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To enhance the vitality and quality of life for all people

in Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties

by bridging relationships and resources.


To contribute, through planning and implementation of projects and programs, to a sustainable and prosperous regional economy, environment, and quality of life for all.







We act as a dynamic, forward-thinking organization, constantly working in a state of change. When appropriate, we stimulate activities, change, or progress. We carry positive energy and attitude and work efficiently to solve problems. We demonstrate competency and proficiency in community and economic development practices. This enables us to meet the evolving needs of our communities.

We value authentic partnerships, innovation, and teamwork. We establish alliances with organizations that align with our mission. We work in cooperation as a team and with diverse groups to promote and manage projects and programs. We share in our dedication and commitment to each other and strive to support one another in reaching our full potential professionally and personally.

We focus on building economic prosperity and success in our region and strive to establish equitable economic ecosystems. We promote, encourage, and provide opportunities for development, leadership, and mentoring. We promote continuous learning in our organization and invest in opportunities to enhance our growth through knowledge and practice.

We are accountable to the public, our funding agencies, and each other for the quality of our work, promoting the development of the region, and being fiscally responsible. We expect professionalism to be demonstrated in our behavior and our conduct. We value timely, open, and honest communication.

The work of our team and the inclusive nature of our programs are planned, purposeful, and deliberate. We value and respect the diversity of our region, all of its people, our partners and our organization. We understand the uniqueness of individuals and recognize differing viewpoints, and we respond in a balanced, flexible, and open-minded way.

R5DC is an equal opportunity provider and employer. If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S. W, Washington, O.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program. You may also reach out to R5DC's Civil Rights Coordinator, Hannah Smith.  Hannah can be reached at 218.894.3233 or

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