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All roads lead to thriving communities, and the Initiative Foundation can help you drive impressive results.

The Foundation’s Thriving Communities Initiative is designed to inspire good ideas in community and economic development, focusing on those communities that want to attract and retain skilled workers and young families.

The Thriving Communities Initiative helps entire communities identify their unique assets, their goals and their challenges. With the results, leadership teams guide their communities in the implementation of a locally shared vision and plan of action.  

The Foundation's Thriving Communities Initiative provides Central Minnesota community leaders with customized training and consulting, strategic communications, peer connections and targeted grants. 

Thriving Communities Initiative selection process

Selection for the Thriving Communities Initiative is a competitive process. Just two or three communities are offered the program each year.

The Initiative Foundation provides each community with training, technical assistance, resource referral and an initial grant of $2,500. The Foundation provides up to $20,000 on a matching basis after plans are completed to help move the community forward.



Don Hickman

 Don Hickman
Vice President for Community
 Workforce Development
(320) 631-2043

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