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R5DC Welcomes Erica Bjelland

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) welcomes the addition of Erica Bjelland.

Bjelland joins R5DC as a regional development planner, after working for several years at Rural Renewable Energy Alliance (RREAL) in Backus, MN. She is responsible for facilitating community development and economic development projects, with an emphasis on program implementation focused on energy, environment, and pandemic planning. Erica assists local units of government and businesses with various other planning and ensures that diversity, equity, and inclusion practices are incorporated into existing and new policies, rules, programs, and proposals.

Bjelland holds bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Policy and Global Studies from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and currently serves on the 100 Rural Women board and Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) regional steering committee.

About Region Five Development Commission

Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) is a high-performing, regionally-focused partner providing community development, economic development and transportation initiatives in central Minnesota. R5DC programs are strategic and resilient in nature, and contain an inclusive and collaborative approach, with an emphasis on local foods/agricultural and renewable energy economy. Learn more at


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