Strong Towns is leading a series of in-depth, community-centered conversations in the Minnesota Iron Range. Grand Rapids will be the first stop in this week-long event. There are two public events as part of this stop.

The Role of Tourism and Arts in Bringing People Back to the Range

Location: Old Central High School (10 NW 5th St, Grand Rapids, MN)

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Join us for lunch and a roundtable discussion about the role of entrepreneurship, tourism and arts in bringing people back to the region. We'll have a dynamic conversation with community doers involved in the arts, culture, outdoor recreation and tourism. Seating is limited. Please RSVP.


Curbside Chat

Location: Timberlake Lodge (144 Southeast 17th Street, Grand Rapids, MN)

Time: 6pm-8pm

Strong Towns staff, including President, Charles Marohn (a lifelong resident of northern Minnesota), will lead a discussion about why our communities are struggling financially and how to fix that. The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. The standard approach to economic growth—which often involves injecting outside funds in the hopes of catalyzing development—is not working and has left the Iron Range with financial challenges and unemployment.

Strong Towns will highlight creative ways to build better places and create more job opportunities, all while utilizing the assets that already exist in the community. This is a model that has proven to be successful in other towns throughout the country.

All members of the community are invited to attend these free, public events to participate in discussions about the alternative economy and the Strong Towns approach.