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What We Do

Community Development


Community development is a broad term applied to the practices and academic disciplines of civic leaders, involved citizens and professionals to improve various aspects of local communities; ultimately to improve quality of life in our local communities.

Community development seeks to empower individuals and groups of people by providing these groups with the skills they need to affect change in their own communities. These skills are often concentrated around building local capacity through the formation and facilitation of local community groups working for a common goal.

This is done by providing technical assistance, resources, and information. In addition, information is available in topic areas such Hazard Mitigation, Comprehensive Planning, Zoning, Broadband adoption and connectivity, Sustainability, Local Foods and Energy.

Local Foods Resources



DC Local Foods PP 9/2013

Food Hubs Regional Economics

Central MN Food Hub

Farm to School in Central MN Applied Economic Analysis

SPROUT Business Plan 

Local Food Endeavors within Region Five (as of July 2013)

Energy Resources


RDF Grant Application for Solar Schools Project


Region Five Introduction to Municipal and School District Energy/Wastewater Models & Services

Regional partner experts offer an Introduction to Municipal and School District Energy/Wastewater Models & Services


Including examples of solar energy deployment and/or wastewater treatment facility services and typically funding models.


This video will be followed by a webinar on June 14, 2017 1:30 pm where municipalities and school districts will have a robust discussion and pose questions to video panelist speakers. Sponsored by the National Joint Powers Alliance, Initiative Foundation and Region Five Development Commission.



Announcing DEVELOPMN 2016

A Comprehensive Development Strategy for Greater Minnesota

This plan is a result of a collaborative effort of the members that make up the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations (MADO).  It was developed in order to align strategic economic development efforts throughout Greater Minnesota and leverage resources at all levels for a greater overall development impact.


For specific information on these or any services provided by Region Five Development Commission please contact Dawn Espe at 218-894-3233 x3 or by email at