Local Initiatives

The local initiatives section provides access to communities for a lifetime efforts occurring at the neighborhood, city and county level around the state.  While not all of these communities would describe their civic work as "building communities for a lifetime," they are included here because they align with the core elements of the communities for a lifetime concept and meet certain criteria. 

Local initiatives posted on this website:

  • Pursue community improvements in a defined geographical area
  • Include aging and disability information and perspectives in community planning 
  • Collaborate across sectors, interest groups, and segments of the population
  • Pursue and achieve improvements to physical, social and/or service infrastructure that benefit residents of all ages and abilities 
  • Maintain a project website or have a designated project contact person

An assortment of community features and services -- parks and trails, libraries, community centers, grocery stores, aging services providers -- make up communities for a lifetime.  However, this section is not an attempt to list local examples of these community features and services, but rather to gather together a list of broader, community-wide initiatives to plan, develop and improve the whole community.        

There are many social and community services that help residents live out their lives successfully in the community.  To review or access services in your community, visit www.MinnesotaHelp.info  

If you are aware of additional local initiatives that you think meet these criteria, please submit suggestions to DHS.lifetime@state.mn.us, including the community sponsor, title and internet location of the initiative.

Please note:  The State of Minnesota does not endorse the approach of any specific initiative listed below.  Also, coordinators and stakeholders of the local initiatives listed below have not volunteered to serve as mentors or educators to peers.  However, courteous contacts by phone or e-mail might yield valuable advice and assistance.

Neighborhood Level Initiatives

City/Town/Township Level Initiatives

County Level Initiatives

Please note: The State of Minnesota does not endorse the approach of any specific initiative listed below.  Also, coordinators and stakeholders of the local initiatives listed below have not volunteered to serve as mentors or educators to peers.  However, courteous contacts by phone or e-mail might yield valuable advice and assistance.  

If you are aware of additional neighborhood level initiatives related to communities for a lifetime, please submit suggestions to DHS.lifetime@state.mn.us, including the community sponsor, title and internet location of the initiative.

Assistance

Assistance with building communities for a lifetime is available through Minnesota's regional Area Agencies on Aging and ElderCare Development Partnerships, and at the state level through project Transform 2010, in partnership with the Minnesota's Board on Aging, Department of Human Services Disability Services Division, and Department of Health. 

The goal of this assistance is to help communities build a community for a lifetime by defining and pursuing their own vision, and by leveraging local leadership, partnerships and resources.  The regional and state level initiative contacts listed below inform and support communities that wish to:

  • Gather and interpret local demographic data
  • Assess community assets, needs and opportunities
  • Identify local and regional partners
  • Connect with peers doing similar work in the region
  • Answer questions about aging services 
  • Develop a planning and implementation process
  • Identify regional, state, and national resources, including potential funding 

Central Region
Counties served: Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lac, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, and Wright

Metro Region
Counties served: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington
Northeast Region
Counties served: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis
Northwest Region
Counties served: Becker, Beltrami, Clay, Clearwater, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Polk, Pope, Red Lake, Roseau, Stevens, Traverse, and Wilkin
Southeast Region
Counties served: Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona.
Southwest Region
Counties served: Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac qui Parle, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Renville, Rock, Sibley, Swift, Waseca, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine
Statewide

LaRhae Knatterud, Project Consultant
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Board on Aging
DHS.lifetime@state.mn.us 
651-431-2606