Our Foundation has invested in 33 Community Growth Initiatives (CGI). Each community commits to three stages of involvement: community visioning, project implementation, and sustainable operation. The CGI community receives coalition support and project implementation grants of up to $20,000. CGI communities are selected through an invitation-only application process. Interested communities may contact Pam Bishop, Vice President of Economic Development, at 507-455-3215 or pamb@smifoundation.org.


Winona CGI

Two projects came out of the Winona Community Growth Initiative. The first was a tourist app - "Downtown Winona" - which helps tourists and residents connect with over 250 downtown businesses. The second project was Live @ the Levee, an idea that came from the CGI team's hope to revitalize Levee Park with a day-long festival including live music, food, and family and recreational activities. So far, the CGI team has fostered nearly 90 partnerships across two successful Live @ the Levee events. Over 5,000 residents have come out to enjoy good music, local foods, arts and crafts, and community spirit along the Mississippi.   



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