Pope County wants to grow and broadband is part of the equation

According to the Pope County Tribune

The Pope County Board of Commissioners heard a report from West Central Initiative Business and Economic Development Director Greg Wagner and Donor Services Officer Tom McSparron at its meeting last Wednesday.

Wagner gave the board a report on the economic development of Pope County in 2016. He said that Pope County’s population decline has slowed and is on a slow upward trajectory, with a growth in population until 2025. From 2000 to 2016 Pope County lost approximately 147 people, but is expected to grow from 11,049 in 2016 to 11,758 by 2025.

2016 trends in Pope County included the need for a larger workforce, housing affordability, the need for increased wages, the need to expand broadband access and coverage, rising energy costs and the need for more child care openings and providers.

They also mention a website that helps businesses recover from disaster…

McSparron mentioned how WCI has created a website called stayopenforbiz.org that helps businesses prepare for disasters. He said that 25 percent of businesses that close their doors due to a disaster never reopen. The site is used to help those businesses develop continuity plans to prepare for disasters. WCI helps companies start up and expand through loan and business assistance programs.

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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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