Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 1 – 5
May 5, 2017 by Blandin Foundation
1) Wadena: Meeting two days a week, students from four area communities are learning what it’s like to live a day in the life of a number of area business people. The program started as an economic development project with initial funding from 17 area businesses. It’s not funded by the school, but students have to carve out time in their school day to be able to take part in the CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program.
“Small, rural communities want to keep their kids in the community instead of having them go off to the big cities,” Westrum said. “The whole hope is that they can stay right here. We have to help give them the tools to help them live here.”
2) Grand Rapids: In the City of Grand Rapids’ first-ever Mayor’s Arts Award, Grand Rapids State Bank was recognized last month for their longstanding commitment to the arts community of Grand Rapids.
“GRSB has been one of the largest and most consistent supporters of the arts in the Grand Rapids region. Their financial support has helped make possible countless arts events in the community, many of which I have been a part of. GRSB and the Wilcox family are truly committed to our community and help ensure high quality art is accessible to the people of Northern Minnesota, which contributes to a very high qualaity of life for those in our community.”
3) Thief River Falls: Ten Thief River Falls nonprofits came together to last month to plan for a collaborative nonprofit center that could better serve area residents. By housing multiple nonprofits in one location, the hope is to improve service delivery and improve mission impact.
Visit Blandin Foundation
Receive Outposts E-News
Sign up to receive stories about innovation and leadership in rural Minnesota.