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What We Do

Community Development


Community development is a broad term applied to the practices and academic disciplines of civic leaders, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of local communities; ultimately to improve quality of life in our local communities.

Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with the skills they need to affect change in their own communities. These skills are often concentrated around building local capacity through the formation and facilitation of local community groups working for a common goal.

This is done by providing technical assistance, resources, and information. In addition, information is available in topic areas such Hazard Mitigation, Comprehensive Planning, Zoning, Broadband adoption and connectivity, Sustainability, Local Foods and Energy.

Local Foods Resources



DC Local Foods PP 9/2013

Food Hubs Regional Economics

Central MN Food Hub

Farm to School in Central MN Applied Economic Analysis

SPROUT Business Plan 

Local Food Endeavors within Region Five (as of July 2013)

Energy Resources


RDF Grant Application for Solar Schools Project


For specific information on these or any services provided by Region Five Development Commission please contact Dawn Espe at 218-894-3233 x3 or by email at