Resilience in Southwestern MN Our latest MinnPost commentary helps allay concerns that rural Minnesota is in irreversible economic decline. The op-ed points to hopeful signs of innovation and initiative from the 13th Annual Bio Conference in Worthington, and cites examples of emerging technologies in agribusiness, interstate and international collaboration, improvements in rural workforce training, expanding broadband access, and continued supp... Read More
Making the Case for LGA in Northern Minnesota Lakeland Public Television on Friday will host a conversation on the need for restoration of Local Government Aid, focusing on the effects of declining LGA for the city of Bemidji. Previewing the discussion, the Lakeland Current webpage notes that in 2002 the city of Bemidji received more than $3.2 million in Local Government Aid. By 2008, Bemidji’s LGA had dropped by just about $1 milli... Read More
G&J’s Matt Schmit Makes the Case for Broadband In our latest MinnPost commentary, Growth & Justice Policy & Projects Director Matt Schmit makes a strong pitch for the 2017 Legislature to “double down” on expansion of broadband and high-speed internet connectivity in Greater Minnesota. He notes how public and philanthropic investments have stimulated local energy and activity in broadband, with dozens of rural... Read More
MABC Driver Diversion Program Gains Traction The St. Paul Pioneer Press revealed in a story last week how license suspensions for unpaid traffic tickets can become a vicious circle and an unfair “debt trap” for low-income workers. The article goes on to describe a legislative effort to expand “driver diversion” programs, which allow folks to legally drive after making arrangements to gradually repay the tickets. Th... Read More
Blogpost on Hospitals and Renewable Energy in Rural MN Two new blogposts with lessons on rural economic development have been posted on our website by Growth & Justice Policy Fellow Chuck Brown, a writer and retired manager of a rural manufacturing company who served 12 years on the Olivia City Council. In his first blog, Brown describes how farsighted local government leaders in Renville County recently built a much improved, self-su... Read More
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