City of Red Wing



Latest Updates -- Part 4

On May 16, 2018 the Environment Action Team of Red Wing 2040 and members of the Sustainability Commission met to work on developing specific initiatives for the plan related to the draft Goal: Conserve energy and champion renewable energy. Abby Finis, Senior Energy Planner with the Great Plains Institute, provided an Energy report for Red Wing that helps to set the context about how energy is used in the community and where potential targets might be found related to reducing energy use or converting to renewable energy sources. Click to links below to see her presentation. Abby also facilitated small group discussions aimed at developing key community initiatives aimed at Building Efficiency; Transportation; and Clean Energy. A summary report of the workshop and draft priority initiatives can also be viewed at the link below.

Click here to see the Workshop Report

Click here to see the Energy Conversation


On April 26, 2018, more than 200 people attended an Open House at the public library to review revised vision statements and high-level goals. Residents were asked to vote for their top three goals in each of the plan's ten topic areas by placing a green sticker next to their choices. Each of the ten areas now has a vision statement and three top goals, along with two to five secondary goals. The next step is to begin deciding on action steps to accompany each topic areas's goals. In addition, Red Wing 2040 will be going out into areas of the community in June and July to ask the community about options for redeveloping various areas in town. 

Click here to see the Open House results with visions and top goals. 


In February 2018, the 10 Community Action Teams met to discuss summaries of what the community has told us so far. They also met to brainstorm preliminary visions, goals, and action steps for their respective topics. The following documents (below) are meeting notes from each of those action teams. During March and April, staff will be going out into the community to hold focus groups, get general feedback, and start putting together a first draft of visions, goals, and action steps for each topic.


The Economy                                   Housing
Environmental Resiliency            Getting Around
Parks and Land Use                        Lifelong Learning
Physical and Mental Health         Community Connections & Accessible Government
Public Safety                                    Arts & Culture

If you have questions or comments about these meeting notes, please contact any of the three people listed at the bottom of this web page. 

Part 4: Create Community Vision & Action Plans - Timeline of Next Steps

March - April 2018
Staff does community focus groups & online engagement to help draft the 10 topics' visions, goals & action steps

April 26, 2018
Community Open House 

May - June 2018
Meetings and online engagement to discuss neighborhood issues and needs, and get feedback on neighborhood and park improvements 

August 2018
Community gives input into first draft of the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan

September- October 2018
Community reviews and gives feedback into second draft of the Red Wing 2040 Community Plan

November - December 2018
Red Wing 2040 Community Plan is complete; Plan goes to Planning Commission and City Council for approval


Red Wing 2040 Project Overview:  Power Point Here

Red Wing 2040 is our upcoming 20-year plan for the future and YOUR voice is important in creating a plan that's for everyone. 
The planning process consists of four parts throughout 2017 and 2018:

Part 1:  Collect Data and Understand Trends -- January 2017 through May 2017
Part 2:  Listen to Residents -- June 2017 through September 2017
Part 3:  Learn from Other Communities -- October 2017 through November 2017
Part 4:  Community Vision and Action Plans -- January 2018 through November 2018

The link above shows what's been happening over the last year. Everyone is invited to participate. That means YOU!  If you would like to be on an Action Team, or if you have any other questions or comments, please contact one of the people at the bottom of this page. If being part of a Task Force is not your thing, no problem. There will be more ways throughout 2018 to get your voice heard through neighborhood meetings, online tools, and more. Stay tuned! 


Part 1:  Collect Data and Understand Trends
                 Read the 2017 Report Card Here 

Red Wing's first Report Card shares measurements in 10 focus areas about life in Red Wing. See where we stand today so we can decide where we want to go and plan how to get there. Click the link above to see the details and start conversations. What surprised you in the Report Card? Where can you make a difference? Where should we as a community focus our energies for the future? Let us know if you want a presentation about the Report Card and we'll be happy to come to your venue. SEE VIDEO HERE


Part 2:  Listen to Residents

2017 COMMUNITY SURVEY:  The 130+ residents on the Red Wing 2040 Action Teams helped create the 2017 Community Survey, conducted in September 2017. The scientific, random-sample, statistically-significant survey was conducted via cell phones and landlines by Morris Leatherman Company. The survey was conducted using evidence-based methods to ensure the sample was representative of Red Wing's populations. 

Community Survey Highlights - Power Point 
Community Survey Report - Report of Findings
Community Survey Complete Document - Full Questions and Responses 

2017 HISPANIC SURVEY:  Hispanic Outreach and Live Healthy Red Wing worked with the consultant HACER to conduct a survey of Hispanic residents to learn about quality of life topics in Red Wing. The survey was written and conducted in Spanish. A resident Advisory Team of Hispanic and non-Hispanic residents helped create the survey.

