STAPLES — Region Five Development Commission recently announced the release of the Equity Action Guide for Rural Communities, according to a news release.

This action guide was created by a team of community champions from Growth & Justice with the support of the Region Five Development Commission staff and project team members.

The Equity Action Guide responds to requests from rural Minnesotans and was created as a road map on how to create equitable economic ecosystems.

The guide shares stories from people who have worked on equity and inclusion in small- to mid-sized communities for a long time. The case studies in the guide are intentionally gathered from Greater Minnesota and are rooted in Minnesota and Midwestern good instincts and emerging practices in equitable and inclusive community and economic development, the news release stated.

The creation of this guide and the larger effort to foster regional shared prosperity is led by the E3 project team at Region Five in central Minnesota. It is funded by the Northwest Area Foundation with additional support from the McKnight Foundation, Blandin Foundation and Sourcewell.

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