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.
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.
During this interactive workshop, you can expect to:
Join us this fall semester for the Community-Engaged Research & Practice Workshop Series!
This workshop series is designed to help you build a toolbox of skills for engaging in community-based research and practice. You can attend one workshop, or complete the entire series. University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members, are welcome to attend. The workshops are free, and light refreshments will be provided.
Call for Graduate Student Researchers
The Resilient Communities Project has two opportunities for graduate students interested in enrolling in an independent study to work on a research project with local city staff during the fall 2019 semester.
We are looking for graduate students who are interested in local government policy, issues of community resilience and sustainability, and building research skills to work on projects proposed by our partners, the city of St. Anthony Village and the city of Ramsey.
Our advisory committee is growing! This fall, we welcome two new student members from the Department of Political Science: Victoria Nikonov and Ava Thompson. They join a dedicated group of 18 RCP Advisory Committee members that includes faculty, students, and staff from the U of MN, as well as city and county representatives from our past RCP partnerships. Read on to learn more about Victoria and Ava, and the perspectives they bring to their work on the committee.
The Resilient Communities Project accepts Small-Scale Partnership proposals on a rolling basis for a wide range of project topics across all divisions and departments in your agency.