Top 3 Vibrant Communities | September 14-18
September 18, 2015 by Blandin Foundation
1. Grand Rapids: Who knew checking out a fishing pole at your hometown library could be considered “cutting edge?” That’s what the Grand Rapids Public Library was recognized for in a recent New York Times article that talked about how libraries are moving towards new and innovative ways to connect with the community they serve. From the article, “The way you best serve your community is to look like them. For some that means 3-D printers. For others, it means fishing rods.”
2. Roseau: Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. Well that certainly seems to be the case with the workforce housing shortage in Roseau. In a region where the cost of constructing an apartment building is more than its market vale when completed, community leaders are getting creative to ensure the community’s economy continues to grow.
3. Owatonna: There is a skills gap in Owatonna, said business leaders in a recent survey. Instead of turning the heat up on recruitment, the community is coming together to show young people that opportunity is knocking at their back door and all they need to do it open up!
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