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Leadership and Civic Engagement

  • Civic Engagement
    Educational cohorts, consultations and materials help local leaders engage citizens in decisions, design successful community meetings, and understand and grow social capital.
  • Leadership
    Leadership education helps communities grow their local leadership capacity.


Community Economics

  • Business Retention & Expansion
    Community-based research creates a community-driven plan to support local business.
  • Understanding Economic Change
    Workshops and research reports using IMPLAN data help decision-makers respond to changes in economies.
  • Retail Analysis and Development
    Local retail sector data and community discussions help businesses know and grow their retail customer base. Find information about market area profiles, retail trade and downtown market analysis.

Applied Research

Members of the Vision 2040 team working together at a table

Thriving in times of change

What makes us proud of where we live today is often the result of decisions made decades ago. More

Community features

Vital Connections newsletter articles and podcasts

Episode 2: Make It Litchfield

Litchfield Bandstand

Communities have the power to tell their own story. Listen as we help share Litchfield's story.

What do visitors expect when they visit your community? You need to know

two ladies talking with one taking notes

Visitors come to your community with expectations about what they will do and see in your area.

Tourism Center studies impact of bicycling in Minnesota

people biking

MnDOT recently released a study about the economic and health impacts of bicycling in Minnesota.

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