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2018 Community Leadership Series - Critical Thinking for Racial Literacy

The 2018 Community Leadership Series is underway!  We hope that you will join us for our next FREE webinar on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CST).  Critical Thinking for Racial Literacy is a new topic to be included in our series.  It is a great place to start for people who want to explore the topic of race in their lives and explore the questions they've had about race.

Minnesota communities are rapidly diversifying.  Every community member has a role to play in what happens next.  so how can we improve our thinking, especially when it comes to issues of race?

This webinar breaks down the key elements of critical thinking to examine some of the basic concepts and misconceptions about race and Minnesota communities.  The session is presented by Fernando Burga, assistant professor at University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and Eriks Dunens, statewide Extension educator in leadership and civic engagement.

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2018 Community Leadership Series - Cultivating Compassion in Your Community

The Center for Community Vitality is proud to announce the first offering of its 2018 Community Leadership Series.  This year's series will offer eight different learning opportunities to help you refresh your skills, deepen your understanding of challenging topics, and connect with other leaders.  Each session in the series is FREE and easy for you to access from your computer.  Pre-registration is required to ensure you gain access to important learning materials prior to the online session.  

Cultivating Compassion in Your Community
April 10, 2018
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT)

When we turn on the TV or radio, or open our social media pages, we see and hear headlines rampant with anger and blame.  Instead of continuing this type of conversation how can we spread compassion? Is there a way that we can cultivate empathy and gratitude in our communities and with each other?  How can we learn from other cultures and practice sharing compassion with our new community member…

What's Data Got to Do with It?

U of M Extension invites you to join our inaugural Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E) webinar on February 27, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (CST).  This event will kick off a series of webinars featuring research and innovation in BR&E.  The webinars are FREE and open to all those who are interested in economic development.

What's Data Got to Do with It?  In 2017, U of M Extension interviewed 23 economic development officials across Minnesota to learn about their professional practice of BR&E.  The in-depth interview data were compiled and analyzed using qualitative research methods and a report will be published.  Michael Darger, BR&E specialist for U of M Extension's Center for Community Vitality, will share key research and findings from the study.  He will be joined by special guest, Stephen Morris, who will discuss Ontario's provincial BR&E program and how they are using data to inform economic development in communities across the prov…

Vital Connections on Air Episode 6: Minnesota's Workforce

Minnesota has a variety of workforce challenges. In Vital Connections on Air Episode 6: Minnesota's Workforce, Laura Kalambokidis discusses how the state's tight labor market presents challenges for both employers and community members searching for creative solutions. Today's guest blogger, Michael Darger, shares his insights on this issue, as well as information about Extension's Business Retention and Expansion program.

Businesses need many resources to succeed, but which resource matters most? Strong management? Raw materials and supplies? Customers? Local support? Each is important, but most business leaders would agree that a talented workforce is crucial to success. To survive and thrive in today’s workforce environment, Minnesota businesses need skilled employees.
Quality workers—and a plentiful supply of them—are a strength of Minnesota’s economy. Despite the cold climate and perception of a higher tax environment, business has thrived here. As a result, Minnes…

2017 Community Leadership Series - Succession Planning for Community Leaders

The 2017 Community Leadership is bringing a new webinar to you in October.  Our FREE webinar "Succession Planning for Community Leaders," will be on October 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT).  This webinar will address a topic many organizations don't think about on a regular basis, planning for the people who come behind them.

Community groups get good at planning...they focus on marketing and promoting events, coordinating fundraising activities, and getting the word out about their projects.  Those same groups, regardless of how successful they are at planning, often overlook the importance of succession planning.  Many never think about this type of planning until they realize that the person(s) holding specific leadership roles or those who have the working knowledge of the organization are ready to leave.  Succession planning is one thing leaders can do to focus on an important piece for the overall success of organizations.  
Jody Horntvedt, Leadership and…

Vital Connections on Air Episode 5: Minnesota's Economy 101

Minnesota’s economy is diverse. That diverse economy provides resiliency. State Economist Laura Kalambokidis joins Vital Connections On Air to explain Minnesota’s current economic situation.  We welcome Brigid Tuck, Extension Senior Economic Impact Analyst, to tell us more about Minnesota’s economy and Extension’s Economic Futures Workshops.
Minnesota’s economy, in general, looks a lot like the economy of the entire United States. This diversity helps Minnesota  weather economic downturns with fewer job losses than other states. And, the state can recover those lost jobs sooner.  Following the Great Recession of 2008-2009, Minnesota started recovering before the nation as a whole.
Extension researchers examined both employment and output in each of 12 Minnesota regions.  Read the findings and look, specifically, at your region’s economic strengths.
Is all this information intriguing to you?  Want to learn more about your own, local economy? Could your community use a deeper understanding…

2017 Community Leadership Series - Who is the next generation of leaders?

Summer might be coming to a close, but the 2017 Community Leadership Series continues with our upcoming FREE webinar, "Who Is the Next Generation of Leaders?"  Join us September 21, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT) to learn more about this interesting topic that explores the new generational cohorts who live and lead in our communities. 

We have been hearing a lot about millennials in the media but what do we really know about them and their impact on our communities?  It is sometimes hard to distinguish facts in all of the reports about this generational cohort that is larger than the Baby Boomers.  As community leaders, it is important to understand the new generation of leaders who will be working beside us in organizations and leadership.
Join Brian Fredrickson, Leadership and Civic Engagement Educator, as he explores the unique characteristics of the millennial and digital cohorts.  This webinar will present research and insights on key factors such as community in…