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Season 4, Episode 3: Launching Your Future Today (LYFT) Initiative

Our most recent research highlighted the importance career and technical education played in the Southwest’s region’s labor force. On this episode, Kelly Asche (Senior Researcher) chats with Eriann Faris, the Career and Technical Education Program Coordinator for Southwest West Central Services Cooperative and leads the Launching Your Future Today (LYFT) initiative. Eriann explains how LYFT ...

What’s happening in Greater Minnesota? – Part 5, Deaths of despair

On February 7th, Sourcewell hosted the Center for Rural Policy to broadcast a presentation and discussion highlighting the Center’s most recent research. In part 5, Director of Research Marnie Werner provides a preview of upcoming research highlight suicide and deaths of despair in rural Minnesota.

What’s happening in Greater Minnesota – Part 1, Changes in the labor force

On February 7th, Sourcewell hosted the Center for Rural Policy and Development to broadcast a presentation and discussion highlighting the Center’s most recent research. In part 1, Senior Researcher Kelly Asche presents data highlighting the low unemployment rates and the decline in people participating in the labor force which is leading to all-time high job ...

North Star Promise: A few tweaks to consider

Kelly Asche January 2024 The last legislative session produced an interesting program to help make post-secondary education more affordable for low-income students – the North Star Promise. From the Minnesota Office of Higher Education: “Beginning in fall 2024, the North Star Promise (NSP) Scholarship program will create a tuition and fee-free pathway to higher education ...

Season 4, Episode 2: Legislative preview with Scott McMahon

The 2024 Legislative session is just around the corner so Julie Tesch (CEO and President) checks in with Scott McMahon, the Executive Director of the Greater Minnesota Partnership. They discuss what the session may hold for various rural issues.

Interconnected: An update on Minnesota’s child care challenges

The Center for Rural Policy & Development and the Citizens League are excited to continue our discussions on topics important to both rural and urban audiences. In February 2021, the Center for Rural Policy & Development released a report looking at the state of child care in Greater Minnesota. That report examined why it’s harder to ...