Thinking regionally with tourism

Tourism isn’t important just to the individual community. When people visit a place, they look around to see what else is going on in the area. This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talk with Cynthia Messer, an Extension educator and tourism specialist with the U of M Extension’s Tourism Center, about the impact of tourism in rural Minnesota and the importance of working regionally.

Thinking regionally with tourism

Welcome to Minnesota

Tourism is a big deal for Minnesota, especially Greater Minnesota, where visitors come for the great outdoors and small-town ease. This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talk about tourism in the state and an upcoming infographic on tourism from the Center.

Talking tourism

Paying for rural infrastructure

The smaller population in rural areas doesn’t make infrastructure any less necessary, especially when it comes to roads. This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talk with Tim Houle, CRPD board chair and Crow Wing County administrator, on the ins and outs of funding for roads.

Paying for roads

Farm Fest 2014

It’s that time of year again, time for Farm Fest at the Gilfillan Estate outside of Redwood Falls. Farm Fest runs Aug. 5-7, 2014, and Samantha Castro with IDEAg Group, Farm Fest’s management company, tells us why we love it so.

Farm Fest 2014

More thinking regionally

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.

Dave Ladd: More thinking regionally