Last week on Rural MN Radio, Jim and Marnie talked about the impending shortage of manufacturing workers in Greater Minnesota. This week they talk about the same problem in the public sector. People holding specialized skills like accounting or engineering or school administration are retiring faster than they can be replaced.
Coming up short in the public sector
This week on Rural MN Radio, Marnie and Jim talk about the manufacturing sector in Greater Minnesota and a new infographic the Center will be releasing on that topic. Manufacturing is bouncing back from the recession and in some regions, bouncing back better than the Twin Cities. In fact, DEED is projecting a growing demand for workers through 2020.
Manufacturing in Greater Minnesota
On Rural MN Radio this week, Jim and Marnie talk about a project going on in the Rural People Rural Policy network to recruit Native American and rural people to go to college to become doctors, nurses and pharmacists, then return to their hometowns to practice. Having a health care professional who understands the culture of his or her patients can be the key to good health care, especially in tribal lands, and Native Americans are extremely under-represented in medical schools.
Recruiting from within for health care
Two forums at this year’s Farm Fest discussed how agriculture is perceived by the public and what people in the ag industry can do to make sure someone else isn’t controlling ag’s message. On Rural MN Radio this week, Jim and Marnie discuss why this is so important.
Getting ag’s message out there
This week on Rural MN Radio, Jim talks with John Monson, senior vice president for Investments in Rural America, at AgStar Financial, about their Rural Capital Network. The network is made up of three funds, supporting capital investments in businesses and facilities, including health care facilities, capital investments for immigrant farmers, and grants and scholarships.
AgStar’s Rural Capital Network