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Olmsted County is a growing county containing the City of Rochester, the third largest city in Minnesota. As the County’s population grows and demographics change, in addition to an ever increasing transient and usually immune compromised population visiting the Mayo Clinic, the ability of local government to address the impacts of environmental factors on the public may not be keeping pace with public demand and need. Over the years as County government has grown, various environmental related agencies have branched out and at times, have independently provided various environmental health services with limited cross-agency coordination. A lack of a common vision and mission across these agencies has led to: inconsistent enforcement approaches among regulatory programs, emphasis on individual programs or projects without full collaboration among partner agencies, missed opportunities to leverage resources, lack of clarity of agency roles and responsibilities for certain environmental issues especially emerging issues, and a lack of a coordinated community environmental risk assessment method including risk prioritization for policy makers. Last January, the (EMT) Environmental Management Team (composed of managers from the departments of Administration, Planning/Building Safety, Public Health, and Public Works) started work to finalize their strategic plan including a common mission, vision, and strategic priorities which include: (1) develop environmental priorities, (2) facilitate policy discussion & development, (3) leverage technology, leverage partnerships, (4) increase effectiveness of processes, (5) maintain a collaborative way of doing business, and (6) build capacity to partner and collaborate. This project addresses strategic priorities 1 and 2 with the development of an assessment tool for community environmental assessment including an internal organizational assessment and external community risk assessment, and provides a framework for collaborative communication, prioritization, and response to environmental issues. Note: These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.