now more than ever that help to shape resilient communities where all people have the opportunity to thrive,” said Southeast RSDP Executive Director Andi Sutton. “I encourage people to get in touch with me to talk about their ideas for making our communities more sustainable places.” 

Examples of projects recently supported by the Southeast RSDP include development of design plans for the Austin Farmers Market, a feasibility study of a sustainable affordable housing development in Northfield, case studies of Southeast Minnesota farmers’ soil health practices, and partnership of Southeast Minnesota cities working together to develop new inclusive models for community engagement in city sustainability efforts.

The Southeast RSDP serves Blue Earth, Faribault, Dodge, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Fillmore, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca and Winona counties and the sovereign Native Nation of Prairie Island Indian Community. Learn more and share your idea

Community members are encouraged to contact Sutton at  sutto364@umn.edu or 857-928-4196 to discuss their ideas and ask questions. Successful projects are selected by the Southeast RSDP community-University governing board through a competitive process. 

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