New Webinar:  Immigrants, Refugees, and Local Government Outreach in Rural Minnesota

Join us: Wednesday July 21, 2021: 2:30pm – 4:00pm

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How are rural communities building relationships with diverse neighbors and embracing differences?

Join us for a new webinar on Wednesday, July 21 where we will discuss our new report on immigrants, refugees and local government outreach in rural Minnesota.

Along with our researchers, we will be hearing from three panelists:

Oballa Oballa – Austin City Councilman
Sara Karki—Austin Area Minority Business Project
Martha Castanon—Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

Registration is required.  Feel free to forward this invitation on to others who may be interested.  The webinar will be recorded.

CRPD partnered with the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota on a project looking at the relationships between local governments and immigrant & refugee populations centered in meatpacking communities across Minnesota.

Questions?  Please contact us at


About the Series

Minnesotans often use the phrase “rural-urban divide” when talking about the values and priorities that seem to differ across our state. But in reality, our challenges and opportunities are truly interconnected – though the solutions we design may look a bit different in Minneapolis compared to Mankato, or in Brainerd vs. Bloomington. This four-event series – hosted by the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Citizens League – will bridge the divide between urban & rural Minnesota by exploring our shared challenges and how to design a future that works for our unique communities. Each event will begin with a look at CRPD’s latest research, followed by a panel discussion with speakers from urban and rural areas.


Next discussion

Our fall 2021 and winter 2022 dates are currently being planned. Stay tuned for further details! Check out our previous discussions below.


Previous discussions

Thursday, June 3, 2021: Examining Healthcare Access – click here to view the discussion.

Thursday, April 29, 2021: Minnesota’s Workforce – Help Wanted, Everywhere – click here to view the discussion.

Monday, March 29, 2021: Childcare – A Complex Crisis – click here to view the discussion.

Future topics!
We will be holding these Interconnected Conversations monthly where our topics will revolve around our shared interests in health care, work force, housing and equity & inclusion in our communities.  Check back often for the latest information and registration links.  Pre-registration is required for each Conversation. Sign up here to receive notifications on future discussions.