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North St. Paul Selected as Resilient Communities Project 2013-2014 Community Partner

March 18, 2013

CURA's Resilient Communities Project is pleased to announce that the city of North St. Paul has been selected as its partner community for the 2013–2014 academic year. The partnership will bring the expertise of hundreds of graduate students and the University to sustainability-related projects identified by North St. Paul.

North St. Paul’s winning proposal was selected from among seven submitted. The proposal identifies 18 projects for which the city would like assistance, including developing live/work housing, revitalizing the city’s downtown, investigating green energy alternatives, creating "living streets," planning community gardens, identifying economic development strategies, designing civic engagement initiatives, crafting an environmental education program and creating a public art plan. Staff from RCP and North St. Paul will begin working this spring to define the scope of the projects and match them with courses offered at the U of M in fall 2013 and spring 2014. RCP program manager Mike Greco will administer the partnership on behalf of the University, and North St. Paul community development director Nate Ehalt will coordinate the city’s participation in the program.

RCP is an initiative of the Sustainability Faculty Network at the University of Minnesota, with funding and administrative support provided by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and the Institute on the Environment.

For more information about North St. Paul's selection as RCP's partner community for 2013–2014, visit http://rcp.umn.edu/2013/03/18/nsp-2013-partner/.