ST. PETER, MINN. – St. Peter residents came together for a community conversation on race Wednesday night. The Region Nine Development Commission has teamed up with the YWCA of Mankato and the Greater Mankato Diversity Council to host forums in seven rural towns in South Central Minnesota.
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MANKATO — Pick a calamity — drought, flooding, pathogens, parasites, tornadoes, wildfires — and you are likely to see more of them in the coming years as climate change continues to alter south-central Minnesota.
With support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Region Nine has created a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Plan.
Stay up to date on what is happening at Region Nine in the latest edition of our e-newsletter.
There are many different pieces to solving a workforce shortage in a region. One piece, as identified in Region Nine’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (), is the support of educational attainment.
South central Minnesota is in the early stages of a workforce shortage. The notion bounced around in workforce planning circles, economic development discussions and human resources departments is that the solution to this shortage is to lean on a growing minority population.
Jan. 23, 2017 – Ashley Aukes, Communications Specialist for Region Nine Development Commission, has been named a Certified Solution Provider by Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than 650,000 small organizations worldwide.
New Commissioner, Innovation Index, and more in the latest e-newsletter.
By all indications, the economy of south central Minnesota is flourishing. The unemployment rate is down to three percent, earnings are well above traditional distress criteria, and the region has a robust base of jobs in manufacturing, health care, retail trade and educational services.
- A complex problemFebruary 14, 2019 - 10:46 am
Two bills introduced in the Minnesota Legislature aim to increase child care access and space across the state. To Albert Lea Children’s Center Executive Director Sue Loch, however, the legislation does not address the need to pay child care teachers more, which she said is needed to increase child care access. One bill, authored by […]
- Free business coaching for minority-owned businessesFebruary 13, 2019 - 9:38 am
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, in partnership with Region Nine Development Commission and Faribault Diversity Coalition, is recruiting minority-owned business leaders for a new cohort of its Prosperity Initiative. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 29 percent of Minnesota’s population in 2040 will be people of color, an increase from only 4 percent in 1980. In […]
- Tackling the child care crisis at all levelsFebruary 1, 2019 - 10:48 am
Last May U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar sat inside the conference room of the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce office building and listened to community stakeholders share child care issues during a roundtable discussion. Chamber President Brad Gruhot said child care used to be a cost issue, but he now told the senator “it’s also an […]
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