ACT on Alzheimer's - Taking it to the Streets
Pictured L to R: Sandi Lubrant, Geri Svaleson, Kim Alinder, Kim Hanson, Donnette Wheelock, Drew Hood, Christine Nessler, Sharon Chader, Kristin Ziemke, Nancy Goodwin, and Kelly Krumwiede

On Monday, May 16, the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's Team, dressed in purple attire, hit the streets of North Riverfront Drive, Mankato and Belgrade Avenue, North Mankato to encourage local businesses to become more dementia friendly.  Members of the local ACT on Alzheimer's team are offering a free training to
Watch the Alzheimer's Associaton's new video featuring the Mankato/North Mankato ACT Team
Watch the Alzheimer's Association's new video featuring the Mankato/North Mankato ACT Team
 businesses from the Alzheimer's Association called 
  Dementia Friendly @ Work.    The training focuses on  understanding dementia and taking action to create an environment that is safe, respectful, and welcoming for people living with dementia.
Click to watch the KEYC segment  from May 16th!  

Region Nine serves as the host organization for the Mankato/North Mankato ACT on Alzheimer's Action Team. 

2015 Annual Report for Region Nine
Region Nine Development Commission presents the 2015 Annual Report. This report contains an overview of programs and projects Region Nine worked on in fiscal year 2015 (July 2014-June 2015).

"These accomplishments are made possible not only by our staff, but by the continued support of our commissioners and partners in the region. With their participation and engagement, Region Nine is able to stay at the forefront of regional issues and continue to promote the development of the region." 
- Region Nine Executive Director, Nicole Griensewic Mickelson
Introducing Barb Dressen, New Executive Assistant to  the Executive Director
Barb Dressen,
Executive Assistant
(507) 389-8864

Barb Dressen, f ormerly an Administrative Supervisor for DuPont Pioneer, has joined Region Nine as an Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. Dressen was drawn to Region Nine's community and economic development work and the new challenges the position will bring. 

"I am really interested in the value that Region Nine brings to the area and I'm excited to be part of it. "
- Barb Dressen
Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and Health Impact Assessment Progress
The Climate Change Adaption Task Force (CCATF), lead by Region Nine,  has spent the past year  developing region specific climate change adaptation strategies. Through this process, Region Nine felt it was important to focus not only on the area's infrastructure
adaptability, but also on the health and well-being of the affected residents. To accomplish this, Region Nine was awarded a grant from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to conduct a Heath Impact Assesment on the adaptation strategies developed by CCATF. The Region Nine HIA Committee and MDH will analyze each adaptation strategy to determine any negative or positive environmental and health-related impacts on the region. 
"We are currently determining which health effects will be evaluated. The next step is to conduct an assessment of the affected populations, including research and data analysis," said Jacob Thunander, Region Nine Project Development Planner.  
Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partner Launch
Pictured L-R:  Greater MSP CEO, Michael Langley; U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Jay Williams; and IEDC President & CEO, Jeff Finkle

The  Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership (MMMP)  launched on Tuesday, May 10th at CHS Field in Saint Paul, MN. It is part of the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) started by the Obama Administration to promote the revival of manufacturing in communities on a national scale.  Region Nine was awarded a federal EDA grant to provide technical assistance and business recruitment and retention planning to attract medical device manufacturers to the region. Region Nine Executive Director, Nicole Griensewic Mickelson serves on the MMMP Executive Committee.
Your Input is Requested
Are you looking for ways to save money on your energy bill while also helping the environment? The Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force (RETF) is conducting a survey regarding local interest in community solar energy gardens. The goal of this survey is to create informational workshops on solar gardens that community members will find valuable. 
Early Bird Registration 
Feast! Local Foods Marketplace! is now accepting applications for this year's event, December 2nd and 3rd in Rochester, MN.   Early Bird applicants will save money and have the opportunity to select their booth location. Don't  miss out on one of the largest local foods showcases in the tri-state area including Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The Early Bird Special is valid until June 15th.   Click on the links below to apply.
Youth Commissioners Still Needed For Region Nine!
Region Nine is seeking to fill an open Youth Commissioner seat on its Commission. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain skills that can be applied to future careers in the public, private, or non-profit sectors. 

$$  Grant Funding Opportunitie $$
One Watershed, One Plan Program: The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) has grants available to develop plans for this new approach to clean water management.  Deadline for applications is June 17, 2016. Learn more.

Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG): The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has $44 million in funds available for agricultural producers to enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of bio-based, value added products. Generating new products, creating and expanding marketing opportunities, and increasing producer income are the goals of this program. Deadline for electronic applications is June 24, 2016 and paper applications is July 1, 2016.   Learn more.

Grant Writing
If you are interested in applying for funding and need assistance with the grant writing process, contact Region Nine's Resource Development Planner Brent Pearson, at , or by phone at (507) 389-8867.
Upcoming Events:

June 1 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Central Business Development Network Meeting
Mankato Workforce Center

June 7 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
How Does FSMA Impact Your Business? 
Free Informational Session and Expert Panel, RSVP requested
South Central Conference Center, North Mankato

June 8 | 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
RNDC Board of Directors Meeting
Intergovernmental Center, Third Floor Conference Room, Mankato
June 10 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Region Nine Renewable Energy Task Force Meeting
Intergovernmental Center, Minnesota Valley Room, Mankato
June 17 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Community & Economic Development Planning Committee Meeting
Intergovernmental Center, Minnesota Valley Room, Mankato

June 22 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
3rd Annual RNDC Regional Bus Tour 
Mankato, Lake Crystal and Madelia

June 22 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
RNDC Annual Meeting 
Intergovernmental Center, Mankato Room, Mankato