In Fergus Falls, Learning About Rural Needs We traveled to Fergus Falls last week for the summer conference of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities, delivering a presentation and gathering feedback on emerging issues for our Minnesota Rural Equity Project. We heard concerns about accessibility to child-care, transportation and mobility needs, housing shortages, health-care costs and access, and lagging broadband capacity. A strong sense am... Read More
Rural “Place-making” Key to Job Growth On our many travels this summer, listening closely to both concerns and success stories in Greater Minnesota, we constantly hear about the importance of “place-making” for rural communities. The Center for Rural Policy & Development expresses this idea very well with this recent statement in the Morning Take tipsheet: “For most parts of the state, the coming wo... Read More
Immigrants Boosting Economy in Rural MN Check out this hopeful and inspiring story about Isabel and Raul Castellano’s start-up of Chabelita’s Yummy Foods and Fruits, a new business in rural LeSueur Minnesota, enabled in part with assistance from the Region Nine Development Commission. Research consistently shows that immigrants provide a net gain for Minnesota, from high rates of entrepreneurialism, to filling agribusines... Read More
As State Budget Biennium Begins, Big Disappointments and a Few Bright Spots Overview of 2017 Legislature’s Impact, A Look Ahead Minnesota’s two-year budget period begins this month, amid a continuing dispute between the Governor and the Legislature over a handful of important tax and immigration provisions, and an impending court battle over the governor’s line-item veto of funding for the Legislature i... Read More
Dane Smith will move to a new role after decade leading Growth & Justice The Board of Directors begins search for new president After more than a decade of productive leadership at the helm of one of Minnesota’s most influential and respected public policy organizations, Dane Smith is announcing plans to retire as president of Growth & Justice by early 2018. Board of Directors Chair Kim Lowe will lead a board search in the next... Read More
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