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Ruth Ann Hanson, Chamber Area Director
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Healthy Communities Partnership Update - Brainerd 10/15/2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lisa Paxton and I attended the Healthy Communities Partnership (HCP) informational meeting last night at the Brainerd Fire Station. Dan Frank from the Initiative Foundation and Mark Ostgarden, Brainerd City Planner, led the presentation and discussion.

The HCP program helps communities determine their assets, challenges, and goals and then, trains citizens to mobilize local resources and achieve results over 18 months. Selected communities receive an initial grant of $10,000 as well as technical assistance...>learn more

Nearby past HCP participants include Baxter; Crosslake; Nisswa; Pequot Lakes, Breezy Point, Jenkins & Sibley Township; Staples; Wadena.

The Brainerd City Council had approved submitting an application 6-1 at their September 21 meeting. Four communities are selected each year. The pre-application meeting is November 10 at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls with the application due December 15. Selection of communities to the program occurs in January.


Emily Northey, Chamber Main Street Coordinator, enorthey@explorebrainerdlakes.com.

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