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Vital Connections On Air

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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

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.

Episode 20: Community conversations

How do you discuss ideas and issues with your neighbors? Listen to Jody Horntvedt share nuts-and-bolts advice for creating healthy community conversations.

Episode 19: Engaged with nature

What does being an involved citizen mean? It isn't always about running for office. Hear from community members who helped protect and promote a hidden nature spot in Woodbury, Minnesota.

Episode 18: Civic engagement 101

What does civic engagement mean? Listen to Extension educators discuss its meaning and share best practices for working with others and tools to get involved.

Episode 17: Key workforce issues

How do we address Minnesota's workforce issues? Listen to speakers from the University of Minnesota and Extension share their insight on the labor market.

Episode 16: Workforce wrap up - it’s the people

How can we create a vibrant Minnesota workforce? Listen to a variety of speakers share insight on workforce issues and how to prepare and help those affected.

Episode 15: Making business succession planning successful

How do you plan for a successful business transition? Sharing resources and building supportive relationships can help. In this episode, hear how Spring Valley, Minnesota created a program that helps business owners.


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