A signature food hub and nature-themed event center in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul, Minnesota has gotten a huge boost toward becoming a reality, at least if one million dollars is enough to spur the project to completion.

The Forever Saint Paul Challenge $1 Million winning idea was awarded to "Urban Oasis," submitted by Tracy Sides. The project will receive a $1 million grant and will be on the fast track for completion within the next 12 months or so.

The winning idea encompasses having a "commercial kitchen and classrooms at the hub that would house a catering company, food truck , worker-owned food processing cooperative for local produce, entrepreneurs who create healthy value-added food products, and offer food growing, preservation and cooking skills classes to the community."

Have a great idea that you would like to submit for future competitions? From General Idea Open Guidelines:

"The Minnesota Idea Open is the place for idea movers and makers. We administer one marquee ideas Challenge each year and invite all Minnesotans to share their best thinking and work together to help solve major issues that affect all of us. So get your best thinking out of the shower and into the Open—and see your idea become a reality."

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