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About Envision Minnesota

Envision Minnesota's mission is to promote development that creates healthy communities while conserving natural areas, family farms, woodlands and water.


Envision Minnesota was developed to address citizens’ concerns with Minnesota’s sprawling growth patterns. The organization coalesced in 1993 as a program of the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) and in 1998 incorporated as a separate nonprofit, originally called 1000 Friends of Minnesota. We changed our name to Envision Minnesota in 2011. In our history, and currently, we work in three areas: local community assistance, policy and advocacy, and education and communication. Envision Minnesota promotes development that enhances the best of Minnesota: thriving small towns and cities, healthy natural resources and a growing economy.

A Brief Introduction to Envision Minnesota

The following short video provides an overview to the work of Envision Minnesota.


We envision a state with vibrant cities and towns close to clean rivers, lakes, and parks. A state with livable communities designed for people who have the freedom to choose how they get around and with housing options for people at all income levels and stages of life.  A state that invests its taxpayer money wisely, and sees its economic competitiveness directly tied to its high quality of life. In short, we envision a Minnesota focused on thoughtful development and thriving communities.

We work to create a Minnesota where:

  • Citizens have choices about how their communities grow and have tools to make informed decisions about their future.
  • There are efficient, diverse, pedestrian-friendly communities along with healthy family farms, woodlands, open space and water.
  • Cities and towns do not sprawl into the countryside, but are thoughtfully planned with the input of informed citizens.
  • Growth occurs in a fiscally responsible manner, using existing infrastructure and offering transportation alternatives.
  • Natural resources are protected, communities are healthy and citizens have access to jobs, housing, and clean air, water and soil.

Read more about what we envision.