Top 3 Vibrant Communities | May 8 – 12
May 11, 2017 by Blandin Foundation
1) Detroit Lakes & Perham: In 2016, The Boys & Girls Club of Detroit Lakes and Perham served more than 40,000 meals to nearly 600 young people. Their stellar growth rate, quality programming, and commitment to whole communities landed them this year’s Wellstone Legacy Award from the Minnesota School Counselors Association. An event was held in celebration and attended by many Boys & Girls Club of America leaders.
“We have a lot of things going against us right now in this country — but none of it outweighs the things we have going for us. We have caring communities that believe every kid should have the opportunity to achieve their full potential. We have committed staff that believe what they do makes a difference. And we have kids… kids who have not yet had hope taken away from them, and have not yet lost every opportunity. We have the responsibility to hold that dream.” — John Miller, senior vice president of field services for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
2) Breckenridge: A healthy economy is something all rural communities seek. With Breckenridge’s future economic success potentially tied to a community long-thought of as a competitor, leaders are stepping up to say collaboration is no longer an option.
“Who the heck cares where the money comes from, where they’re housed. We have to be thinking as one community for the greater good of all of us. Leave competition out of it. It’s going to take some courageous leaders to say, ‘I don’t care what side of the river I’m on, this is for the betterment of both communities.’” –Jana Berndt, Bremer Bank president.
3) Arrowhead Region: Geography and transportation are two primary barriers to quality healthcare access in rural Minnesota. A collaborative of mental health providers in northeast Minnesota is smashing those barriers with the use of telemedicine.
“It’s opening … a whole new set of possibilities to get the right service to the right person in the right place at the right time,” — Roger Root, person-centered telepresence integrator for Minnesota IT Services
Visit Blandin Foundation
Receive Outposts E-News
Sign up to receive stories about innovation and leadership in rural Minnesota.