Top 3 Vibrant Communities | March 21 – 25
March 25, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Chatfield: How many fifth graders do you know who strive to solve economic development challenges? My guess, probably very few. In Chatfield, though, two teams of fifth and sixth grade girls are turning an ear to their community to identify opportunities where an app could help. Through the Technovation program, these girls are tapping into their “creativity and business savvy to capture their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers and better the world at the same time.”
“The biggest surprise has been the support from area community members…The girls have been in contact with engineers, businesswomen, councilmen, legislators and other successful men and women. We have been able to have discussions with these people not only about Technovation, but also about the steps they took to be leaders in their careers.”
2) Park Rapids: “This is historic…It’s a first ever.” That’s what Chamber director Nicole Lalum had to say about Park Rapids leaders coming together to talk about why their community historically has more jobs than people to work them. A number of ideas emerged — from lack of initiative to training needs — that will help answer the question, “What does it take to create change?” This is the first of a series of conversations the community will have to identify a course of action to tackle the workforce challenges in the area.
3) Red Wing: Last week the Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority celebrated its 50th birthday. In celebration of this milestone, they took the opportunity to reflect on their numerous community “wins” (early childhood center, the college, etc.), while also looking to the future need of workforce housing.
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