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The Foundation for Regeneration is an NGO dedicated to creating meaningful demonstrations that showcase the promise of Regeneration. FFR’s work is at the intersection of economic development, social equity, and ecological health. 

In partnership with the EDCKC and IDA, the Foundation for Regeneration has put together a team to improve both the competitiveness and the sustainability for the Blue River Valley integrating industry, community, and nature.

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Part I (by January 10, 2022)

  • Engage key officials to integrate ideas and stakeholder buy-in around a maximum of 5 overarching goals that will be used as a criteria to guide project selection.

  • Deliverable: Create a shareable boilerplate list of policy, programs, and projects that best articulates public and private funding opportunities for economic development in the Blue River Valley.

Part II (by February 28, 2022):

  • Review the 2017 Blue River Valley Redevelopment Opportunity Assessment plan and other plans specifically for (or including) the BRV with stakeholders, existing anchor tenants, sponsors, and consultants answering three key questions on listening tour:

    • We're the intended recommendations implemented? If not, why?

    • What key learnings came as part of the implementation process?

    • What could be done now to stimulate the desired outcome?  

  • Review similar situations nationally that have resulted in exemplary outcomes that would inform the potential future work in the BRV.  Create an intervention roadmap that addresses gaps discovered and a further articulated vision of the “Ecodustrial Park” concept specific to BRV.

  • Build a master list of projects and identify the best opportunities for value creation  across different cost basis (low to high), implementation timelines (fast to slow), categorical weightings (commercial viability, social equity, and environmental responsibility) and scales (site, neighborhood, watershed scale) that will enable positive growth.


  • Written report and verbal presentation to the EDC and other stakeholders covering:

    • Listening tour results interviewing stakeholders on stated questions

    • Review of outcomes of similar situations nationally 

    • Intervention roadmap and articulated vision of the “Eco-Industrial Park” concept

  • Master list of projects and recommendations for the best opportunities for value creation as initial pilot projects to fund for Phase II.

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