Ramsey County is partnering with the Resilient Communities Project (RCP) for the 2018–2019 academic year on 15 projects. Nine county departments representing the county’s five Service Teams will participate in the partnership.
Located in the heart of the seven-county Twin Cities metropolitan area, Ramsey County is the second-most populous county in Minnesota and home to about 10 percent of the state’s residents. It is also the most racially and ethnically diverse county in the state, and is challenged with some of the highest areas of concentrated poverty in the metro area.
The year-long collaboration will focus on six main topic areas:
- Community health and safety
- Transportation access
- Housing and economic development
- Energy and climate
- Environmental stewardship
- Inclusive and meaningful community engagement
Ramsey County plans to use the partnership to further the county’s goals to strengthen well-being, cultivate prosperity, enhance opportunity and model accountability. The partnership will also strengthen the county vision for a vibrant community where all are valued and thrive.
About Ramsey County
Ramsey County was established on October 27, 1849, and was one of the original counties of the Minnesota Territory. Today, more than 540,000 Minnesotans make their homes in Ramsey County. Predominantly urban, Ramsey is Minnesota’s smallest and most densely populated county, spanning 170 square miles. Saint Paul, the capital of Minnesota and the county seat, is home to about 56 percent of the county’s residents. Ramsey County communities are nationally known as attractive, livable places rich in history, diversity, and opportunity. Learn more about the history and diversity of Ramsey County.
Ramsey County provides a variety of programs and services to county residents and visitors. Services the county provides include:
- Maintaining more than 6,500 acres of parks and recreational facilities, including 14 parks, four golf courses and 11 ice arenas.
- Connecting residents to assistance and support programs.
- Providing law enforcement and public safety and legal services.
- Registering voters and managing elections.
- Operating recycling and yard waste facilities.
- Managing a library system with seven locations.
- Operating an emergency call center (911).
- Connecting veterans to benefits.
- Processing birth records and marriage licenses.
- Maintaining and improving county roads, bridges and related infrastructure.
- Planning and developing public transportation services.
- Inspecting food establishments and vendors.
- Supporting an active workforce through job readiness services.
- Responding to natural disasters and public health emergencies.
“The RCP partnership is a wonderful opportunity for our organization to advance and align our strategic priorities and goals of well-being, prosperity, opportunity and accountability. This program will allow us to collaboratively develop innovative strategies that prepare Ramsey County for future growth in community resiliency and sustainability and support our vision of a vibrant community where all are valued and thrive. Our staff are very excited to partner with U of M students to establish the framework for programs and initiatives that will directly benefit our residents for several years to come.”
—Julie Kleinschmidt, Ramsey County Manager