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Happy Holidays!

The Alumni Site will be taking a break heading into the new year. We hope you also take time to rest and recharge heading into 2016.

Learn - Webinars on Positive Trends Impacting the Great Plains States

Extension Research Associate Ben Winchester will be part of an upcoming opportunity to learn about trends impacting rural communities. In his words:
Starting January 13, 2016, the Rural Business Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio – Institute for Economic Development is teaming up with the University of Nebraska, Sam Houston State University and the University of Minnesota to bring you a quality rural webinar series.
This no-cost webinar series will focus on positive trends impacting the Great Plains states from Minnesota to Texas and places in-between. This monthly series is offered to local elected officials, economic development specialists, housing agencies, and others engaged in rural development practices. These webinars are educational in focus and will lead up to the Minnesota Symposium on Small Towns June 8-9, 2016 and the Texas Rural Challenge on June 9-10, 2016.

Save the Dates. Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming webinar series. All webinar times are Noon - 1pm.

MARL program alumni making impacts locally, internationally

Kudos to Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL) program alumni who are giving back to their fields and building leaders. A SOURCE magazine article examines how Rich Miska worked with local farmers as a mentor to strengthen their practices and production. Keep up the good work, at home and abroad!

Congrats to Connecting Nicollet County

The Association of Minnesota Counties recently honored the Connecting Nicollet County leadership program with its Outstanding County Achievement award. A partnership between Nicollet County and University of Minnesota Extension, the leadership program was recognized for effectively nurturing new leadership, increasing community connections, and deeper involvement in the county. Check out the full write up.

Millennials and Minnesota's Economy

On November 24, I had the chance to be in the room for Senator Amy Klobuchar's Summit exploring Millennials and the changing economy in Minnesota. Given that Minnesota projects a 100,000 worker shortfall within the next 5 years, the Senator convened the meeting to understand what Minnesota can do to appeal to the demographic that now comprises the largest percentage of the workforce - Millennials.

Opening remarks were provided by Sen. Klobuchar detailing the ways that federal law makers are working to improve the situation of Millennials in the economy. Two items she mentioned specifically were policies regarding myRA and increasing benefits for Family Leave. myRA is an idea that an individual's retirement account will move with them as they transition jobs rather than starting fresh with each new employment opportunity. Increasing benefits for family leave is partially in response to the trend that many Millennials are waiting to start families due to uncertain finances and s…