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Strengthening rural economy is focus of recent Blandin Foundation grants

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In the recently released 2013 Rural Pulse survey, it was found that 76 percent of rural Minnesotans thought today’s economy was worse or the same as compared to one year ago. The need to attract new, high-quality jobs continues to be a key concern, over twice as important as education.

This concern was evident in the recent grants approved at the Blandin Foundation’s June Board meeting. As highlighted in the recent news release:

July 12, 2013

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. – Among the $4.2 million in grants awarded by Blandin Foundation in June, many are focused on strengthening our rural economy by building high-quality, living-wage jobs and developing skills of rural Minnesota’s workforce.  At their quarterly  meeting in Grand Rapids, Foundation trustees approved a total of 124 grants.

To read about the projects supported, please click here.

Hear rural Minnesotans talk about the importance of attracting high-quality jobs in the video clip below.

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