STAPLES — 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.
In partnership with residents and business owners in our 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.
A community-driven partnership leveraged $1.8 million dollars, with an $800,000 Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Environmental Protection AgencySustainable 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 highly involved civic engagement, Region Five reported. The process used the plan itself and the implementation projects that are continuing can be found on the Resilient Region website, www.resilientregion.org.
NADO is a Washington, D.C.-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery and comprehensive strategies.
The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners were showcased during NADO’s 2013 annual training conference, Aug. 24-27 in San Francisco.
“For nearly 30 years, NADO’s Innovation Award has provided regional development organizations the opportunity to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country. Building on the unique strengths and challenges of each region and community, award recipients continue to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come. And I am pleased to announce that this year over 100 regional development organizations were selected to receive NADO’s 2013 Innovation Award,” said NADO President John Leonard, Executive Director of the Southern Georgia Regional Commission in Valdosta, Ga.
For more information about the award-winning project, contact the Region Five Development Commission at 218-894-3233.