The McKnight Foundation ‘s mission calls for grant-making, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform to unite and empower those served. Eric Muschler, Program Officer, noted that “innovation and solutions come from people who are closest to the problem.” McKnight’s role is to “listen and hear what is being learned on the ground, what’s changing, and then be a voice that supports it in a broader community sense.” This translates into citizen participation that engages communities in new and different ways as a funding criterion as well as a meeting space overlooking the Mississippi river that pays tribute to the city’s origins while providing a setting to plan the region’s future.