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Minnesota River Valley Partners Project.

Brown, Elissa.

The Minnesota River and its valley define the region. It connects all the communities, and its natural and cultural resource base has encouraged many citizen-lead partnerships to enhance and develop the region with an eye to its future.

The partnership of Tatanka Bluffs, Green Corridor, Center for Changing Landscapes (CCL), and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota (CCM) received funds to:

  • Build on the citizen-led initiatives and CCL’s work by creating additional designs that will connect all the Valley’s individual initiatives such as the county trail system, the Minnesota River State Trail, the Minnesota River Scenic Byway, the Minnesota River Water Trail, the acquired natural resource lands, and the historic initiatives into a seamless natural resource and cultural-based amenity system,
  • Provide resources for the building of these designs by CCM, and
  • Extend the impact of the Blandin Leadership Program graduates regionally by engaging graduates in a mentoring program with CCM youth members.

This integrated approach to developing the natural and cultural resource based recreation economy in the Minnesota River Valley builds on the strengths of its partners and work already accomplished to move the Valley communities forward together.


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Prepared in partnership with the Center for Changing Landscape, Conservation Corps Minnesota, Renville County Parks Department, and Tatanka Bluffs Corridor by the Community Assistantship Program (CAP), which is administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
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