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Aug 17 17

Office Closed – September 4th

by Melissa

Our office will be closed on Monday, September 4th in observance of Labor Day.  We will open at 8am on Tuesday the 5th.

Have a safe & happy holiday.

Aug 16 17

Recruit & Retain a Strong Workforce

by Melissa

Are you curious about how you can grow your competitive business advantage, as well as, hearing what some specific businesses are currently doing to help recruit and retain a strong workforce?

Attend the “The Power of Different” on Friday, September 22, 2017 from 8:30 AM to noon at The Crossings (Montevideo Golf Club) 4490 W Hwy 212, Montevideo, MN

Diversity is a Competitive Advantage!

Research shows organizations with employees of different ages, races, genders, religions, physical abilities and thinking styles perform better.
• Attract & retain quality employees • Expand customer base
• Enhance performance & innovation • Reduce risk of litigation

Hear presentations from:

“ The Power of Different” – Tracy Hassan
A professional speaker and trainer in Customer Service and Employee Engagement, Tracy Hassan offers a fun and insightful look at how global and local companies embrace “The Power of Differ-ent” to increase innovation, performance & profitability!

“A Look at Our Region” – Luke Greiner
DEED Regional Labor Market Analyst Luke Greiner provides labor market information and dis-cusses current and future workforce data beneficial to area employers.
Business Panel and Group Discussion – Hear from Len Bakken, JBS, Worthington, Raquel Rolla, Mid-Continent, Cottonwood, David Lamas, Duininck Incorporated, Prinsburg, and Advance Opportunities as they share what they are doing to recruit and retain a competitive workforce. An excellent opportunity to network!

Register by September 15, 2017—
$20.00 (includes breakfast & refreshments)

This event is coordinated by the Southwest Initiative Foundation, City of Montevideo, Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council, Southwest West Central Service Cooperative, Montevideo Area Chamber of Commerce, Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services
For special accommodation, contact Julie Redepenning— or 320-269-9372

Register at…

Aug 16 17

Is Your Community Working on Community Health Initiatives?

by Melissa

Is your community working on community health initiatives?

Do you have a collaboration in place with multiple partners like the school, health care facility, Countryside Public Health’s SHIP program or others and have a project that could win $25,000?

“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize is an annual competition honoring communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to provide everyone with the opportunity to live well.

Prize communities will receive $25,000, have the opportunity to share their story and lessons learned with the country, and join a national network of past winning communities.”

Free webinar on September 20.

Application deadline: November 3, 2017, 3:00pm ET

The RWJF website has a sampling of past winners to get your ideas flowing!…/funding-opportun…/2017/chr-prize6.html

Aug 4 17

2017 UMVRDC Annual Report

by Melissa

The 2017 UMVRDC Annual Report is now available! Click here… 


Jul 11 17

Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan Is Finalized

by Melissa

Federal transit law requires that organizations who operate services funded by Section 5310 be included in a locally developed, coordinated public transit-human services transportation plan. The plan must be developed and approved through a process that includes participation by seniors, individuals with disabilities, representatives of public, private, and nonprofit transportation and human services providers and other members of the public utilizing transportation services. These coordinated plans identify the transportation needs of individuals with disabilities, older adults, and people with low incomes, provide strategies for meeting these needs, and prioritize transportation services for funding and implementation.

The RDC engaged a variety of stakeholders throughout the region over a period of six months to provide input and guide the planning process. A steering committee convened for three meetings and a public workshop was held. Four data collection tools were utilized: an organizational survey, a rider survey, an organizational focus group and an individual focus group. The final plan was posted for public comment for 15 days and was finally adopted June 27th. A Regional Transportation Coordination Council (RTCC) will be convened and funded by MnDOT in 2018 and will be tasked with accomplishing goals and projects identified by the plan.

The completed plan, a 1-page summary and the Effectively Addressing the Transit Needs of Greater Minnesota companion report are available in PDF format.

To view the:

2017 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan – click here

2017 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan 1-Page Summary – click here

Effectively Addressing the Transit Needs of Greater Minnesota Report – click here

2011 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan – click here

2006 Local Human Service Transit Coordination Plan – click here


For more information on this or other transit issues, contact Jason Brisson at 320.289.1981 ext. 107 or email