The 2016 Outstanding Service and Partnership Awardees were announced at the Region Five Development Commission Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, hosted by Camp Ripley at the Hangar Conference Center on December 15th, 2016:
2016 Outstanding NCEDA Microbusiness Partner – Bowlus Auto Center
2016 Outstanding NCEDA Business Partner – ADIUM Oil Company
Service Appreciation – Dean Uselman, NCEDA – 9 years
Chuck Parins, R5DC – 2015 – 2016 Board Chair
John Benson, R5DC – 5 years
Bob Kangas, R5DC – 10 years
Special Appreciation – Bill Kern, R5DC – 40 years
2016 Outstanding Service Provider – Essex Capital, LLC
2016 Outstanding Regional Partner – Minnesota Department of Transportation District 3
Click here for a copy of the evening's program
Region Five Development Commision will receive 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.
Congratulations to the 10 projects selected as Vital Projects in the region!
2016 Vital Projects are:
Solar for Schools STEM Education
Grower’s and Makers Marketplace
Whole Health Pine River Backus
Live Open Solutions
Virtual Highway Infrastructure Project, Phase II
Career Immersion Experiences
Youth Career Exploration Video Project
Hwy 27 Memorial Bridge Feasibility Study
Community Well-Being Building Project
UPDATED information regarding the Solar Schools project.