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11/10/2016

THE FAIRMONT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PUT ON A SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF " RURAL AMERICA'S REBOUND" BY UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW BEN WINCHESTER- WHO'S RESEARCH HAS BEEN THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE "BRAIN GAIN" INITIATIVES TAKING PLACE IN RURAL MINNESOTA INCLUDING THE "FAIRMONT AREA LIFE" PROJECT.

IN HIS PRESENTATION MR. WINCHESTER INCLUDE A SEGMENT OF RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION DEALING WITH PEOPLE SEEKING NEW OPPORTUNITIES IN RURAL MINNESOTA COMMUNITITIES . HE TALKED ABOUT BEING PREPARED AS COMMUNITY TO BE WELCOMING TO NEWCOMERS AND TO PREPARE PLAN TO TALK WITH THEM ABOUT HOW YOU CAN MEET THEIR NEEDS.

MR WINCHESTER SAYS THERE IS A NEW URBANITY FOUND ACROSS THE RURAL LANDSCAPE THAT CHANGES HOW WE LOOK AT URBAN RURAL INTERACTIONS AND THAT THE NEXT 15-20 YEARS APPEARS TO BE GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR AMERICAN SMALL TOWNS AS A ONCE TIGHT HOUSING SUPPLY BEGINS TO OPEN UP THROUGH CHANGING RESIDENTIAL PREFERENCES OF THE RETIRING BOOMER GENERATION.

BEN WINCHESTER SAID COMMUNITIES SHOULD TALK WITH NEWCOMERS ABOUT OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN COMING TO RURAL MINNESOTA.

MR WINCHESTER SAY OVERALL AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTIRE,THE IMPLICATIONS OF THESE CHANGES ARE POSITIVE ONES FOR ALL OF OUR SMALL TOWNS AND OPEN COUNTRY PLACES.

BEN WINCHESTER ALSO MADE A PRESENTATION TO THE FAIRMONT AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUREAU 14 MEETING ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT.


ROD HALVORSEN
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