Regional Development Commissions & Initiative Funds
Community and Economic Development
State Agencies and Departments
Sustainability & the Environment
Academic & Policy Research
Foundations & Non-profits


Regional Development Commissions & Initiative Funds

Minnesota Regional Development Organizations

Northwest Regional Development Commission (Region 1, Warren)

Headwaters Regional Development Commission (Region 2, Bemidji)

Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (Region 3, Duluth)

West Central Initiative (Region 4, Fergus Falls)

Region 5 Regional Development Commission (Region 5, Staples)

Mid-Minnesota Regional Development Commission (Region 6E, Willmar)

Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (Region 6W, Appleton)

East Central Regional Development Commission (Region 7E, Mora)

Southwest Regional Development Commission (Region 8, Slayton)

Region Nine Development Commission (Region 9, Mankato)

Northwest Minnesota Foundation (Bemidji)

Northland Foundation (Duluth)

West Central Initiative Fund (Fergus Falls)

Initiative Foundation (Little Falls)

Southwest Minnesota Foundation (Hutchinson)

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (Owatonna)

Community and Economic Development

Association of Minnesota Counties

Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities

Enterprise Minnesota

League of Minnesota Cities

Minnesota Telecom Alliance

Minnesota Rural Education Association

Minnesota Center for Rural Health

Minnesota Institute of Public Health

National Rural Health Association

Center for Small Towns, University of Minnesota, Morris

Minnesota High Tech Association

Northern Great Plains Inc.

USDA Rural Information Center

National Rural Development Partnership

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

League of Rural Voters

National Rural Assembly

The Rural School and Community Trust

The Rural School and Community Trust- MN

Center for Rural Affairs


State Agencies and Departments

Department of Agriculture

USDA Rural Development- MN

Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)

State Demographic Center

Land Management Information Center

Department of Health

Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care

Rural Assistance Center

Department of Natural Resources

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Minnesota Office of Tourism

Department of Transportation

Department of Education

Department of Commerce

Public Utilities Commission

Department of Management and Budget

Department of Labor & Industry

Department of Revenue

Minnesota Housing Finance Authority

Minnesota Historical Society

Sustainability & The Environment

American Farmland Trust

Smart Communities Network

Minnesota Environmental Initiative

Minnesota Land Trust

Mississippi Headwaters Board

1000 Friends of Minnesota

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center


Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse

National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Academic & Policy Research

Minnesota Knows

Rural Policy Research Institute


University of Minnesota Extension

University of Minnesota: Department of Applied Economics

University of Minnesota: Department of Family Social Science: Rural MN Life

University of Minnesota: College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences

Economic Research Service, USDA

Center for Transportation Studies

Kellogg Collection of Rural Community Development Resources



Rural People, Rural Policy


Foundations & Non-profits

Blandin Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Minnesota Council of Non-profits


Bush Foundation

Center for Rural Strategies

Farm Foundation


Minnesota Department of Agriculture

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Agriculture- Rural Development


American Farm Bureau

Minnesota Farm Bureau

National Farmers’ Union

Minnesota Farmers’ Union

Minnesota Extension Service

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Center for Farm Financial Management

Minnesota Agriculture Education Leadership Council