Skip to comments.Federally Funded Plan to Kick-Start Central MN Economy Gains Ground
Posted on 05/20/2011 8:04:25 PM PDT by wheresmyusa
University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students will all be part of a federally funded plan meant to kick-start the Central Minnesota economy that begins taking shape next week.
The first part of the plan begins next week in Baxter, Minnesota, with working groups made up of area residents set to focus on the state's economy and sustainable housing and transportation.
The university says the meetings, which begin Tuesday, May 24th, are the first step in a two-year effort to help provide direction in areas such as transportation, housing and land use.
The work groups are the result of an $825,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), according to the U of M.
Residents from Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd and Wadena Counties will be involved in the project.
"The people of central Minnesota have faced an increasingly uncertain future in light of changes in our country's economy, demographics and energy prices and options, U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnership program director Kathryn Draeger said in a statement.
The U of M's Regional Sustainable Development Partnership program is a co-sponsor of the project.
"Until now, the region has never had the resources to develop an integrated, long-term plan for sustainable development. This community driven, university-assisted project jumpstarts those efforts to ensure planning is done in a big-picture way that will tangibly improve the lives of residents and visitors in this century and beyond."
The university says the project aims to "crystallize" the needs of the region through a step-by-step plan for social, economic and land use vitality.
$825 thousand and not one single word about what they'll spend it on.
This is Agenda 21 crap.
A.K.A. “Winning The Future”?
Almost a million bucks thrown down a rat hole. The liberal academics and drones will party with it as long as it lasts then you’ll never hear about this again.
Professional fees. Meetings. Junkets. Professional fees. Studies. Entertainment. Professional fees. More junkets.
And, in the end, there will be a PowerPoint presentation and everybody will get a fancy notebook full of graphs and charts...and a snappy slogan.
Then, there will be another grant request for additional funds to "implement" the findings.
Ah, but we will know why there are South American Burrowing Rodents that scratch there testicles after eating fruit. And, we will finally understand the mating habits of Delta smelt. These are things that the world must know in order to reach total consciousness and elightenment.