Region Five Five Counties. One Vision. One Source Links & Resources

Cass County

Rich in fish and game, these woods and waters sheltered a succession of native peoples for thousands of years. The most recent of these were the Ojibwe (Chippewa), who now live on the Leech Lake Reservation.

Crow Wing County

The most famous landmark in Brainerd is probably the water tower which was built from 1919-1922. Later, affectionately known as “Paul Bunyan’s flashlight” it was the first all concrete elevated tank used by a municipality in the U.S.

Morrison County

In 1930 Camp Ripley was established as a military training center for the Minnesota National Guard. In 1994 a Veteran’s Cemetery was created by the Minnesota State Legislature adjacent to the Camp.

Todd County

Primarily an agricultural county, Todd County was settled by hard working German, Polish and Scandinavian immigrants. Meat packing and printing have added jobs in the manufacturing sectors.

Wadena County

Old Wadena County Historic Park located on the Crow Wing River was an important hunting and trapping area for Indians and later for the French.

Cass County

Crow Wing County - Brainerd Lakes Area

Morrison County - Camp Ripley

Todd County

Wadena County - Menahga Statue

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Controller of Finance

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is a local unit of government that serves Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties in the areas of Community & Economic Development, Transportation projects and programs.  Office located in Staples, MN.


R5DC will employ a new full-time team member as Controller and will be accepting resumes until October 2, 2017.  Extremely competitive salary and benefits package. Flexible schedule.


Controller will complete monthly financials, grant reporting and fund requests, billings, tax levy certification annual audits and more.


The candidate should be detailed orientated and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience &/or equivalent education, with knowledge of governmental accounting, GAAP, audit procedures, federal and state grant reporting requirements.  Must be familiar with Microsoft Office.  Experience with Great Plains and Portfol software a plus. CPA Preferred.


Job application is located HERE

Full position description is located HERE.



To apply, please send completed application, cover letter, resume and references to or submit via mail to:


Region Five Development Commission

Attn: Dawn Espe

200 1st Street NE, Suite #2

Staples, MN 56479



Application Deadline: 10/2/2017

The University of Minnesota - College of Continuing Education

Annual Minnesota Policy Conference - Register HERE

  • Date: October 18, 2017
  • Cost: $185 through Oct. 4, $235 thereafter | student rate: $85/$110
  • CEUs: 6 contact hours/0.6 CEUs
  • Location: The Commons Hotel, University of Minnesota East Bank Campus
  • For:  Anyone involved in informing, designing, and developing policy in Minnesota
  • Connect: #mnpolicy—Join the conversation on Twitter!

Workshop Registration is Open for Artists and Makers to Learn Career Planning and Marketing Basics

 PRESS RELEASE Springboard for the Arts


Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is assembling a list of viable projects that create economic vitality, environmental stewardship and regional quality of life. Click here to apply!

A series of questions have been created via this survey with the intent to stimulate identification and creation of a Vital Project list. This comprehensive list will be prioritized by a group of diverse regional leaders from the private, public & non-profit sectors.

These vital projects will be included in the region's Comprehensive Regional Economic Development Strategy (CREDS), annually submitted to the Economic Development Administration. Our 2016-2021 CREDS planning effort demonstrated that projects addressing affordable housing, skilled workforce, transportation, land use, local foods, energy, art, child care and historical preservation are interrelated and impact our regional economic vitality. Therefore, the project list will include more than the typical infrastructure expansion and business incubators projects and will include initiatives that build upon our region's competitive assets in efforts to improve our economy.

Who should complete this questionnaire/survey and submit a project idea? Any single or consortium of private, public &/or nonprofit entities inclined to take a lead role on implementation of submitted project idea.  Past vital project examples can be found on our website at  Applicants can also find the 2016-2021 CREDS on our website, which can help them understand the planning goals Region 5 is striving to attain, as project ideas should align with the goals set forth in this plan.

Please submit the following application by 5:00 p.m. on Friday September 22, 2017. Contact Dawn Espe at Region Five Development Commission with any questions - phone 218.894.3233 x3 or email


Have you heard? We're living "The Good Life" in our region!

For the past 9 months, economic development specialists have been meeting with stakeholders and focus groups, as well as conducting community surveys and connecting with marketing professionals, to learn


What we learned is that the residents of Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties are living "The Good Life".

"The Good Life' has been chosen as it states very simply how residents feel about our region- we have a good life- abundant natural resources, small town feel, access to health care, and important amenities such as strong school systems, access to local foods and quality people who care about our communities.

Keep up to date on what's making your community part of "The Good Life" by visiting


Lakeland Public Television recently did a story on the ArtPlace America Creative Placemaking Fund.

See the full story on SPROUT's website.






Region Five Development Commision received funding from ArtPlace America's 2016 National Creative Placemaking Fund.

Today, ArtPlace America (ArtPlace) is proud to announce the 29 creative placemaking projects to receive funding in communities of all sizes across 19 states and 2 US territories.  Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is one of 29 projects chosen, from almost 1400 applications, to receive funding through its National Creative Placemaking Fund in 2016. In these projects, residents use arts and culture strategies to strengthen the social, physical, and economic fabric of their communities.
ArtPlace’s National Creative Placemaking Fund is a highly competitive national program – funding 2% of initial applications – that invests money in communities across the country in which artists, arts organizations, and arts and culture activity help drive community development change across 10 sectors of community planning and development: agriculture and food; economic development; education and youth; environment and energy; health; housing; immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development.
The complete list of 2016 projects to receive ArtPlace funding may be found here.