May E-Newsletter

With support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Region Nine has created a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Plan. 

April E-Newsletter

Stay up to date on what is happening at Region Nine in the latest edition of our e-newsletter.

Adult Basic Education: The Workforce Puzzle Part 2

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.

The Changing Demographics of Region Nine – Part 1

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.

Region Nine Development Commission Named a Constant Contact Certified Solution Provider

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. 

January E-Newsletter

New Commissioner, Innovation Index, and more in the latest e-newsletter.

The Innovation Index

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.

December 2016 E-Newsletter

Click to view the 2016 E-Newsletter.  

Rural Economy: The Full Picture

Throughout my five years as the Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission, a question has constantly been asked, “Who speaks for rural MN?”.

Population of retirement aged people grows in last decade

December 9, 2016 – The Greater Mankato area is home to a rising number of elderly people as the baby-boom generation reaches retirement age, which could cause rippling effects on the region.