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

Thursday, April 29th: Workforce Strategies

Join the Center for Rural Policy & Development (CRPD) and the Citizens League for candid conversations where we will start to bridge the divide between urban & rural Minnesota by exploring our shared challenges and how to design a future that works for our unique communities. 

Our second Interconnected Conversation will focus on workforce issues in Minnesota. What are the similarities and differences in workforce between urban and rural Minnesota? How did the pandemic effect employment in rural and urban areas differently?  What are some possible solutions?

 
Workforce Strategies
Thursday, April 29, 2021
2:30-3:45 p.m.
Online meeting with recording available afterwards​
 

 

Previous discussions

Monday, March 29th: 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.