Minnesota is made up of many different regions, all with their own identities, strengths and issues. What if they could all work together to strengthen themselves and each other? That’s the plan behind a new initiative called DevelopMN, says Jacki Anderson, senior planner for the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission. The members of the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations are aligning their strategic economic development plans, focusing on four key areas: human capital, economic competitiveness, community resources, and foundational assets like broadband, housing stock and utilities.
DevelopMN: Aligning strategies for better planning, part 1
Lisa Hughes, a regional economic developer for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, is our guest again this week to talk some more about economic development and the importance of infrastructure for high-wage companies looking to set up in Minnesota. One of the continuing hold-ups is access to natural gas, but like Internet service, it’s a private business. How do we get everything working together?
Natural gas is a missing link in economic development
Lisa Hughes, a regional economic developer for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, joins us this week to talk about what companies are looking for when the think about setting up in Minnesota. Infrastructure is a big part of it. For example, natural gas. Manufacturing and ag processing both depend on natural gas, but in some parts of Minnesota, there just isn’t a good supply. What’s an economic developer to do?
Missing links in economic development
Mike Nolan, director of the Small Business Development Center in Mankato, joins us on RuralMN Radio this week to talk about innovation in business. Entrepreneurship isn’t just for starting a business, says Nolan. Successful companies are encouraging people within the organization to think entrepreneurially.
Innovation in business
Tom Gottfried, program director for the Office of Transit at MnDOT, joins us again to conclude our discussion on public transportation in Greater Minnesota. This week Tom talks about planning for transportation services beyond what public transit can do. Regional transportation coordinating councils are forming around the state that will serve as local forums and think tanks where residents can discuss and make decisions on how to provide those services that MnDOT’s public transportation can’t provide. Many of these services are human services-related and support the elderly and disabled. While MnDOT will be helping with the structure of coordinating these services, local residents will have to make the decisions on how to make things work.
Regional transportation coordinating councils, part 3
The essential problem of providing public transit services anywhere is geography and population density, says our guest, Tom Gottfried, program director for the Office of Transit at MnDOT, in part 2 of our interview. Transit systems in Greater MN are constantly seeking a balance to create the most efficiency while providing the right services to meet the needs of the people who need them.
Public transit: striking the right balance, part 2