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About the region

We envision a strong regional economy consistent with sustainable development principles, a recognition of interdependence evident in regional thinking and practice, opportunities for people to live and work in the region, quality education for all ages, and healthy and functional ecosystems.

In practice and in mission, the NW RSDP connects the resources of the region and the University.

Our work rests on three bedrock principles:

  • Develop and sustain a rich and vibrant partnership between the citizens of the region and their land grant university.
  • Address natural resource, energy, food systems and community resilience priorities consistent with sustainability principles of stewardship, conservation, interdependence and shared responsibility.
  • Promote and practice active citizenship, calling out our commitment as citizens to understand complex issues, explore opportunities and design workable solutions.

The region's natural history shows up in a diverse landscape shaped by ice and water and representing all four major biomes in Minnesota. Its cultural history traces the stories of indigenous people, voyageurs and fur traders, immigrants from northern Europe, and later from all parts of the world. These cultures shape the story of the region.

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