A Futurist’s View of Rural Minnesota

Today Delore Zimmerman of Praxis Strategy Group, Grand Forks, ND presented the first webinar in a series hosted by the Blandin Foundation. (You can hear the presentation here – look at related media under the picture.)

Delore provided guidance for rural community leaders about development trends and the steps communities must take to increase their investment attractiveness. I tried to take Twitter notes during the event #mnbb09 (those notes will change as I post more on the broadband conference and related events).

In a nutshell, he spoke about the importance of creating and promoting a story for your community’s future. Drawing from past strengths is a good place to start but recognize the changes in government, manufacturing and agriculture – three sectors that have dominated past growth in rural areas. As the global populations grow so will the importance of these sectors but as you draw from the past remember to focus on infrastructure and the network that drives growth today. Best exercise – brainstorm your ideas for future growth by thinking of newspaper headlines you’d like to see in your community.

Upcoming free webinars include:

October 20, 2009
Broadband Best Practices in Greater Minnesota
Presenter: Bill Coleman of Community Technology Advisors, Mahtomedi, MN

And November 3, 2009
Telling a Story with Social Media
Presenter: Ann Treacy, Treacy Information Services

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