It is because of our unique community driven (public, private, nonprofit, philanthropic, citizen) partnership that we won the $2 Million grant to expand broadband in Crow Wing, Cass, and Morrision Counties!
Lt. Governor Tina Smith visited the Brainerd Lakes Chamber last week to announce a $2 million Border-to-Border Broadband Develoment Grant to CTC, which will match the funds to expand broadband service in Crow Wing, Cass, and Morrision Counties. We are so excited and want to thank all those who helped make this possible by working to prepare the proposal, testifying on the video produced (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aGx572Juvc&feature=youtu.be) and/or writing letters of support (see those listed below).
We also know that we still have 18,737 households and businesses in the region who are either unserved or underserved – therefore, we have a long way to go before we reach the goal set by 600 citizens during the Resilient Region Planning process that 95% of all households in the five-county region will have access to high-speed broadband.
National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) and USDA RCDI for your financial support and West Central Telephone Association (WTCA) for your in-kind staff support for this proposal!
Thank you ALSO to all who helped with the video or provided letters of support!
Robert Kangas, Chairman, Cass County Board of Commissioners
Rosemay Frazen, Chair, Crow Wing County Board of Commissioners
Jeffrey J. Jelinske, Board Chair, Morrision County Board of Commissioners
Mark Anderson, State Representative, District 9A
Joe Radinovich, former State Representative, District 10B
Ron Kresha, State Representative, District 9B
Dave Brown, State Senator, District 15
John Ward, former State Representative, District 10A
Paul Gazelka, State Seantor, District District 9
Private, Public, Nonprofit, Philanthropic Partners:
120 citizens from Fairview Township
16 citizens of 371 Neighborhood
33 residents of Crow Wing Lake
Andrea Lauer, Mayor, City of Royalton
Anthony V. Mayer, General Manager/CEO,WTCA
Arlene M Jones, Owner and Operator, The Farm at St. Mathias
Bernadine R. Josely, Director, Public Policy & Engagement, Blandin Foundation
Brenda Thomes, City Administrator, City of Long Prairie
Brent, Jenny, Claire, and Connor Gunsbury
Bruce and Sandy Narr
Carol Anderson, Community Development Morrison County
Chris Hadfield, Dean of Career and Technical Education and the Staples Campus, Central Lakes College
Corky T. McQuiston, Chief of Police, Brainerd Police Department
Dale Bosch, Executive Director, Mt. Ski Gull
Dan Carter, Faculty Member, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Darryl and Jamie Stout
Deanna Hemmesch, Executive Director, Central Minnesota Housing Partnership
Don Hickman, Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Intiative Foundation
Dr. Brian T. Briggs
Dr. Chad Coauette, Executive Director/CEO, National Joint Powers Alliance
Dr. Jennifer Mahling-Stadum, Essentia Health, Brainerd Clinic
Dr. Klint Willert, Superintendent, Brainerd Schools
Dr. Larry Lundblad, President, Central Lakes College
Dr. Peggy Kennedy, President, Minnedsota State Community and Technical College
Dr. Timonthy S. Yeh, Brainerd Hematology Oncology, PC
Greg Bergman, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
Jacob J. Wert
James Weizenegger, Fairview Township Chair
Janelle R. Riley, President, Syvantis Technologies
Janet Johnson, Faculuty, Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Janie Weston, CEO, Greater Lakes Association of Realtors
Jason Edens, Director, Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL)
Jim Sabas, Mayor, City of Pine River
Justin, Sherry and Alex Pape
Kevin Wroolie, Township Supervisor, Fort Ripley
Lynn Hunt, CEO/Founder Hunt Utilities Group
Mark Schmitz, Superintendent, Staples Motley Schools
Marla Yoho, Clerk, Fairview Township
Mary Gottsch, Director, Briedges Workpace Connection, Brainerd Lakes Chamber
Matt Killan, President, Brainerd Lakes Chamber
Maureen Ideker, Rn, BSN, MBA, Director of Telehealth, Essentia Health
Mick Qualer, Nisswa, MN
Pat and Gary Bluth
Philip and Coni Trusty, Owners/Operators, Crow Wing Lake Campground
Randy Lee, Chief, Pillager Area Fire Protection Assn.
