Economic Development

"This project doesn't happen without our community support" says CoHaus co-founder Megan Kellin. 

CoHaus describes their project as:

CoHaus is a collective workspace where you can work independently alongside other creatives and professionals. It’s where work meets play. You focus on growing your business, we’ll handle the rest. Get furnished, move-in ready workspaces with the infrastructure you need and premier amenities. Be a part of an inspirational community and network with other members.

Chancellor Devinder Malhotra

In Minnesota we have a serious shortage of people with skills to work in certain areas of our economy.  The shortage of workers is most critical in advanced manufacturing, agriculture, health care services, information technology, early childhood education, and transportation.

In 2017, the MN legislature put up a million dollars for a pilot program that offered workforce development scholarships of 25 hundred dollars to attract students into these careers.

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This week Marshall reports on Tower City Finance issues that are continuing to be unearthed since the suspension of the Tower City Clerk/Treasurer.  This time the LCCMR grant Tower received is in jeopardy.  We'll also hear about Lamppa Manufacturing and their new facility that could mean much economic growth to the region - it's back on track finally after contracts have been signed.  Somewhat good news for Zup's Groceries which burned down last year in Cook, MN will have a temporary store opened soon.

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This week on the Border News Roundup editor Marshall Helmberger fills us in on the condominium project in Tower, the gloomy and colder than usual temperatures this year, and peak color observations. 

Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability

A new report released by the Iron Range Partnership for Sustainability shows that the potential economic impact of local food in the region is great.

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Tune in for our weekly conversation with Marshall Helmberger about the news in NE MN from the Timberjay newspaper. 

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Every week Timberjay publisher and editor Marshall Helmberger tells us about the stories he's been covering.  This week a tragic house fire, a look at the opinions and economics of copper nickel mining, Rep.

  Minnesota leads the nation in support for artists and the arts.  Sheila Smith is the Executive Director of MN Citizens for the Arts.   She stopped by the KBXE studio to talk about a comprehensive study measuring the economic impact of the arts on Minnesota communities.   She also talked about the impact arts experiences have on our communities that goes beyond economics.   Wondering how your community and region of the state measures up?  Check out the findings of the study at Creativemn.org

Brainerd Dispatch

We talked with Sheila Haverkamp who is the Executive Director of the Brainerd Lakes Area Economic Development Corporation about how a private-public parternership over 13 years ago has created a fiber optic network that is attracting new people and new businesses to the Brainerd Area. 

February 8, 2017

Entrepreneurs find a technology-friendly home in the Brainerd Lakes Area