Scott County is partnering with the Resilient Communities Project (RCP) for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul and bound on the west and north by the Minnesota River, Scott County has been the fastest growing county in the State of Minnesota for the last decades. Home to Shakopee, Savage, Jordan, and Belle Plain, Scott County contains eight cities and eleven townships covering an area of 365 square miles.
Five county departments will participate in the year-long collaboration with RCP: Environmental Services, Roads and Transportation, Health and Human Services, Parks and Trails, and Library. The Scott County Community Development Agency and the Statewide Health Improvement Plan will have active roles in the partnership as well. With multiple phases of long range plans, studies, and action plans coming to fruition in 2017/18, Scott County hopes to capitalize on the partnership with RCP to drive implementation and move these planning efforts forward.
Established by the Minnesota Legislature on March 5, 1853, after the Mendota and Traverse des Sioux treaties were signed, Scott County was named after General Winfield Scott, an officer of the War of 1812, Commander of the United States Army during the Mexican War, and an unsuccessful Whig candidate for the presidency in 1852. General Scott never visited Scott County, but in 1824 he made an official inspection of nearby Fort Snelling.
Much of Scott County’s growth has been due to its location on the Minnesota River which supported the county’s fur trading, lumbering, and farming industries in the 1800s. Later, the most significant growth can be tied to the opening of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge in 1995, which connected Scott County residents with employment opportunities in the southwest Twin Cities metropolitan area. The population increased 55 percent between 1990 and 2000, growing to an estimated population of 143,680 residents in 2016.
Today Scott County enjoys a growing mix of commercial, industrial, and housing development, yet maintains a diverse rural flavor. Scott County is home to several historic, scenic, and entertainment destinations including Canterbury Park, Murphy’s Landing, Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, Renaissance Festival, and Valleyfair.