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Deep Dive with Region Five

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Sharing community and economic development information and program updates for Region 5 in Central Minnesota.
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Listen as Katie Retka, Adrienne Benjamin,  and Erica Bjelland share details about the beautiful Wayfinding Project created by the Welcoming Advocacy Group in Little Falls. This project ties together the themes of cultural resources with the history of how energy and natural resources have shaped our local community.  Visit regionfive.org/welcoming-communities to learn more.
Learn more about Welcoming Advocacy Group Go North. Guests include Kathy Hachey, Go North; Tom Lillehei, Breezy Point,  and Dawn Espe, Sr. Regional Development Planner at R5DC.Visit regionfive.org/welcoming-communities to learn more.
Learn more about the launch of the Rural Communities Equity Action Guide. Guests include Martin Jennings, Program Officer at the Northwest Area Foundation; Jane Leonard, President at Growth & Justice; and Dawn Espe, Sr. Regional Development Planner at R5DC.Visit regionfive.org/equity to learn more.
We share details about renewable energy and energy planning in our region. Guests include BJ Allen and Jason Edens, JBJ World; Cheryal Hills and Erica Bjelland, R5DC & NCEDA.Learn more at regionfive.org/eep
We share details about the Transportation Advisory Council in Central MN. Guests include Steve Voss, MN Department of Transportation; Tim Bray, Crow Wing County; Chuck Parins, Morrison County Public Works and R5DC Township Representative for Morrison County; Tad Erickson, R5DC Senior Regional Planner. Learn more at regionfive.org.For more information about MnDOT, listeners can go to MnDOT’s website at MnDOT.gov.  From this website, you can access the MnDOT District 3 website by going to the left side of the opening page, finding the statewide map, and clicking on the “Central MN” area.  You can also reach Steve Voss directly by phone at (218) 828-5779 or by e-mail at steve.voss@state.mn.us.
Sprout Marketplace

Sprout Marketplace

2020-11-0236:24

In this episode, we talk about a creative placemaking and local foods endeavor at Sprout Marketplace in Little Falls, MN. Sprout is strategically shaped around food, art and culture to develop community. Guests for this episode include Dawn Espe, R5DC, and Arlene Jones and Fallon Ryan from Sprout.  You will also hear some of the ways Sprout has adjusted since the COVID-19 pandemic.
Join us for Part 2 of our military connected programs! This episode features special guests Tiffany Kovaleski, MN State Coordinator for Building Healthy Military Communities and R5DC Senior Regional Planner Staci Headley. Our discussion centers around three programs: Regional Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, Regional Military & Veterans Exchange and the VetCSA program. Visit regionfive.org/military-connections for more information. 
Military Connections

Military Connections

2020-07-1627:22

Learn more about our military connected programs! This episode features special guests former Command Sargeant Major Matt Erickson and Veterans Service Officer and Mayor of Sebeka David Anderson and R5DC & NCEDA Executive Director Cheryal Hills. The focus of our conversation is on two programs: Regional Beyond the Yellow Ribbon and Regional Military & Veterans Exchange. Visit regionfive.org/military-connections for more information. 
In this episode, we share R5DC and NCEDA staff member introductions. Learn more about who we are, what we do, and what we love about working here!
R5DC Overview

R5DC Overview

2020-02-2521:38

In this first episode of Deep Dive, R5DC Executive Director Cheryal Hills shares an overview of Region Five Development Commission and North Central Economic Development Association.
We share details about the Regional Transportation Coordinating Council for Region 5 in Central MN. Guests include Matt Kallroos, R5DC Regional Planner, Theresa Eclov, Executive Director of Faith in Action; Jan Lambert, R5DC Commissioner and Brainerd City Council member; Tom Gottfried, Executive Director at Minnesota Department of Transportation - Minnesota Council on Transportation Access (MCOTA). Learn more at www.regionfive.org/rtcc.
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