rural communities

Jim Denham/Flickr

What if you wanted to stay and work in your tiny Minnesota home town after college - and you could find a job there?

What if you didn't want to wait until retirement to move "up north"?

The U of M Extension and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs plan to find out, with the help of a $500,00 Rural Workforce and Entrepreneur Recruitment and Retention grant from the USDA,  who wants to come to rural Minnesota and why, and how public and private initiatives can support efforts to attract new residents.

Squirrel Nation [via Flickr]

  We have a conversation with Colleen Landkamer, the USDA Rural Development State Director in Minnesota, about the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program.  Since 2009, the US Department of Agriculture has provided grant funding to local cooperatives and other organizations that provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas strongly affected by poverty. Examples of technical assistance may include leadership training, feasibility studies, and developing business and strategic plans. 

Avera Health

More and better internet infrastructure in rural Minnesota is creating a virtual "perfect storm" of benefits when it comes to health care.

The ability of larger hospitals to extend their services to small rural hospitals via telecommuting and teleconferencing means patients can stay in their homes and communities when they're ill, small hospitals don't have to close, and small communities hang on to jobs.