City of Red Wing

Red Wing Idea Slam Brings Citizens Together for Community Growth Projects

Tuesday, January 17 2012 12:00 AM

The Red Wing Entrepreneurial Community Growth Initiative Idea Slam brought 100 participants together to asset map, generate project ideas, present ideas and vote on Quick-Start projects. The Saturday event was well-attended by both long-time citizens and people new to the Red Wing area who came to brainstorm, network, and make vital connections on ideas to help support entrepreneurial efforts in our community. Participants were welcomed by Mayor Dennis Egan and Tim Penny, who is a board member of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Twenty-seven participants presented ideas for Quick-Start projects, and everyone in attendance voted on projects to move forward to the grant application round. Seven projects were advanced, including the following:
1) Downtown Creative Business Center
2) Red Wing App/Museum Gallery Brochures
3) Building Bridges/Chinese exchange
4) Freeport Project
5) Grain Silo Murals
6) Healthy Foods/Red Wing Farmer's Market
7) Friends of the Bluff

Project teams have six weeks to develop a business plan that will include matching funding and in-kind donations. The grant presentation round will be held at the Red Wing Library Foot Room on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 PM. This will be a public meeting, but the Red Wing CGI Core Leadership Team will enter into closed session at the end to select the grant recipients who will share in all or part of $20,000.

Special thanks to Pam Bishop of SMIF and members of the Core Leadership Team, including John Anderes, Tao Peng, Linda Theilbar, Julie Eckstrom, Michelle Leise, Jay Owens, Nancy Kafka, Karsten Anderson, Brian Cashman, Marilyn Meinke, Anna Favors, Megan Amsden, and Katie Hardyman for helping to make the Idea Slam a success.

Contact Community Coordinator Leanne Knott at 651-385-3619 or email at for further questions.