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STEM Seekers

An innovation hub for students, businesses

4th Quarter 2014

Cutting-edge labs at St. Cloud State hold great promise to bring tech and science leadership to Central Minnesota.


STEM Seekers

The ISELF labs at St. Cloud State University promise to turn Central Minnesota into an innovation hub.

Ready. Set. Grow.

Early childhood development is also economic development—with a very high rate of return.

Succession Means Success

Small towns depend on their local businesses. Here’s how communities can help make sure these economic assets thrive under new leaders.

Hire Education

Hands-on career programs help teens and young adults successfully move into the workplace.


Regional Highlights

Get the latest economic and community development highlights from the 14-county area.

Talent Show

Hiring interns helps businesses attract and retain local talent.

Shining Reputation

Highly skilled workers have made Central Minnesota a world leader in stainless steel fabrication.

Serving Solutions

AmeriCorps VISTA members help nonprofits fight poverty across Central Minnesota.

Lasting Goodwill

How a World War II Army secretary from Little Falls built a legacy for her town.

LakeLady Custom Rods

Pequot Lakes hobbyist turns craft into a year-round labor of love.