Category: Economy & Economic Development

Worthington Daily Globe: Minnesota Chamber talks taxes, workforce at JBS

EXCERPT: “On the final stop of their statewide tour, representatives of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce visited JBS on Monday to show local Chamber members their wishlist for the upcoming legislative session and talk about the challenges facing Minnesota businesses . . . Doug Loon, president of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, said the state’s annual ...

Duluth News Tribune: Super Bowl tourism will hit Northland … eventually

EXCERPT: “‘Overall, the biggest opportunity for Greater Minnesota is the additional exposure to not only those here for the game, but those watching from around the world who may have never visited or thought of visiting Minnesota before,’ said Explore Minnesota spokeswoman Erica Wacker. ‘They will see what a cool state it is, and may be ...

Marshall Independent: A lighter look at rural development

EXCERPT: “It wasn’t the first time people had gathered in Marshall to talk about rural development. But chances are it was the first time they also sang an improvised musical number about small business loans. Bringing a lighter approach to serious political topics was the name of the game Thursday evening, as the Theater of ...

Park Rapids Enterprise: Local study reveals economic impact of arts

EXCERPT: “Creative Minnesota, Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and the Park Rapids Lakes Area Arts Council released a new study Wednesday indicating that the arts have a large impact on Hubbard County. The total annual economic impact of 15 arts and culture organizations, their audiences and 170 artists and creative workers in Hubbard County is ...

New York Mills working on a solution to child care need

FROM MINNPOST: “In New York Mills, a town of 1,100 people that passes by quickly on U.S. Highway 10, public agencies are working with nonprofit organizations and a handful of employers to create a day care cooperative that will provide care for at least some children who need a place to go. A center planned ...

National Public Radio: How Dollar General Is Transforming Rural America

EXCERPT: “The retail economy in rural America has been rough for decades. But where thousands of stores have closed in recent years, Dollar General is thriving, sometimes at the expense of local shops. Dollar Generals are discount stores that sell goods from hand tools to hot dogs. They’re reshaping the retail landscape in small towns. ...

Rochester Post Bulletin: Lack of child care can be ‘heartbreaking’

EXCERPT: “In Olmsted County, there is an estimated shortage of 1,082 licensed child care slots, according to recent information gathered by the Center for Rural Policy and Development. In Mower County, the number of licensed child care slots would need to increase by a staggering 82 percent to meet the estimated need. Fueling the shortage ...