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


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    Community-based research creates a community-driven plan to support local business.
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    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 analysis, downtown market analysis and e-Marketing.

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Vision 20/40 Willmar Lakes Area

Leading through change

When community residents are encouraged to face and create change, they can set goals and move forward. More

Community features

Articles from the Center for Community Vitality's Vital Connections newsletter.

Getting real with rural tourism

From bass fishing to biking and skiing to snow shoeing, rural Minnesota offers tourists opportunities for fun and relaxation. More

Leading through change

When residents of Willmar, Minnesota made changes in their community, they developed a plan to ensure the town's future vibrancy and growth. More

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