Help create a vision for Rush City’s future

Residents of all ages encouraged to RSVP now for community meeting Feb. 27 at Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge—

Rush City is asking for the community’s help in creating a vision for a brighter future.

People of all generations are encouraged to attend a community meeting to address this quality of life issue while enjoying a free meal from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Spare Room at Chucker’s Bowl & Lounge, 1270 W. Third St., in Rush City.

NW RCmtg-citylogoParticipants must RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 20, and the meeting is limited to the first 200 people. Respond by emailing [email protected] or calling 320-358-4743.

The Initiative Foundation, based in Little Falls, Minn., has given Rush City the green light to participate in the Thriving Communities Initiative, a program that has a successful track record in the region in helping communities identify their unique assets, goals and challenges.

With the results, leadership teams guide their communities in forming a locally shared vision and plan of action through the use of awarded grant money.

In Rush City, Initiative Foundation member Dan Frank explained the program to city economic development leaders and city staff during an informational meeting last year. The city then formed a team of 26 members from the Rush City area, completed an application and began meeting on a monthly basis since October. The program typically lasts about a year.

“The process required forming a team of people from different interests in the community such as local government, education, commercial and health,” Jamie Scheffer, planning and economic development assistant for the city, said last fall. “The goal was to get a diverse group of people interested in coming together and doing something for the community.”

Now that the last of these trainings has been held, the goal is to have 200 people gather for the Feb. 27 communitywide event where the team will present a plan for residents to review.

Again, participants must RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 20.

Scheffer noted the foundation gives out a $20,000 grant, which the team would need to match with $10,000. At the trainings, she noted, the team generated some ideas that will be revised after they are presented to the community.

“At the meeting (Feb. 27), we will also ask for volunteers from the community to be on task forces to help out with the projects,” Scheffer said.

The task force groups will meet once a month, and after a year, the community can receive another $10,000 grant with another $10,000 match to continue working on the projects.

For more information, contact Scheffer at 320-358-4743 or [email protected]

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