Sep 12

LqP County a good place for brain gain with FTTH

Arron Brown recently wrote a thoughtful piece on Brain Gain for the Blandin Foundation Outposts. The brain gain refers to the reserve migration many communities are seeing these days in rural Minnesota. Young people leave their hometowns for education and first jobs – but they are returning once they have families. They don’t move to town for a job; they move to town for the lifestyle.


We’ve been hearing about Brain Gain for a couple of years now – in fact, Lac qui Parle County factoring highly in an article on brain gain on Minnesota Public Radio. Arron Brown does a nice job with her perspective and provides added good new to this happy trend – brain gainers are looking for places with technology. That’s puts LqP County in a good place with our fiber connectivity. …


“We are seeing for the first time in the history of the world that ‘location, location, location’ is becoming less and less important,” said Bell from his office in New York. “It’s never unimportant, but the ability to transact almost anything instantaneously online has all kinds of disruptive impacts on the world, but offers rural areas a hope they’ve never seen before. It will take people awhile to realize how powerful this opportunity is. It’s not like a highway that someone builds to your town, but something you have to build yourself.”

For communities that have depended on natural resources, whether that’s farming, logging or mining, it can be difficult to realize that potential, Bell said.

“You are constructing a new economy on top of the old one,” said Bell. “You don’t want to get rid of the old one, but how do you produce another level? You have to start from square one. You have to have infrastructure. You have to have people who know how to use that infrastructure to create knowledge and value.”

Bell and his co-authors find that high-speed internet connectivity is a cornerstone in the attraction of returning professionals, something Winchester echoes after his research for U of M Extension Service.

“People almost expect to have [broadband internet],” said Winchester. “They’re surprised not to have it. It’s not something people search and hunt for; it’s something they expect to be there.”

Winchester said rural areas where high speed internet is available to the home see significant telecommuting opportunities from all over the country.

Sep 12

Join the WC CERT Seed Grant Forum – Oct. 15th 1-4pm at Prairie Woods!

We wanted to pass on this invitation…

Hello WC CERT Friends, Register now for the WC CERT Seed Grant Forum hosted at Wednesday, October 15th 1:00 – 4:00pm at Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center located just outside of Spicer!  We’ll learn about exciting renewable energy and energy efficiency seed grant projects in your region. In addition, we’ll tour Prairie Woods’ facility to see its wind, solar PV, solar thermal, and biomass installations!

Register for this free event online at or call 612-626-0555!

Sep 11

Customer Service Training Oct


Your staff is the face of your brand. Be sure they deliver great service every time. 

At Your Service:  working with multicultural customers gives you what you need to train staff to deliver quality customer service to today’s diverse customers. This curriculum helps you deliver a half-day workshop right in your business or community, using scripted content for the trainer, participant workbook materials, evaluation materials and power point slides. 

Join us, and learn to deliver a training that is fun, effective and affordable! The At Your Service curriculum has been successful for training staffs in the tourism industry including retail, lodging, restaurants, attractions, health care, non-profit or government offices. 

The University of Minnesota Tourism Center is a collaboration of University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

Thursday, October 2, 2014           
8:30 am – 4:00 pm 
Where:     University of Minnesota           
St. Paul Campus  Register:  Online at 
Price: $459 provides you everything you need to deliver quality customer  service training. Purchase the curriculum and use it for multiple  workshops in your organization or business.   For more information, please call 612‐624‐4947. 

Sep 08

Fall LqP EDA workshops: I have a device. HELP! & Using your device for your business

Join us for our Fall Workshops
Day One: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
“I have a device. HELP!”
LqP County Annex Multi-Media Room 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Ann Treacy will teach you to use your IPad, Kindle, Nook, smartphone in a welcoming environment where you can ask anything! Bring your device and questions.
A light lunch is provided for you.

Day Two: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
“Using your device for your business”
LqP County Annex Multi-Media Room 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Learn how Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media channels you can manage from a smartphone, IPad or other tablet. Raise your business online profile.
A light lunch is provided for you.

To register: Email: Or Call 320-598-7976 or 320-368-3057
No later than September 12th by NOON.

Send the $50.00 pre-payment in advance of each class to:

Lac qui Parle County EDA Ste. 10 – 600 6th Street Madison, MN 56256

You may also drop your check off at the same address.  We are located in the County Courthouse, garden level

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