Nisswa recognized for community’s effective use of Legacy funding
Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts recently recognized the city of Nisswa and its residents for taking advantage of Legacy funds to make the city a better place.
At the Oct. 16 city council meeting, the organizations presented the city with a plaque to highlight its work on enthusiastic embrace of the goals of Legacy funds.
In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.
Since its inception, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program.
This year, nine cities will be recognized for their roles in utilizing Legacy funding to make their communities better for residents and visitors alike. This year’s legacy destinations are: Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Maple Grove, Nisswa, Plymouth, Rushford, Stillwater and Two Harbors.
“Each year we single out a handful of communities who seem to be embracing the true spirit of the Legacy Amendment,” said Paul Austin, executive director of Conservation Minnesota, in a news release. “And by looking at the cross-section of arts and outdoors projects that have been helped by the amendment in the previous year, it is clear that this year, Nisswa deserved recognition.”
Like Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota receives no funding from the Legacy Amendment.
“When we looked at which cities around the state were doing great work in utilizing the Legacy Amendment, Nisswa stood out,” said Sheila Smith, executive director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. “Be it Nisswa Elementary School’s theater residency with the Prairie Fire Theater, or acquiring land to expand public access to Lake Nisswa, the city is really benefitting from the passage of this amendment.”