2020–2021 Partner Communities

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Below are some of the projects underway during the 2020–2021 academic year with our current partner communities: the City of Little Canada, the City of Victoria, and Carver County. 

Do you have a project idea to build community resilience that could benefit from research or technical assistance? It's not too late to apply for an RCP Partnership!


Developing the Pioneer Park Master Plan (PDF iconPDF

Project Goal: Engage a broad and diverse range of city residents to guide design, infrastructure, programming, and facilities for Pioneer Park. 
Partner: City of Little Canada
Project LeadBryce Shearen, Community Services Manager, City of Little Canada Parks & Recreation

RCP Fellows TeamSummer 2020 | Final Report
RCP Fellows Team: Fall 2020


Planning for a Future Fire Station in the City of Victoria (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: Identify a location for a second fire station in anticipation of future community growth. 
Partner: City of Victoria 
Project LeadAndrew Heger, Fire Chief, City of Victoria Fire Department

RCP & HHH InternshipSummer 2020 | Final Report
IE 5561 Analytics & Data-Driven Decision Making: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)


Identifying Best Management Practices to Improve Storm Water Reuse Irrigation Systems (PDF iconPDF)

Project GoalUnderstand the infiltration capacity and irrigation rates for different types of vegetation to encourage a shift from turf grass to more sustainable native plants.
Partner: Carver County Water Management Organization
Project LeadTim Sundby, Water Resource Program Analyst, Carver County Planning and Water Management

HORT 4061W: Turfgrass Management: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)
ESPM 3111/5111: Hydrology and Water Quality Field Methods: Spring 2021
CEGE 4102W/4103W/4104W Capstone Design: Spring 2021


Surface with Purpose: Developing a Climate Adaptation & Resilience Tool (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To quantify the various qualitative benefits of green roof and BioSolar systems to assist communities in making more informed climate resilience investments.
Partner: Metropolitan Council
Project Lead: Cameran Bailey, Senior Planner, Metropolitan Council, Local Planning Assistance

SPH Culminating Experience: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021
PA 8081 Planning & Public Affairs Capstone: Spring 2021


Identifying Opportunities to Improve Wayfinding in Downtown Saint Paul (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To identify how wayfinding in Downtown Saint Paul can be enhanced in order to contribute to vibrant and connected communities, activated streetscapes, and economic recovery.
Partner: CapitolRiver District Council
Project Lead: Jon Fure, Executive Director, CapitolRiver District Council

PA 5311 Program Evaluation: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)
PA 8081 Program Evaluation Capstone: Spring 2021


Designing a Wayfinding System in Downtown Saint Paul (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To create wayfinding design concepts in Downtown Saint Paul that can contribute to vibrant and connected communities, activated streetscapes, and economic recovery.
Partner: CapitolRiver District Council
Project Lead: Jon Fure, Executive Director, CapitolRiver District Council 

DES 3331 Urban Street Life: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)


Identifying Transit Needs in Carver County (PDF iconPDF

Project Goal: To determine the current unmet transit needs and demands and to predict transit needs of the future based on the growth, demographic shifts and commuting changes faced by the County.
Partner: Carver County
Project Lead: Adriana Atcheson, Planner, Carver County Planning & Water Management

PA 5311 Program Evaluation: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)
ISyE Senior Design Project: Spring 2021


Planning for Land Use & Economic Development Post-COVID-19 (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To identify land use, zoning ordinance, and economic development changes the City should consider changing to effectively plan for a future pandemic.
Partner: City of Minnetonka
Project Lead: Drew Ingvalson, Planner, City of Minnetonka

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)
PA 8081 Planning & Public Affairs Capstone: Spring 2021


Maximizing Saint Paul Employment Assets: Connecting the Workforce with Job-Rich Sectors (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To identify traditional and emerging economic sectors that Saint Paul should target for growth and recruitment in order to maximize well‐paid jobs for Saint Paul residents and inform strategies for establishing strong connections between Saint Paul employers and residents.
Partner: City of Saint Paul
Project Lead: Michael Richardson, Senior City Planner, City of Saint Paul: Department of Planning and Economic Development

PA 5041 Qualitative Methods for Policy Analysts: Fall 2020 | Final Presentation (video)


Enhancing Woodbury's Urban Tree Canopy (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To equitably increase the tree canopy coverage, update the approved tree species list, and help educate and engage residents on the importance of trees to promote environmental stewardship. 
Partner: City of Woodbury
Project Lead: Kristin Seaman, Environmental Resources Specialist, City of Woodbury

PA 8081 Public Participation Capstone: Spring 2021
FNRM 4501 / 5501 Urban Forest Management: Managing Greenspaces for People: Spring 2021


Improving Emergency Medical Services in Minnesota (PDF iconPDF)

Project Goal: To analyze policy in order to support policy changes to improve emergency medical services in Minnesota
Partner: Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association (MSFCA)
Project Lead: BJ Jungmann, Legislative Chair, Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association

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