Top 3 Vibrant Communities | March 28 – April 1
April 1, 2016 by Blandin Foundation
1) Le Sueur: Signs of a vibrant community are everywhere, but sometimes it takes a special leader to recognize and raise them up. In this week’s Le Sueur News-Herald, associate editor and Blandin Leadership alum Dana Melius talks about the importance of recognizing the connected nature of the past, present and future of a community. He recounts his experience at a recent high school choir concert, stating that the vibrancy he saw there can and should be tapped by the community.
2) Ely: Vibrant rural communities depend on a strong small business sector. Incredible Ely — a nonprofit dedicated to revitalizing Ely’s downtown and supporting economic growth — knows this. They are taking steps to make sure the small business community is connected to one another and to resources that can help them grow. This month, Ely will host the Small Business Conference where northeast Minnesota small businesses can come to learn about a number of topics important to their business’ health, from learning financial software to getting started in export markets.
3) Winona: “Imagine having the chance to be part of a community-wide conversation that can change the future of Winona and make a real difference in the lives of people who live here, both now and for those who will follow us.” Pretty energizing invitation, wouldn’t you say so?
This invitation came from Engage Winona, a group of community leaders interested in figuring our what Winona really needs for a successful future. Hosting three community discussions, this group hopes to bring together a diverse cross-section of the community to help chart the course for the future — and share that vision with key decision makers.
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