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University offering cities a new partnership to solve problems

Carissa Schively Slotterback works to make the Resilient Communities Project a success.

In this year's pilot of the Resilient Communities Project, students from 10 different courses are paired with Minnetonka staff members in 17 initiatives ranging from urban planning to water conservation. In one class, law students will explore storm-water management and help the city draft new regulations. Another class will work one-on-one with city staffers to explore how to work better with condo associations and form neighborhood identities as is done in Minneapolis and St. Paul. In the spring, a class will explore the idea of starting rooftop gardens. "These aren't just projects that make the city look good, but projects that make a difference," Greco said.

Star Tribune
September 14, 2012

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