Looking Into Minnesota’s Future

On April 18th, the Center for Small Towns hosted an event with Susan Brower, the head Demographer with the state of Minnesota. The event, entitled “Greater Minnesota’s Demographic Future: Trends Among Youth and Young Adults”, explored rural Minnesota’s shifting demographics and the implications of these shifts on the labor market and community engagement. As rural populations shrink and average ages rise, attracting new residents will become vital for the future of many small towns across Minnesota and throughout the country.

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Reflections on the Future of Community Engagement and Leadership in Rural America

by Collin Westgard On February 21st, 2018, the Center hosted “The Future of Community Engagement and Leadership in Rural America”, a panel discussion featuring Benjamin Winchester and Catie Rasmussen, both with the Center for Community Vitality at University of Minnesota extension,  as well as Becky Adams,  Recruitment Coordinator for the Blandin Foundation Leadership Program. The […]

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