For Immediate Release
July 21, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will soon recognize Itasca County for its effective use of Legacy funds to make the region better. At the June 24 county board meeting, the organizations plan to present the county with a plaque to highlight its enthusiastic embrace of the goals of Legacy funds.
In 2008, the voters of Minnesota overwhelmingly approved the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment which added 3/8 of one percent to the state’s sales tax, and dedicated the revenue to projects that would help preserve the state’s arts and outdoors legacy.
Since its inception, Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts have traveled around the state highlighting the places in the state where the funds are best being put to use to serve the intent of the amendment. Be it with cleaner lakes, expanded trails or public art projects, every resident of Minnesota has benefited from the program. Neither Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, nor Conservation Minnesota receives any Legacy funding.
This year, eleven municipalities will be recognized for their roles in utilizing Legacy funding to make their communities better. This year’s legacy destinations are: Austin, Duluth, Edina, Ely, Itasca County, Mankato, Marshall, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Saint Paul and Rochester. In addition to the cities, the organizations are also singling out a handful of organizations as legacy partners. Earlier this year they recognized Ducks Unlimited, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and eleven Regional Arts Councils.
“Each year we single out a handful of municipalities who seem to be embracing the true spirit of the Legacy Amendment,” said Paul Austin, Executive Director of Conservation Minnesota. “And by looking at the cross-section of arts and outdoors projects that have been helped by the amendment in the previous year, it is clear that this year, Itasca County deserved recognition.”
“This amendment is having a dramatic impact on preserving the outdoors and cultural heritage of this state,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. “Be it supporting the outreach of the Children’s Discovery Museum, or improved forest ecosystem and habitat inventories, Itasca County is really benefitting from the passage of this amendment.”
MORE INFO: For more information on the recognition, the other designated cities or to set up an interview with Paul Austin and/or Sheila Smith, please contact Nate Dybvig at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 651.230.3018.