On Rural MN Radio this week, we continue our discussion with Dave Ladd of RDL Associates about the importance of thinking creatively to innovate in economic development. Part of that includes thinking regionally, bringing together communities, businesses and governments across a much larger area than we usually do to glean new, creative ideas and better economies of scale.
Minnesota’s whole economy is best served by thinking beyond the cookie cutter approach, says Dave Ladd of RDL Associates. Dave talks with Jim this week about why we should be thinking about the economy by region and beyond the standard industry silos.
Contributing to a community foundation doesn’t require a lot of time or commitment. This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim continues his conversation with Nancy Zallek of the Mankato Area Foundation, talking about the flexibility of community foundations, not only in where they give their money, but where they get it from, too. People don’t need to give a ton to make it add up for the community.
Community foundations are becoming an increasingly important and creative way to give back to the community, and they’re popping up all across the state. This week Jim talks with Nancy Zallek of the Mankato Area Foundation about what these funding organizations do to better their communities.
The Center has its annual State of Rural Minnesota presentation just about ready for 2014. This week Jim and Marnie talk about population projections and where Minnesota’s population is expected to grow. It may not be where you think.
Providing better services at a lower cost: A new report from the Center for Rural Policy & Development looks at what works when four communities set to work to figure out how they could maintain or improve services to their residents in the face of higher costs and less outside funding. Marnie and Jim discuss what they did and how to find the report.