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Season 3, Episode 1: Childcare Solutions with Initiative Foundation

In September, the Center for Rural Policy and Development released the results of an environmental scan of child care initiatives taking place across rural Minnesota. In this episode, Vice President of Research, Marnie Werner, interviews Don Hickman, the Vice President for Community and Workforce Development at the Initiative Foundation in Little Falls, MN. As an ...

Center on Rural Innovation: Rural Communities Unlocking Millions to Support Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Through Federal Grant Program

EXCERPT: “Increasingly, rural communities are realizing the transformational impact the tech economy can have for them. And local leaders in rural places are putting their efforts and resources into economic development programs that can create tech opportunities and entrepreneurship where they live. The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s most recent cohort of Build to Scale (B2S) ...
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Doing it yourself

by Marnie Werner, Vice President, Research Earlier this week I spoke to a group of business owners and childcare professionals in St. Cloud, where it’s not breaking news to them—or anyone else for that matter—that childcare’s 20-year downward spiral is now a major factor exacerbating the growing worker shortage.  As the pandemic upended all aspects ...

News Release: MnDOT announces availability of $12.5 million for Greater Minnesota community project grants

EXCERPT: “Minnesota communities, schools and their partners are invited to apply for funding on local projects that enhance transportation goals, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The $12.5 million in federal funding is available through the Transportation Alternatives program in Greater Minnesota (each region has a sub-targeted fund). This program offers a competitive grant for ...

Interconnected – The future of EMS in Rural & Urban MN

  About the Interconnected Series: Wherever you live, you have undoubtedly encountered the term “Urban/Rural Divide” that describes a divisive narrative in policy and politics based on geographic differences. In reality, we all want similar things – good healthcare and education, for example – but the solutions often look different based on where you live. ...

KEYC-TV: New USDA funding for buying, repairing rural homes

EXCERPT: “New funding is available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for low-income people seeking to buy or repair rural homes. The Direct Home Loan Program helps those who are unable to qualify for traditional financing. It’s available in rural communities of generally 35,000 people or less. No down payment is required, and the interest ...

Webinar: Rural child care solutions, from the ground up

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We know there’s a child care shortage, especially in rural areas. The question now is, “What do we do about it?” In our September 2022 webinar, we review the results of a survey conducted by the Center for Rural Policy & Development looking at a sample of the initiatives going on around Minnesota to address ...