Workforce Research Symposium

Presentations and Community Discussions

May 15, 2018

Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union, East Bank, Minneapolis Campus

A research symposium to help Extension help communities

On May 15, 2018, the Extension Center for Community Vitality hosted a symposium on Minnesota's workforce. The symposium welcomed researchers, scholars and staff from throughout the University. Our goal was to connect Extension to research and scholarship that can help Minnesota's employers and economic development leaders address issues of workforce attraction and retention. We also wanted to connect university researchers to each other, inspiring them to conduct multi-disciplinary research about workforce capacity and economic development.

On this site, you'll find ten presentations about issues that affect Minnesota's workforce issues, and the documented proceedings of the discussions at this event.

The workforce symposium was funded, in part, by the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

About the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality

The Extension Center for Community Vitality makes a difference by engaging Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, and economic capacity of their communities. Our educators, specialists, publications and programs help communities choose their future by:

· Informing the decisions they make.

· Improving the processes they use when they make decisions.

· Enhancing the skills, ability and confidence of people who lead and decide.

· Increasing the number of people who step up to lead and decide.

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Want to talk with us about Extension and community workforce issues?

Contact Michael Darger, Business Retention and Expansion Specialist, Extension Center for Community Vitality

612-625-6246 or

Or, Joyce Hoelting, Assistant Director, Extension Center for Community Vitality

612-625-8233 or

Read and listen to learn more

Vital Connections and Vital Connections on Air featured workforce issues in 2017 and 2018. Check out our discussions of community workforce issues.