Six MN Communities Selected to Receive Technical Assistance in 2012

Envision Minnesota and the Building Sustainable Communities Consortium are pleased to announce the 6 Minnesota communities that have been selected to receive free technical assistance this year, thanks to a grant to Forterra from the US EPA Office of Sustainable Communities under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. These jurisdictions represent a diverse group of communities from across Minnesota, from metropolitan areas to rural small towns. All have a strong commitment to sustainability and sensible land use and are poised to implement positive change by making use of the assistance we are offering. The selected communities are: Austin, Blue Earth, La Crescent, Lexington, Pine River, and Prior Lake.

The 6 selected communities exhibited the strongest interest in and need for assistance in making their communities more sustainable and clearly demonstrated a commitment from local business, community, and political leaders to implement solutions.

The technical assistance will be tailored to the needs identified by each community and will consist of consist of workshops, policy analysis, stakeholder engagement and policy recommendations. The technical assistance will help these communities attract growth, protect the environment, improve public health, facilitate job creation and economic opportunity and improve overall quality of life.

“Envision Minnesota is excited to work with a Consortium of national partners on a project that assists local communities,” said Sally K. Wakefield, Envision Minnesota Executive Director. “This opportunity advances Envision Minnesota’s goal to help communities here in Minnesota enhance livability, quality of life, economic vibrancy and affordability.”

The Building Sustainable Communities Consortium includes Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), Greenbelt Alliance, Envision Minnesota and the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. US EPA’s Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Three other nonprofit organizations—Smart Growth America, Global Green USA and Project for Public Spaces—also received competitively awarded grants under this program this year to help communities get the kinds of development they want.

To learn more about about the assistance to be provided to all 6 communities visit Envision Minnesota’s website.

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