our Practice

The collaborative wants to serve the needs of local community partners in exploring economic opportunities tied the local natural resources by:

  • Building community connections within and between local people, businesses, and institutions
  • Convening diverse local stakeholders and facilitating participatory process to explore new win-win-win bioeconomic opportunities within the community
  • Connecting University of Minnesota scholars, regional and local experts, and new and emerging bioeconomic industries to communities in ways that inform economic and environmental decision making
  • Creating highly-accessible decision support tools to help local communities better understand the relationship between economics, environment, and community well-being