Resilient Communities Project

Scott County is partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP) to advance and implement key “resilience planning” recommendations coming out of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The County and University students and faculty are collaborating on more than a dozen multidisciplinary projects that advance community resilience, such as investigating self-serve libraries, planting edible landscapes, diversifying agricultural production, managing hazardous waste, improving early childhood education, fostering employer-assisted housing, increasing participation in rental-assistance programs, planning for autonomous vehicles, promoting active living, and investigating the cost of services in rural areas.  Click here to review all of the research projects in Scott County.  The 2040 Plan includes goals, policies and strategies that are intended to position Scott County to be more resilient in the face of rapid change.  Resilient communities have the capacity to respond, adapt, and thrive after unforeseen shocks, changes or stresses to our social, economic, or natural systems.

Celebrate with us at the Scott County Fair this July!

Please join us in celebrating the work of the students and the success of the partnership this year at the Scott County Fair. Stop by the county government booth in Commercial Building #11 any time when visiting the Fair to see posters with research findings and outcomes from some of the 14 research projects. A special event will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm at the booth where you can hear from students and staff about the unique projects and learn more about the partnership. 

RCP's End-of-Year Celebration Showcases Student's Work on Campus

On Thursday, May 9, University of Minnesota faculty and students celebrated with public officials and staff from Scott and Ramsey Counties at the Resilient Communities Project’s 2019 End-of-Year Celebration, held at the Coffman Memorial Student Union on the UM campus.

During the two-and-a half hour event, students presented nearly two dozen posters representing their work on 28 projects that were part of this year’s RCP partnerships with Scott County and Ramsey County. Posters highlighted the findings and recommendations from some of the more than 70 student teams from across 25 academic departments at the University of Minnesota that participated in the partnerships.

County Partners with UM Housing Students to Promote Voucher Initiative

A student developed informational flyer for tenants.

In Spring 2019, students in a University course (Housing Development and Management) collaborated with the Scott County Community Development Agency (CDA) to promote government voucher programs to landlords as part of an RCP project. Click here to read a blog on this unique project.   

Measuring Costs of Services for Rural Land Uses 

Scott County staff collaborated with students and faculty to conduct a cost of community services study of the County's three broad rural land-use categories: Agricultural Preservation (with a residential density of 1 housing unit per 40 acres), Rural Residential (residential density of 1 housing unit per 2.5 acres), and Rural Commercial/Industrial. Click here for more information on this unique study.

A New Chapter for Scott County Libraries

In Minnesota communities, libraries serve many needs—offering meeting space for local groups, community education classes, youth literacy programs, and WiFi-equipped public workspaces, to name a few. In Scott County, a relatively new concept known as "open libraries" seeks to revolutionize the role of libraries and expand accessibility for all users. As part of its spring 2019 partnership with the Resilient Communities Project, Scott County is collaborating with students at the University of Minnesota and St. Catherine University on an Open Self-Serve Library Feasibility Assessment project that seeks to explore this idea further. Click here for more information on this unique study.

Planning for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles in Scott County

Students showcased their final projects throughout the winter at events held here in Scott County and on the UM campus. These events were opportunities for local staff, stakeholders and policy-makers to review and consider some of the innovative ideas or recommendations coming out of each semester-long research project. One poster session event focused on planning for Scott County's transportation renaissance and the future of autonomous and connected vehicles. Click here to learn more about this event. 
Planning For CAVs Flyer 

UM RCP Student Fall Field Trips

In Fall 2018, several UM students conducted class site visits to Scott County to view the "lay of the land" before digging into their research topics. Students toured the CHS grain terminal at the Ports of Savage to consider how a multi-modal freight location (truck, barge, rail) could evolve over time with the introduction of autonomous trucks and vehicles.  Another class toured the rolling farmland around Jordan to evaluate the impact perennial crops could have on the landscape. To learn more about the Diversifying Agricultural Land with Perennial Crops and Creating an Edible Landscape student projects, click here



UM RCP at the Scott County Fair

In Summer 2018, Scott County formally kicked off the partnership with the University of Minnesota at the county's biggest gathering - the County Fair. Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth to learn more about this unique program.  Fair goers had an opportunity to complete an on-line survey around a handful of community resilience topics.

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly over the next year to see important notices and information related to the Resilient Communities Project. 

Questions and comments

Please send your questions or comments on the Resilient Communities Project via email, phone, or mail to the following:

Brad Davis, AICP
Planning Manager/UMRCP County Coordinator
Scott County
Community Services Division 
200 Fourth Avenue West
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379-1220