Community and Local Government Relations

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With over 67,000 students and 26,000 employees across the U of M system, the impact of the University of Minnesota is felt in every local economy and every community.

U of M excellence attracts students from across the world. It grows our local economies. It makes our communities more vibrant.

Results require partnership. In carrying out our mission of education, research, and public engagement, we not only produce innovative ideas and a skilled workforce: we partner with communities and local units of government.

We are committed to working closely with our many partners for the good of all our communities.

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University District Alliance

The Alliance is a partnership of communities, learning institutions, and the City of Minneapolis that works to make the area surrounding the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis one that: capitalizes on its exceptional resources; is vibrant, safe, healthy, and sustainable; and is a preferred place for people of all ages to live, work, learn, visit and make community enhancing investments.

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Good Neighbor Fund

Formed with the purpose of enhancing and protecting the beauty, serenity, and security of the community we are part of, the University of Minnesota has awarded more than half a million dollars of Good Neighbor Fund grants to community and local government partners.