The Central Minnesota Sustainable Development Plan (CMSDP) is a federally funded project designed to kick-start central Minnesota's economy and sustainable housing and transportation.
In partnership with Staples-based Region Five Development Commission, the CMSDP will tap experts from throughout the University in such areas of transportation, housing and land use, while relying on the guidance and input of Minnesotans from Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena counties.
The project aims to crystallize the needs of the region through the creation of a step-by-step plan for social, economic and land use vitality. When implemented, the plan could result in such things as more low-energy affordable housing, efficient transportation options, livable and healthy communities, opportunities for employment and a resilient economy able to respond to 21st century needs.
Key to the plan are four citizen-based work groups representing key issues—land use, transportation, economic development and affordable housing. The work groups are made up of residents from all walks of life and socio-economic levels—from farmers to shop keepers, high school students and stay-at-home moms.
The two-year effort is made possible by a $825,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and is being co-managed by the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. A final plan will be presented to HUD, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in December 2012.
This project is supported in part by funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The substance and findings of the work are dedicated to the public. The author and publisher are solely responsible for the accuracy of statements and interpretations contained in this publication. Such statements and interpretations do not necessarily reflect the views of HUD.
Kathryn J. Draeger
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships statewide director
Jean Coleman, CMSDP Sustainability Organizer
UM Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP)