Community Leadership

Blandin Foundation helps rural Minnesota leaders develop and enhance the skills, knowledge and relationships they need to build and sustain healthy communities.

Healthy community is a place to live where all people can meet their economic, social, physical, cultural and spiritual needs, work together for the common good, and participate in creating their future.

Since 1985, our leadership programs have trained over 7,000 leaders who reside in approximately 600 rural Minnesota communities.

We have been engaged with partners across the state in working with rural communities and leaders from all sectors to not only carry out training, but evolve our programs to reflect current rural developments and feedback from our participants.

Current and Upcoming Leadership Training

Two Harbors Area

BCLP September 18 - 22

LEDC - Long Prairie

LEDC September 26 - November 14 Thunder Lodge

Lake City Area

BCLP October 9 - 13

LPEP - Luverne

LPEP October 26 - May 10 Grand Prairie Events

BRCLP - Mille Lacs, Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux, Prairie Island, Shakopee

BRCLP October 30 - November 3

Benson KMS Area

BCLP January 29 - February 2

East Range Area

BCLP February 12 - 16

Winona Area

BCLP March 12 - 16

From the Outposts Blog

Rural “neighborhood effects” give kids a leg up for future job earning

Aug 07

Last year, Stanford economist Raj Chetty and other researchers found that “children growing up in poor families in three out of four rural counties have higher incomes than the national average at age 26 simply as a result of spending time in these communities.” Star Tribune’s Adam Belz wrote a three-part series  on the research […]

University of Minnesota President Kaler: Rural communities can break the cycle of ‘brain drain’

Aug 01

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler penned an uplifting piece that ran in The Hill yesterday. It leaned on data from a recent Pew Charitable Trust report and U of M Extension research on brain gain to counteract the narrative that all rural places are dying. Across rural Minnesota, we’ve seen brain gain in action, […]

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