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.
Many communities in Minnesota face workforce housing issues. Listen as we talk about Glenwood's housing study and how understanding existing workers' needs helps them plan for the future.
Communities are getting creative in how they work to understand and address child care shortages. Hear Greg Wagner from the West Central Initiative as he share steps they are taking to increase child care capacity.
Minnesota is experiencing a child care crisis that directly affects workers and employers. Listen as Marnie Werner shares insight from the Center for Rural Policy and Development's research.
Workforce issues tripled in importance based on results from Enterprise Minnesota's 2017 State of Manufacturing survey. Listen as we talk to Bob Kill about workforce challenges in manufacturing.
Judy and Dave are back to give us an update on Make it Litchfield. The study circles finished their work, and they held a community meeting where residents discussed issues that are important to them. Hear them talk about their progress.
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.
Will Minnesota's economy continue to grow? Listen as we talk about the state's economy and workforce challenges facing employers and communities.
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.
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.
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.
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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