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Identified potential projects in Northfield

Below are assessments of the current state of three sectors within Northfield, MN.  Students of the Public Sociology course completed these studies during the winter of 2009. Potential academic civic engagement projects are outlined for each sector in addition to a comprehensive presentation of the findings.

  • Arts Sector

    The current state of the arts in Northfield, detailing the assets and needs of the arts community, the effects of the current economic downturn, and research project ideas for how Carleton students and faculty could partner with the community in the future.
  • Business Sector

    A summary of the economic climate in Northfield during roughly the last quarter of fiscal year 2008 and the first quarter of 2009, a discussion of policy issues, and recommendations for action.
  • Housing Sector

    An overview of the local housing sector, focusing primarily on the issues of foreclosures, affordable housing, and homelessness within Rice County, Minnesota.