RDC asks county for input on critical challenges

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

With offices in Appleton, the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission serves the planning and economic development needs of local units of government in Swift, Chippewa, Yellow Medicine, Lac qui Parle and Big Stone counties.

It helps counties, cities and townships with infrastructure planning, comprehensive community plans, zoning, grant writing and administration, recreational development surveys and hazard mitigation planning. It is funded through the State of Minnesota and by tax levies in the five counties.

After she outlined the service the RDC provides to the Swift County Board of Commissioners at their meeting July 16, Executive Director Dawn Hegland had a question for board members.

 “What the RDC board is asking is what are a couple strategic issues in the region we can help with?” Hegland said. The RDC would be willing to allocate staff time to these priorities. It would facilitate bringing people together in the region for discussions of critical topics.

“We hosted a housing forum this past winter. A lot of people came and said it was really valuable,” Hegland said. Those at the forum learned from one another what they could do on housing issues in their communities.

“What are one or two things that are keeping you up at night?” Hegland asked. “As you think about the needs of the county or the needs in your jurisdiction that you represent, I would love to hear from you.” It is a question that she is posing to each of the county boards that she meets with, Hegland said...


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