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Vital Connections On Air

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...


Dec 14, 2017

Minnesota is experiencing a childcare crisis and it directly impacts our workforce.  Marnie Werner, Director of Research for the Center for Rural Policy and Development, joins us for this episode to better understand the issue and how it varies across the state.  She shares insights from research she led on the topic...


Nov 22, 2017

We continue exploring Minnesota’s economy and its workforce in this episode as we meet Bob Kill, President and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota.  Enterprise Minnesota is a consulting organization that helps manufacturing companies become efficient and helps them to grow.  Their team of thirty-four individuals provides...


Nov 9, 2017

In this episode we catch up with Judy Hulterstrom and David Krueger who are part of the Make It Litchfield program and hear about their next steps.  This episode is a follow up to Episode 2: Make It Litchfield.