Jobs happen when communities invest in infrastructure

Prairie Business Magazine ran a nice article this week on rural development. Infrastructure, specifically broadband infrastructure, plays highly into their rural development strategy. I think the following quote from the article paints the picture…

“Infrastructure, by definition, provides the fundamental facilities and systems by which any given area thrives,” states Colleen Landkamer, USDA Rural Development State Director in Minnesota. “We can’t expect to attract businesses to a community without access to clean drinking water or modern wastewater treatment. We can’t expect a business to consider locating in an area without high-speed broadband access or quality healthcare. We can’t expect businesses to remain in an area if there is not enough affordable housing to accommodate the workforce. Everything is tied together, and I think people are starting to realize that. Job creation starts with investing in infrastructure.”

I want to remind folks of the study by Minnesota Rural Partners earlier this year that demonstrated that investment in rural areas reaps benefits for both the rural areas and the Twin Cities. As the budget debates continues and money continues to be tough I think it’s good to remember that job creation starts with investing and investing in rural areas comes back to benefit the Twin Cities as well.

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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