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R5DC selected as a 2021 AARP Community Challenge Grantee

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is thrilled to announce we have been selected to receive a 2021 AARP Community Challenge grant. We are one of only 244 grantees selected from across all 50 states, Washington D.C, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

With this “quick-action” grant we will provide transit passes, transit training, and memberships to local health and wellness center to 50 individuals throughout the region. This effort aims to reintegrate individuals into the community who may have been isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic and to help communities within the region become more livable for people of all ages.

“We are incredibly proud that AARP selected R5DC to receive this grant,” stated R5DC Regional Development Planner Matt Kallroos. “AARP is a nationwide leader on making neighborhoods, towns, and cities more livable for all residents and we are honored that they see the tangible value this project will bring to our community.”

About the Community Challenge

The Community Challenge funds innovative projects that inspire change in areas such as transportation, public spaces, housing, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, coronavirus recovery and more.

It’s all part of AARP’s nationwide work on livable communities, which supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and counties across the country to become great places for all residents. AARP believes that communities should provide safe, walkable streets; affordable and accessible housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents to participate in community life.

To learn more about the work being funded by the AARP Community Challenge across the nation – including all 244 granted projects this year, visit You can also view an interactive map of all Community Challenge projects and AARP’s livable communities work at

About Region Five Development Commission

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is a high-performing, regionally focused partner committed to enhancing the vitality and quality of life for all people in Region 5 through resilient, collaborative, and inclusive approaches to regional community development, economic development, and transportation initiatives. Visit to learn more.


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