City of Red Wing

Red Wing Entrepreneurial Community Growth Initiative Idea Slam - Jan. 14th at Southeast Technical College 9 AM

Wednesday, December 7 2011 12:00 AM

Red Wing Entrepreneurial Community Growth Initiative

What is it?
The Red Wing Entrepreneurial CGI is an asset-based community development action plan for expanding emerging workforce and emerging businesses. The CGI is a four-five month guided process of asset mapping, visioning, planning, project implementation and evaluation. Up to $20,000.00 in grant funding is available for entrepreneurial not-for-profit projects.

What is our vision?
Red Wing will nurture an entrepreneurial culture that recognizes new leaders and results in new opportunities.

How are the entrepreneurial projects selected?
A community-wide Idea Slam will be held at Minnesota state college - Southeast Technical on Saturday, January 14th from 9:00-1:00. The Idea Slam will be an opportunity for everyone to share ideas, brainstorm and identify projects, vote on Quick-Start Project(s) and "step-up" to make a community contribution. Lunch will be provided to participants.

What is the role of the Core Leadership Team and what is their role in the project implementation phase?
The Core Leadership Team represents leaders selected from all sectors of the community. The CLT will become the financial review committee for project-related expenditures during the project implementation phase.

What are the desired commitments from the community?
The community will commit to efforts to generate matching funds up to $20,000.00 with local fundraising and in-kind support, up to 75% of which may be in in-kind donations and at least 25% at time of presentation to the Core Leadership Team. The community will also identify Quick-Start Project(s) and an Implementation Plan with volunteer opportunities for everyone.

What are some exclusions for the grant funding?
Funds for the Quick-Start Project(s) cannot support infrastructure, capital improvements or private business.

January 14th Idea Slam event flyer.

Learn more about the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

Case studies from other southern Minnesota grant communities Part 1.

Case studies from other southern Minnesota grant communities Part 2.

Questions? Contact Community Coordinator Leanne Knott at 651-385-3619 or email at



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