Over the last few months, I’ve shared highlights from community and business leaders about new things happening throughout southwest Minnesota. From bringing natural gas service to the Clara City area to capitalizing on Marshall’s Regional Amateur Sports Commission designation, our communities are tackling issues that affect so much in our rural region.
Our leaders are preparing for success by thinking not only about our needs today, but also about what we’ll need in the future—to attract new businesses, meet workforce needs, and provide reasons for families to stay. This means our communities need to be able to meet basic needs like good housing, schools and support services. It means our communities need to have good jobs available. And it also means our communities need to speak up about great local recreation and entertainment.
What’s so exciting to me is that I already see these things happing throughout our region! Our communities of course face challenges, but I believe they are outweighed by the opportunities and more importantly, the committed and capable leaders who are ready and willing to meet both head-on.
Here’s your chance, as leaders, to share what makes your own community a great and important part of rural southwest Minnesota. Post a comment telling us what’s new and/or exciting in your community, and we’ll feature it as a future Believe In Southwest blog post!