Rick Utech, Executive Director, Todd County Development Corporation
Robert L. McLean, Executive Director, Happy Dancing Turtle a member of the Resilient Living Council
Ron Noon, Commissioner, Wadena County
Sheila Haverkamp, Executive Director, Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation
Stephen O. Jones, Superintendent, Little Falls Community Schools
Sue and Larry Friedrichs
Timothy J. Houle, Chair, Resilient Region Champions
Tom Burch, Sheriff, Cass County
Grant Writing and Video Production Support
All the staff at R5DC and CTC (especially Kevin Larson, Steve Gilbert, Jason Atwater, Mark Roach, Andy Isackson, and Daniel Rohr) as well as Anna Gruber, Paul Drange, Scott Wermter, Paul Anderson, and student intern Abbi Hehner at NJPA; Pam Mahling, WTCA; Dr. Stacey Stockdill, EnSearch; and Erik Osberg, Dan Fitzpatrick and Dean Vogtman at Whiskey Creek Media.
Hunger Free MN Grant
Region Five Development Commission has been notified by Hunger Free Minnesota that they have been awarded a $50,000 grant to work with schools and child care programs in Todd & Wadena Counties in partnership with Providers Choice (http://www.providerschoice.com/). The grant will be used to establish a consortium of at least 10 programs that are interested in serving a meal after school.
Gail Birch, CEO of Providers Choice says, “When school is out children need a safe place to be with their friends, with structured activities, supportive adults, and good nutrition. Afterschool programs that participate in CACFP give children and teenagers the nutrition they need, and draw them into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning. These programs will meet this need in Todd and Wadena Counties.”
The grant from Hunger Free MN supports start-up and planning costs that allow for the 10 sites to purchase equipment to serve after school meals. Providers Choice will help the sites enroll in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program and receive ongoing reimbursement for the meals and snacks.
Local Group Sees Hope for Region-Wide Broadband with New State Initiatives
Click here to read press release.
University of Minnesota Rural Minnesota Network Analysis
This study shows NCEDA/R5DC as a "robustly connected" organization across the state in policy and practice. Click here to learn more.
Region Five is part of the Blandin Broadband Community
Click here to read the the announcement.
State of Rural Minnesota 2014
Each year, the Center for Rural Policy and Development assembles the latest demographic and economic data to create the State of Rural Minnesota report. Please click the link below or visit www.ruralmn.org for more information.
North Central Economic Development Association and the USDA
The 501c3 North Central Economic Development Association –based in Staples, MN, received a $99,500 USDA Local Foods Promotion Program (LFPP) grant for the “SPROUT Marketplace”.
In 2013, 600 residents from the region developed the Resilient Region Plan which recommends strong support of local foods. Morrison County and Community Development along with SPROUT MN an existing food hub network of 40+ growers have partnered together to develop a food processing facility and indoor SPROUT Marketplace in Little Falls, Minnesota as part of the regional local food hub.
Once fully operational, the SPROUT Marketplace will allow growers to transform their fresh commodities to value-added locally processed (frozen, dried, canned, baked) products that expand the seasonal markets. It will also allow buyers/consumers to shop indoor year-round at the SPROUT Marketplace during cold winter months when farmers markets are not in operation.
This award offers the opportunity to locate the Marketplace at the Little Falls Manufacturing Development Center, which is a strategic, centrally-located site with access to the trunk highway system. Additionally, the project will engage local artists to create a Marketplace that not only encourages healthy eating but also supports the local arts and rural cultural experiences.
“Local and regional food systems provide a wealth of opportunities for rural residents,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer. “USDA has found that virtually all revenues generated in a local food system, stay local, and are reinvested into the community – creating a great economic driver for rural America. As new markets develop, jobs are created, healthier foods are more readily available, and rural communities can continue to thrive.”
Resilient Region and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Project Request
Region Five Development Commission is assembling a list of viable projects that create economic vitality, environmental stewardship and regional quality of life. A series of questions have been created via a survey with the intent to stimulate identification and creation of a Resilient Region project list.
This comprehensive list will be prioritized by a group of diverse regional leaders from the private, public & non-profit sectors and offered to multiple funding agencies/partners in efforts to encourage these partners to invest in projects that meet our regional targets. Region Five will seek funding for the projects that are ranked as regional "vital projects," however, a submittal of an idea does not guarantee funding of project.
Wealth Works Economic Development Program
“WealthWorks is an important part of any economic development toolbox. I am pleased to announce that SPROUT and R5DC were one of only five teams nationally to receive a scholarship to participate in the WealthWorks training program. This training is focused on practical application of new skills and perspectives on economic vitality, which will lead to increased opportunities for people in rural areas,” said NADO President Peter Gregory, Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, VT.
To view the full press release Click Here
Resilient Region Web-Site
The Resilient Region website is an excellent source of information pertaining to economic vitality, environmental stewardship and quality of life factors gathered for Private (individuals & businesses) Public (local municipalities & communities) and Non-Profit agencies (social advocates & philanthropic agencies) who choose to explore the sustainability efforts that have been vested in the Central Minnesota five county region.