Conservation Minnesota

Press Release: Stillwater Recognized For Community’s Effective Use Of Legacy Funding

MINNEAPOLIS – Conservation Minnesota and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts today recognized the city of Stillwater and surrounding community for taking advantage of Legacy funds to make the city a better place. At the May 7 Stillwater city council meeting, the organizations presented the city with a plaque to highlight its work on 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.

This year, nine cities will be recognized for their roles in utilizing Legacy funding to make their communities better for residents and visitors alike.  This year’s legacy destinations are:  Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Hastings, Maplewood, Nisswa, Plymouth, Rushford, Stillwater, and Two Harbors. 

“Each year we single out a handful of communities 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, Stillwater deserved recognition.”

Like Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota receives no funding from the Legacy Amendment.

“When we looked at which cities around the state were doing great work in utilizing the Legacy Amendment, Stillwater stood out,” said Sheila Smith, Executive Director of the Minnesota Citizens for the Arts. “Be it the Square Lake Film Festival or any of the great work being done by ArtReach, Stillwater is really benefitting from the passage of this amendment.”

Stillwater Legacy Destination Award

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 nate@conservationminnesota.org, or 651.230.3018.

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