Hispanic Survey Highlights - Power Point
Hispanic Survey Report- Executive Summary



Summer Engagement Process and Results:  See the Power Point of what we did and how we did it 

Red Wing 2040 took our "pop-up station" on the road to 14 different community events (including 30 locations at Night to Unite). In total, we reached 1,300 people, who wrote answers to the two questions below. Some people wrote more than one answer to each, so the total number of responses is 4,600.
Question #1: "What do you like most about living in Red Wing?" 
Question #2: "What would make Red Wing a better place to live?" 

Summaries of the 10 Focus Areas of Red Wing 2040:  



Part 3:  Learn from Other Communities


If you missed one or more of the sessions, here are all the videos that each group watched. (Click the event below and the video links will appear.) Share the videos with friends. Discuss them and see what YOU think might work for Red Wing. Residents attended the sessions from October 8 through November 16, 2017. Some videos we watched in their entirety; some we watched particular segments. Residents at each session discussed what ideas stood out to them, and they brought their own ideas, too. We're currently putting all those ideas into a report that we'll share in early January here on the website, on social media, and in other mediums. 

Event #1: The Future Is Now: Being a Sustainable City in a Global World

Originally shown on Wednesday, October 11 at 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Ignite Building

1) Possible Mind-Blowing Statistics from 2050:

2) Today's Top Eco-Friendly Cities:  (Part 1):

(Part 2):

3) Climate Change and the Future of Cities:

4) How Rural Communities Can Thrive in the Future:

Event #2:  Red Wing is ALL of Us: Embracing Diversity to Build a Thriving City (building neighborhoods)

Originally shown on Wednesday, October 18 at 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Ignite Building

1) Neighbors Helping Neighbors:

2) City Small Grant Program:

3) Neighbor Up Program:

Video NOT shown but of interest: Northside Achievement Zone in Northeast Mpls:

Event #3:  Building Smart: Becoming World-Class at Housing and Redevelopment

This event was a live panel discussion with questions from the audience. No videos were shown.
The panel was held on Thursday, November 2 in the Foot Room of the Public Library from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Here is the link to the entire event:

Live Panel Discussion and Questions from Audience in Red Wing:

Event #4:  Happy, Healthy Cities: Revitalizing Public Spaces Through the Arts, Recreation, and Learning

Originally shown on Wednesday, November 8 at 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Foot Room of the Public Library

1) How to Revive a Neighborhood with Imagination, Beauty, and Art:

2) Adding Magic to Public Spaces in Small Towns:

3) Duluth Case Study: Using Recreation to Rebuild a Community:

4) The Arts and Artists as Economic Drivers:

5) Social Connections and Creating Happy Cities:

Event #5:  Creative Economies: Big Ideas for Small Cities to Succeed

Originally shown on Thursday, November 16 at 11:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Foot Room of the Public Library

1) Conventional Economic Development is Dead Wrong:

2) Empty Buildings Tour & Reviving Downtown Buildings:

3) Small Town, Big Changes: Our Local Young People as Our Workforce

4)  Innovation and Marketing Create Economic Success:           

5)  What's Ahead: The Collaborative Economy:


Residents offered hundreds of ideas during the meetings. Overarching themes that came from the series are 1) Red Wing has an abundant amount of people, talent, and resources to get things done, and we need to rely on our own resources to put things in motion and make things happen. 2) People want to think outside the box to find solutions.  3) Collaboration is necessary.  4) Success depends on our ability to focus together toward tangible outcomes.

Full Report of events and community input HERE

(Short summary of the larger report to come)


Message from the Mayor

Dear Red Wing Citizens:

Red Wing is poised to take advantage of a number of great opportunities right now and we need everyone’s help charting our town’s future. As mayor, I’m inviting you to become involved. Your input is needed because the initiative’s final product – a comprehensive community plan - will help shape Red Wing for the next 20 years, as well as focus efforts toward short-term goals, priorities, and projects. You can follow the progress of this effort and learn about ways to become involved on this website.

Sean M. Dowse, Mayor of the City of Red Wing
March, 2017

Contact us for more information:

Brian Peterson, Special Projects Manager, City of Red Wing: 651-385-3617;
Michelle Leise, Community Engagement Specialist, City of Red Wing: 651-385-3618;
Sean Dowse, Mayor, City of Red Wing: 651-388-5935; 

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