Thriving Communites chooses project list

Task forces to meet April 27 at NJPA

Task forces are being set up to work on the projects identified as priorities  for Staples after several meetings of the Thriving Communities Initiative, a program of the Initiative Foundation.

After a  core team was formed they received training and developed a preliminary plan for dealing with the economics, quality of life and skilled workforce issues in Staples. The ideas were reviewed and tweeked by members of a large  community group at a meeting held March 29. The core team members held a meeting on April 14, reviewed the input from the large community meeting  and voted for their preference.Discussion was held of possible task force members from the community who would be willing to work in any of the three areas.

The initial task forces will assemble Wednesday, April 27, from 5-8 p.m. at National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) in Staples. Each task force will determine projects that are a priority and if they are feasible to begin. They will  hold another meeting in eight months to report back to the community.

 Anyone interested in joining any of the three task forces, contact Staples Economic Development Director Melissa Radermacher;  218-894-2550 or email

The project ideas receiving the most votes were:


Most promising goals/projects:

o Encourage entrepreneurship, create a culture of innovation, encourage start-ups (15)

o Cleanup and improve downtown, fill existing and new,  spaces (15) 

o Housing development incentives/encourage affordable (12)

Quality of Life

Most promising goals/projects:

o Food and entertainment amenities for all ages (bowling, healthy food places, skate park (1) keep- ing the golf course (1), splash pad, (passive and active rec) (14)

o Update and expand community center and programs (13)

o Expand sidewalks, trails, connect and promote (7)

Skilled Workforce

Most promising goals/projects:

o Create a job skills development collaboration between schools/business/Central Lakes College (CLC) (17)

o Strengthen CLC campus programs (licensing, trades, online programs, childcare services for students, housing options) (14)

o More tech/vocational training at middle and high school (9)


Staples World

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 100 Staples, MN 56479 Telephone: (218) 894-1112 - Fax: (218) 894-3570 Toll Free: 1-888-894-1112 E Mail:

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