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Crossroads Resource Center
Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis (http://www.crcworks.org/), holds 35 years experience in community capacity building as an administrator, researcher, journalist, and educator.
Meter coordinated public process and indicator development for the city of Minneapolis Sustainability Plan, and directed a similar process in city neighborhoods. His pioneering "Finding Food in Farm Country," and "Neighborhood Income Statement and Balance Sheet" studies have helped spark local development in locales across the U.S.
Meter taught economics and journalism at the University of Minnesota and economics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he also served under a mid-career Public Service Fellowship. Meter also taught political science and community studies at Metropolitan State University.
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- Community Sustainability Assessment Tool
This useful tool, available free online, has been developed to assist communities to assess their accomplishments and to help them move toward sustainability.
- Local Comprehensive Planning and Sustainability
This excellent guide based on the principles of sustainable development and community-based planning seeks to assist citizens interested in shaping the future of their community.
- Metropolitan Design Center
Research, education and assistance in the areas of urban design, landscape architecture, planning, and GIS is available for cities, civic groups and nonprofit organizations statewide.
- Minnesota Design Team
The mission of the Minnesota Design Team is to foster healthy communities throughout Minnesota, with special concern for the needs of small towns in Greater Minnesota, by increasing community awareness of the benefits of quality design through charrettes.
- Minnesota GreenStep Cities
A statewide sustainability best practices program launched by the League of MN Cities and others for all MN cities.
- Minnesota Rural Partners
The MRP's primary role is to build partnerships across levels of government and with the private sector, both for profit and nonprofit. The partnerships built and resources pooled result in greater effectiveness and efficiency.
- New Urbanism Best Practices Guide
This is the fourth edition of this definitive reference guide and technical manual for New Urbanist ideas, practices, and projects.
- Smart Growth Network
Excellent resources to facilitate development that better serves the economic, environmental and social needs of communities. Susbscribe to their e-newsletter showcasing the best tools developed across the country.
- Sustainability Indicators in Minnesota and Beyond
Detail on Minneapolis's indicators and other resources.