WORTHINGTON DAILY GLOBE WORTHINGTON — Speakers at the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) annual meeting celebrated cooperation between public and private — and the city and Nobles County — to help foster economic development in the area. However, the main focus was on the future, and how the city should move forward. After outgoing Chairman of the Board Jason Vote thanked public and private partner... Read More
MPR Highlights Our Minnesota Rural Equity Project Last week Minnesota Public Radio’s Tom Weber engaged G&J President Dane Smith and Granite Falls Mayor Dave Smiglewski in a 35-minute on-air conversation about what rural Minnesota needs to revitalize local economies and reduce inequalities and disparities. It was a great way to introduce our Minnesota Rural Equity Project to a wider audience of Minnesotans and thought leaders. Minn... Read More
In this series or reports which were researched and written by Growth & Justice for MSPWin, we examine how "Career Pathways" models are already changing lives. Story 1 Story 2 Story 3 Read More
What kinds of state policies, public investments, business incentives, and local initiatives will work best to strengthen Greater Minnesota communities, revitalize local economies, and reduce inequality, poverty, and racial disparity? That question has risen to the top in Minnesota’s public policy debate, amid evidence of stagnation in rural regions and a widening metro-rural divide in the state and nation. Answering the question will be ... Read More
Southwest Minnesota shows the way on rural education equity Our latest commentary in MinnPost describes "Grow Our Own" an impressive new regional effort in southwestern Minnesota to improve education outcomes and close opportunity gaps in an increasingly diverse corner of our state. Watch for related news and developments early in 2017 with our Minnesota Rural Equity Project, an initiative funded by the Blandin Foundation, and aimed at both inf... Read More
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