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2018 Partnering Priorities announced for local projects

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Friday, January 12, 2018

The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (NW RSDP) announces its 2018 priorities for community-based projects. Seed funding is available to support projects that leverage community participation and create a robust partnership with the University of Minnesota. Individuals, organizations, and groups in northwestern Minnesota are encouraged to apply.

The NW RSDP invites ideas in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.  “We are making it easier to pitch an idea.  We’re excited to develop community-led projects that address these sustainability priorities for the region,” said NW RSDP Executive Director Linda Kingery.  “The NWRSDP encourages ideas that increase connections within the community, that address multiple priorities, and that inspire others to replicate or expand on a project. One easy way to learn about earlier projects is our new storymap page, find it at”

Priorities include:

  • Creating and sharing a positive narrative for rural communities.
  • Engaging people in nature.
  • Promoting practices that maintain or restore natural processes like pollination.
  • Supporting local food assets such as community gardens, farmers’ markets, and rural grocery stores.
  • Improving soil health.
  • Investing in systems for season extension and increased food access.
  • Developing tourism projects that preserve natural resources and promote cultural assets.
  • Facilitate dialog across communities, especially across cultural differences. 
  • Create greater awareness of the potential for tourism to contribute to community development and resilience
  • Strengthen connection to economic developers in the region, highlighting local foods, rural grocery viability, clean energy and tourism associated with parks and trails.
  • Developing community leaders, youth entrepreneurs, and natural resource scientists.
  • Advancing community economic development, quality of life, energy efficiency, health, and safety. 

NW RSDP supports and facilitates research, education, planning and policy projects that build community-University partnerships for sustainability.  In recent years, NW RSDP has supported a variety of successful community projects including nature-based play and recreation, farmers’ markets and community gardens, and tourism initiatives that help communities tell their stories.

NW RSDP is part of the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four focus areas: sustainable agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources, and tourism and resilient communities. RSDP is composed of a statewide office and five regional partnerships.

For more information and to submit a project idea visit or contact Linda Kingery at or 218-281-8697.



Linda Kingery

Executive Director


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