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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Learn: Economic Composition Reports

Ever wonder what the economy in your part of Minnesota looks like? As leaders, it can be helpful for us to understand how the health of our community is tied to the businesses and industries that make their home in our region.

Thankfully, Extension Economic Impact Analyst Brigid Tuck and a team of collaborators have created twelve reports that provide insights into the economic strengths and concerns for each region of the state. If you are curious about what industries produce in your area, what employment and wages look like, and the degree to which your region is taking advantage of available opportunities, check out the reports:

Monday, February 9, 2015

Learn: Minnesota migration patterns

Check out Minnesota state demographer Susan Brower's informative blog post regarding population trends across Minnesota on the Minnesota Compass blog. For any community, workplace, or organization that is concerned about attracting and retaining talent, this overview provides some key findings that can inform strategies to keep your areas vibrant and vital.

Read the whole post here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Opportunity: Rural issues and trends webinar series

Join Extension Research Fellow Ben Winchester as he provides the latest information on rural issues and trends. This FREE, three-part series will discuss the rural narrative, migration patterns, and leadership demands. All times are Noon to 1 p.m. Central time.
  • March 19 - Rewriting the Rural Narrative
  • May 14 - The Brain Gain of Newcomers
  • July 16 - Rural Leadership Demands
If you are interested to read more and would like to register, please visit

For questions, please contact Ben Winchester at or 320-589-5033.
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