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Regional Recruitment

The UMVRDC has facilitated a group of regional economic development professionals looking for strategies to attract and retain higher skill, higher wage demographics in the region. Research has shown that those in the age range of 35–45 years are seeking out rural lifestyles.

The topic of their meetings has been coined “Regional Recruitment” and the project includes three phases: education and research, mobilization of resources, and implementation and marketing.

Work completed to date includes:

  • Focus groups with new residents in the region to understand influential factors in their decision to move to our region.
  • A mail survey was done to ask additional new residents about their influential factors.
  • An economic impact analysis of newcomers based on data collected form surveys and focus groups.
  • An analysis of where the highest concentration of potential new residents exists in Minnesota.
  • An analysis of the online presence of businesses in all 37 cities in the region.
  • A report called “Regional Recruitment: Strategies to Attract and Retain Newcomers” that can be found  on the EDA Center website.

Our regional team has been fortunate to receive support and assistance from the University of Minnesota including: Extension, Crookston EDA Center, Morris Center for Small Towns Students in Service Intern, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs Community Assistance Program Intern.

For more information about regional recruitment, contact Dawn Hegland at 320-289-1981.

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