Faribault to participate in 3-D community mapping program 03 Apr 12
Faribault to participate in 3-D community mapping program

A "Digital Towns" image of Little Falls, MN viewed through Google Earth. Credit: Faribault Daily News

A University of Minnesota program that allows rural citizens to help create 3-D models of their communities for Google Earth is coming to Faribault.

“Digital Towns” is a collaboration between the U of M Extension and the Center for Rural Design. Communities across the state can apply for the grant-fueled initiative, and program leaders select towns based on the diversity of possible participants. Once chosen, area residents are trained to use Google programs to turn 2-D maps of their communities into cutting edge 3-D renderings.

Digital Towns leaders told the Faribault Daily Press they believe Faribault is “intriguing [because] it has historic structures that could create a large volume of presence on the Internet…for economic development, historical preservation, business retention and downtown redevelopment.”

Little Falls was the last location for the Digital Towns project, where it worked with high school students.