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Community-Focused Podcasts

Join us for Vital Connections On Air, a free podcast from University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. We explore the trends and topics important to Minnesota communities and their leaders.

You'll hear about research from the University of Minnesota and Extension, as well as inspiring stories from local communities and organizations.

Laura Kalambokidis, Ph. D.

Episode 6: Minnesota's Workforce

There are challenges with Minnesota's workforce. We hear about baby boomers retiring, fewer workers, immigrants and the proximity of jobs to job seekers. Listen as we discuss the challenges, opportunities and ingenuity within Minnesota.

Laura Kalambokidis, Ph. D.

Episode 5: Minnesota's Economy 101

Will Minnesota's economy continue to grow? Listen as we talk about the state's economy and workforce challenges facing employers and communities.

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Episode 4: ReGen

Are social roots keeping people in Northeast Minnesota? Listen as members of ReGen talk about the importance of community connections and share how they became the people they'd been in other communities as Iron Rangers.

Episode 3: The Leadership Gap

Episode 3: The Leadership Gap

Many Minnesota communities are experiencing a leadership shortage. Hear about why this is happening and what communities can do to better engage newcomers to help fill leadership roles.

Episode 2: Make It Litchfield

Episode 2: Make It Litchfield

Communities have the power to tell their own story. Litchfield, Minnesota has been working to create a narrative that is optimistic and focused on the future.

Episode 1: It's Not Your Grandpa's Rural

Episode 1: It's Not Your Grandpa's Rural

We often hear that small, rural communities are disappearing. Ben Winchester, Senior Research Fellow for U of M Extension's Center for Community Vitality, joins us to talk about what is actually happening.

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