Goal Captains: Joanna Schrupp and Leslie Valiant
Volunteer Force: 44
Goal Progress Reports: Click Here
Economic Vitality focuses on strengthening economic opportunities throughout the region.
In order to achieve this, Goal Two established one sub goal and four other areas of focus:
Here are a few of the things they’ve accomplished:
A study was initiated by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC and the Willmar Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Grow MN! Team to accomplish the following objectives:
Sixty convention, retail, tourism and service industry businesses and 22 manufacturing businesses were interviewed.
There are a number of groups currently working on projects as a result of this study.
Learn more about those projects on the Willmar Lakes Area Vision 2040 website in this blog or contact the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar EDC for more information.
Sixty seven community members attended the Boomtown USA event held in September 2015. The event featured Craig Lindvahl who shared the 7 ½ Steps to Big Success in Small Towns based on the book by Jack Schultz which included the following seven keys to small town viability:
Mr. Lindvahl also discussed how to engage millennials in the process and other tips based on his book Things You Wish You Knew Yesterday: And Other Stuff You Need To Know Tomorrow.
Learn more about the Boomtown USA event in the blog on the Vision 2040 website.
A group of 23 people from the Willmar Lakes Area spent two days visiting Fargo in October 2015 to learn from this successful community some tips on achieving our goals. They attended panels, explored the downtown, industrial park, housing and university sections of Fargo. They learned several takeaways that will help the Willmar area move our communities forward including these points of consideration:
For more takeaways and information on the Inner City Leadership Tour, read this blog on the Vision 2040 website.
•Hosted Robert Valdez, Director of WAMM who discussed WAMM training for entrepreneurs.
•Hosted Cathy Baumgartner, Central MN Jobs in Training Services who discussed how employers and the public and use their services to post jobs, find workers and create training.
•Hosted Julie Redepenning, Business Services in Central and Southwest MN from DEED who discussed her role as encouraging the creation and retention of high quality jobs through business growth.
•Hosted Dr. Douglas Allen, President of Ridgewater College and Sam Bowen, Dean of Customized Training at Ridgewater College who discussed the benefits of Ridgewater’s training programs to fill gaps in skills.
•Continues to offer opportunities to attend programing like DEED’s Workforce Seminar to continue education on workforce issues.
Moving forward, Goal #2 is looking to create an interest in manufacturing firms by developing manufacturing awareness in the month of October via schools, public and private entities. They will also be working collaboratively with Goal #4 to start 1 Million Cup and continue the Intercity Leadership Visits.
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I made connections with community members and found many common visions. I have begun to get more active in the community due to the connections.
“I'm honored to be part of Vision 2040 and the team that is forging the future of the Willmar Lakes Area community. We are a strong vibrant community that works hard and works together through partnerships and collaborative efforts. This spark of leadership for this is caused by people willing to risk failure to reach for success. We have seen there's no limit to what a group can do if the individuals don't care who gets the credit.”
“We are proud to be part of the Vision 2040 effort here at the community foundation because it aligns with our core mission to engage people, connect resources and build community. It was an easy choice to invest not only financial resources to support Vision 2040 but also to lend significat board and staff time to help drive this effort forward. It's transforming our communities for the future our residents dream about-using their ideas and energies to make good things happen organically in real time and for years to come-and we want to be part of making that possible!”