Scott County is partnering with the Resilient Communities Project (RCP) for the 2018-2019 academic year on 14 projects. 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 Libraries. 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.
Scott County is located southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul and is bounded on the west and north by the Minnesota River. 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 in 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.
Scott County has been the fastest growing county in Minnesota for the last few decades. Home to Shakopee, Savage, Jordan, and Belle Plain, Scott County contains eight cities and eleven townships covering an area of 365 square miles. Much of Scott County’s growth has been due to its location on the Minnesota River, which supported the county's fur trading, lumber, and farming industries in the 1800s. More recent 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. The county is home to several historic, scenic, and entertainment destinations including Canterbury Park, Murphy's Landing, Elko Speedway, Mystic Lake Casino, the Renaissance Festival, and Valleyfair.
If you are a resident or business owner in Scott County, RCP and the County invite you to take this survey to share your thoughts on resilience in your community.
“We are very excited to partner with the University of Minnesota to undertake research that will help advance our long-range 2040 comprehensive plan. The timing is perfect. Looking at all of the community feedback and input gathered over the past two years as part of the 2040 planning process, we have identified some important research and analysis topics to move forward, and now we can match those research needs with University students, faculty and coursework. This is a unique opportunity to move right from plan creation into plan implementation with all of the great University resources at our side ready to assist.”
—Scott County Planning Manager Brad Davis
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Scott County to have access to the resources and cutting-edge research the University of Minnesota can share. This partnership will allow us to examine policy, project, and program initiatives—identified by our community—in a well-defined and collaborative way.”
—Scott County Board Chair Tom Wolf