Congratulations to ESCI client, Cloquet Area Fire District, award winners of the inaugural Bush Prize for Community Innovation!

Out of nearly 300 applicants across three states and 23 Native nations, Cloquet Area Fire District is one of nine organizations to be awarded, which includes a well deserved cash prize of $500,000.

ESCI has worked with Cloquet Area Fire District over the last several years and facilitated both the initial consolidation studies, the implementation planning, and the follow-up annual strategic planning with them.

We are so proud of Cloquet Area Fire District’s accomplishment and the willingness to take a risk in order to improve the quality of life for their citizens.

Here is what the Bush Foundation officials are saying about Cloquet Area Fire District:

“With an engaged community, strong leadership and an inclusive and bold vision for the region, the Cloquet Area Fire District has become a pioneer in Minnesota with an award-winning, replicable model and the potential for its work to change the landscape of rural emergency and service provision for the better.”

To read more about this rewarding accomplishment, please visit the links below.

Quote from “Fire District Wins Big” by Jana Peterson, Pine Journal