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Join RCP at the Minnesota APA Conference

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Several recent RCP projects will be featured at this year's American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter conference, which will be held virtually September 22–24, 2021.

The sessions are described below, and include projects from our 2020–2021 partnerships with Carver County, the CIty of Woodbury, and the City of Little Canada. To view these sessions, you must be registered for the conference. We hope to see you there!

 mgreco  September 22, 2021   Read more

Woodbury Tree Canopy Project Featured on PlanIt Podcast

Tree canopy

In 2020, RCP teamed up with the Metropolitan Council to offer research and technical assistance to Twin Cities metro area communities in support of projects that enhanced community resilience and implemented elements of their adopted 2040 comprehensive plan.

 mgreco  June 18, 2021   Read more

Thank You for Another Successful Year!

Collage of images of 2020-2021 RCP Projects

In mid-May, the Resilient Communities Project and our partners wrapped up the 2020–2021 academic year. Thank you to all of the students, faculty, project leads, and other local government agency staff who made this another successful year!

 mgreco  May 20, 2021   Read more

Project Spotlight: Enhancing the City of Woodbury’s Urban Tree Canopy

Tree cover in Woodbury

Last fall, the City of Woodbury approached the Resilient Communities Project for assistance updating its Urban Tree Canopy Plan. The City's primary concern was how to equitably increase Woodbury's tree canopy coverage, update the approved tree species list, and help residents understand the importance of trees for environmental stewardship. 

 mgreco  May 12, 2021   Read more

RCP Fellow Catherine Bruns Receives President’s Award

Catherine Bruns

Congratulations to graduate student and RCP Fellow Catherine J. Bruns for receiving the prestigious University of Minnesota President's Student Leadership and Service Award

The award is given annually and recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It is presented to students for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.  

 mgreco  May 05, 2021   Read more

Planning the Shift from Cars to Shared Mobility in Suburban Areas

Implementation phases for a shared mobility hub

Implementation phases for a shared mobility hub

Originally appeared in CTS News, November 2, 2020

The way Americans travel is undergoing a shift, and the way communities are laid out may have to shift as well. Student researchers from the U of M looked into shared mobility hubs as a way of updating transit within suburban areas.

 mgreco  November 16, 2020   Read more

CTS Catalyst: Student project analyzes road-funding tools for small suburban cities

Intersection on a suburban street

Photo: Shutterstock

CTS Catalyst, July 2020

The City of Ramsey is wearing down its roads faster than it can fund their maintenance and construction. In light of this, the city is investigating ways to fund road projects sustainably, and it partnered with the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) to advance the investigation.

 mgreco  July 16, 2020   Read more

Community-Engaged Research Adapts to the COVID-19 Pandemic

PowerPoint slide from students' final Zoom presentation

On March 11, with the threat from COVID-19 intensifying, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel ordered the suspension of in-person classes and required that all instruction be moved online. The order included field experiences and in-person activities for community-engaged research projects, such as those facilitated by the Resilient Communities Project. As a result, we immediately began working with our community, student, and faculty partners to identify the best way to move projects forward while adapting to the new realities of physical distancing. 

 RCP  May 18, 2020   Read more

Scott County Scene: U of M Project Studies Cost of Community Services in Rural Areas

From the Scott County Scene, April/May 2020

 mgreco  April 30, 2020   Read more

League of Minnesota Cities Partners with RCP to Address Opioid Epidemic

League of Minnesota Cities Partners with RCP to Address Opioid Epidemic

Cities in Minnesota want to know how best to respond to the opioid epidemic that is impacting communities across the state. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, 422 people in Minnesota died from an opioid overdose in 2017 and 2,037 experienced a non-fatal overdose. 

 tschi066  December 17, 2019   Read more

Register for RCP Webinar or Office Hours

University of Minnesota welcome sign

Considering applying to be a Resilient Communities Project partner in 2020? RCP is offering two opportunities in the New Year for you to learn how the program works, how to apply, and have your questions about RCP answered in real time. 

RCP Informational Webinar 

This webinar has concluded. A recorded version of the webinar is available (download PowerPoint slides from the webinar)

 mgreco  December 13, 2019   Read more

RCP–Carver County Retrospective

Carver County Photo Collage

During the 2015–2016 academic year, RCP and the University of Minnesota partnered with Carver County on 29 projects that included collaboration with four divisions at the County (Administrative Services, Planning and Water Management, Public Health, and Social Services) and three cities in Carver (Victoria, Watertown, and Chaska), as well as the county’s community development agency, transit authority, historical society, and school district.

 mgreco  November 21, 2019   Read more

RCP Presents at State and National Conferences this Fall

Logos for APA Minnesota, MetroLab, and the Center for Transportation Studies

This past fall, RCP staff attended several state and national conferences to share our stories about the projects and people that help to make RCP partnerships successful.

MetroLab Summit Panel

 mgreco  November 14, 2019   Read more
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