City Hall (15) copyRCP’s community partner for the 2013-2014 academic year was the City of North St Paul, Minnesota. As a fully developed first-ring suburb, North St. Paul has a rich history and small-town atmosphere, reflected in the spirit of its residents and the livelihood of community events. In recent decades, however, the city has faced a number of challenges, including a declining tax base, aging housing and infrastructure, ongoing competition for commercial and retail development, and lack of accessibility due to the recently completed Highway 36 reconstruction project. These challenges also present opportunities for the community to reenergize its residents and forge ahead toward a more sustainable and resilient community that both honors its past and anticipates its future.

RCP partnered with North St. Paul on 16 projects that engaged hundreds of students in dozens of courses from across the University of Minnesota. You can access a handout summarizing the partnership and projects here. To learn more about individual projects, visit the North St. Paul Project page.

RCP-North St. Paul Kickoff

RCP kicked off our 2013-2014 partnership with the City of North St. Paul in September 2013 at the North St. Paul Community Center. The luncheon attracted more than 50 people, including community residents, City staff and local elected officials, state representative Leon Lillie, and staff from Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s office. RCP staff and North St. Paul Mayor Mike Kuehn spoke about upcoming projects and the potential for long-term positive impacts on the community. Video from the presentation at the luncheon is below:

Resilient Communities Project Kick Off from GTN TV Government Television Net on Vimeo.

RCP-North St. Paul End-of-Year Celebration

We concluded our partnership with North St. Paul at our End-of-Year Celebration held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota Campus in May 2014. The event included a popular poster session highlighting student projects, as well as a formal program acknowledging the participants in the partnership. You can view a video of the program below:

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