• What will I learn during the training?

Highly interactive training will engage you as you gain insight into your own leadership strengths; learn more about community development tools in assessment, planning, acting, evaluating and sustaining and how they apply to your community; explore working across differences that make a difference; learn how to leverage local wealth and philanthropy; learn how to sustain initiatives and how to develop an action plan for your work. Specific approaches explored will include Community Capitals, Appreciative Inquiry,  Clues to Rural Community Survival, Logic Model , Hierarchy of Community Impacts and WealthWorks.  Participants also will get hands-on practice in several facilitation techniques.

  • What will the training experience be like?

Training will be participant-centered and include opportunities for you to build upon your experience and expertise as you work with other community development professionals. Each two-day session will include discussions of different community development tools, hands-on activities that reinforce the learning and formal and informal opportunities to network with professionals from across the state.  Participants will work individually, in pairs and in small groups, increasing their ability to form and strengthen meaningful relationships.

In addition, between-session work will ensure participants stay engaged in the learning and continue to foster meaningful relationships with other community development professionals.

  • Who will participate in the training?

Community development professionals from throughout rural Minnesota.

  • How much will this cost?

 Tuition is $725 and will include all training supplies, snacks and meals. Participants are responsible for lodging, which is $109+tax per night at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn, 100 Fourth Avenue South, St. Cloud.

  • Where and when will training take place?

Training will take place at Best Western Plus Kelly Inn in St. Cloud on November 12-13, 2019; January 14-15, 2020; and March 10-11, 2020.

  • What's so special about this training opportunity?

A residential learning experience minimizes interruptions and allows you to focus on the learning. The casual setting makes it easy to intersperse formal training with informal interaction -- deepening the connections you'll make with other community development professionals.

  • How will I put what I learn into practice on a daily basis?

Each of the three, two-day training sessions is designed to relate specifically to your work: You will learn how to use tools that can be applied immediately. In addition, the sessions build upon each other, so what you've learned in the first session becomes the foundation for the second, and what you learn in the second session helps prepare you for the third.

In addition, between-session engagement -- quizzes, surveys, postings on the Learning Cohort Forum on this website -- will reinforce what you've learned.

  • What is The Minnesota Network and why is it important?

The Minnesota Network is comprised of an informal network of organizations committed to ensuring the vibrancy of rural Minnesota Communities, including the Blandin Foundation; the Bush Foundation; the Initiative Foundation; the Latino Economic Development Center; the Minnesota Association of Development Organizations, which includes 10 regional development organizations; the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation; Southwest Initiative Foundation, University of Minnesota Extension, and West Central Initiative.

These organizations have experienced the tremendous benefits to be gained from networking -- sharing best practices, exchanging ideas, providing insights, etc. -- and want you to realize similar benefits when you form a network with other participants. The Learning Cohort Forum will help reinforce the connections you make.

  • How can I register?

Click here to register for the training.

  • Are scholarships available?

A limited number of scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.  

  • What if I have additional questions?

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