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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

Current News


Region Five is Hiring a Regional Business Specialist

Region Five is looking for a permanent full-time, exempt Regional Business Specialist. Salary plus benefits range from $57,500-75k. Regional territory is Crow Wing, Cass, Morrison, Todd & Wadena counties with occasional out of state travel. This position will focus on administration of several regional revolving loan funds; assisting with business recruitment and marketing; providing business planning assistance and grant writing. To see full position description, Click Here.


Desired qualifications: Basic understanding of Business Loan Administration, Prospect Marketing, Local Improvement Funding and Strategy Development. Proven history of grant writing & reporting skills preferred. Ability to assess business risk; present and facilitate to small groups; coordinate public participation; manage/oversight of several projects at one time; communicate with all sectors of people through superb written and oral communications. The ability to work independently and word processing and computer skills is required. 

Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience favored.


Please submit resume to Cheryal Hills, Executive Director, Region Five Development Commission,  until September 2, 2014.  No phone calls please.

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.

Click Here to fill out the Survey OR Click Here for additional information.


Searching For Broadband Funding Opportunities? 

Sen. Matt Schmitt of Red Wing met with officials in Staples last month to talk about grant eligibility.

Blandin Foundation Awards Grant to Resilient Region Champions to Develop Telehealth Program

 To view full press release Click Here  

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

FastTrac Programs

is a 30-hour course for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs who want to build technology- or science-based businesses. You're an expert on your technology, but you may have little or no experience forming and running a business for more information on FastTrac Programs Click Here

CORE4 Business Planning

Core4 is designed to help business owners and potential business owners develop ideas, understand the business planning process and employ standard operating procedures. For more information 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.