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Vital Connections On Air

Community-focused podcasts

Join us for Vital Connections On Air, a free podcast from University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality. We explore the trends and topics important to Minnesota communities and their leaders.

You'll hear about research from the University of Minnesota and Extension, as well as inspiring stories from local communities and organizations.

Podcast episodes

Special episode 05: Exploring emotions during a pandemic

You may be dealing with new emotions as we transition to more social lives and lose daily patterns and routines. Listen as we discuss strategies to help overcome uncertainty.

Special episode 04: Focusing on what you can choose

Feeling overwhelmed or stressed due to the pandemic? Listen to our conversation on why we experience these feelings and ways to calm our minds.

Special episode 03: Impacts on retail

COVID-19 has impacted businesses differently. Listen as we discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on retail and the implications for business succession.

Special episode 02: Navigating change

Our world is constantly changing; now more than ever before. Listen as we discuss strategies for leaders to help themselves and their communities navigate change.

Special episode 01: Economists on the economy

Today, the dial is moving, and businesses are reopening. What can communities do to support business now? Listen in as we share thoughts from Extension educators.

Episode 25: Rural-urban workforce opportunities

Minnesotans in rural and urban areas help grow our diverse economy. Listen as we discuss current challenges and opportunities facing Minnesota's workforce.

Episode 24: Rural-urban economic interdependence

What do jobs and other economic factors look like in rural Minnesota? How about urban Minnesota? Listen as we discuss their top job industries and economic success.

Episode 23: A community approach to evaluating programs

Evaluating programs and initiatives is critical. Hear how listening to community members' stories and interviews can impact your evaluation process.

Episode 22: REVing up entrepreneurship

How do you inspire entrepreneurship in your community? Listen as we talk about a framework used to energize entrepreneurs in six southern Minnesota communities.

Episode 21: Conversations change Campbell

How can you make your community more appealing to others? Hear how conversations in Campbell, Minnesota led to big community changes in appearance and pride.


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