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    Greater Minnesota Futures Project Now Accepting Applications

    The University of Minnesota Design Center is seeking a small number of communities in Southern Minnesota to participate in a pilot program to use design thinking principles to creatively leverage social, economic, and physical capital through a community driven process to respond to 21st century challenges.

    Selected communities will receive tailored research and guidance over a 12-18 period to chart a pathway forward.

    The pilot is funded by the Minnesota Legislature. While no cash match is required, citizens in participating communities will be expected to contribute time, ideas, and talents to the process.
    Eligible communities must have a population of <5,000. If a cluster of communities chooses to apply together, total population may not exceed 8,000.

    Communities must be located in the one of the following counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Le Sueur, Martin, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, Watonwan, or Winona

    Applications are due MAY 20, 2018.
    Communities will be notified June 1 regarding the status of their application and activities will commence immediately.

    For more details and the application, visit the website(

    If you have questions about the program, contact Mary Vogel, with the Minnesota Design Center, at

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