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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the Scott County Scene, April/May 2020
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.
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
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.
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.