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Vital Connections On Air

Apr 19, 2018

Selling a business is not the same as selling a house.  There are a unique set of factors that owners, potential buyers, and communities must consider as small businesses change hands.  Liz Templin, Extension educator in community economics, discusses how business owners and buyers can prepare for this transition and...


Mar 22, 2018

Our business community is on the front line of addressing workforce issues.  This includes working to create welcoming environments for newcomers, tapping into under utilized pockets of workers in our state, and addressing issues at a political level to help all Minnesotans.  Bill Blazar, Senior Vice President for...


Feb 28, 2018

Minnesota’s workforce is changing.  Our workers are aging and new workers are often newcomers, not just to our community but to our country.  Ryan Allen, Associate Professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, joins us for this episode to discuss the impact of immigrants on Minnesota’s workforce and what it...


Jan 30, 2018

Workforce housing is at a premium in many communities throughout Minnesota.  It is crucial for communities to have quality workforce housing to recruit new community members and retain those who are already there.  In today’s episode we learn about the housing study conducted in Glenwood, Minnesota and how...


Jan 4, 2018

Communities are getting creative in how they work to understand and address childcare shortages.  Greg Wagner from the West Central Initiative shares steps they are taking to increase childcare capacity in communities.  Through the use of their Forgivable Childcare Loan Fund, home-based childcare providers in West...